Prayer requires a recognition of God. The psalmist David recognized the awesome presence of God when He said, "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). He who would pray must be fully persuaded that God is. Therefore, no atheist or agnostic -- or even a doubter -- can pray until he acknowledges the one true, eternal God.
Prayer requires an understanding of God. God as Deity is distinct from all created persons and things. He is a Person, yet a Spirit; that is to say, His reality is spiritual, not confined by time and space as humans are. He is from everlasting to everlasting, and no one is like Him or equal to Him. "To who then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?" (Isaiah 40:18).
True prayer without submission is an impossibility. How absurd it is to ask God for something when we know it is probably not His will! Those who pray in this spirit are not always denied their petitions. The Bible says God granted the complaining Israelites their request, but with it he gave leanness of soul (Psalm 106:15). The very thing they wanted so badly worked their destruction when they received it. God does often withhold what we desire wrongly, but sometimes He lets us have our own way so that we learn to be more submissive to His will.
Prayer is man's sincere effort to establish contact with God. Prayer, at its best, is man's reverent but intimate communion with God. Man is finite; God is infinite. Will any contact of finite man with the infinite God exhaust the potential of prayer? The possibilities are unlimited; the revelation is never finished. There is always more to seek, more to discover, more to tell.
192 pages -- hardcover
Dimensions: 5.5" x 8.5"
Rod and Staff Publishers