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Before the Prayer Is Done

January 08, 2020
By Martin Luther

Before [the servant] had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah .... came out with her water jar on her shoulder.

GENESIS 24:15

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Before the Prayer Is Done

[We should not have any doubt] about being heard; but we should leave the place, the time, and all particulars to the will and counsel of God. Whoever does this will experience through the actual result how wonderful the power and efficacy of prayer is. For "likewise the Spirit also helps us in our weakness . . . and intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words" (Romans 8:26). And Ephesians 3:20 states: "Who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think." We ask solely for these outward blessings: peace, quiet, good health, and the things necessary for this life. But God's power surpasses all our understanding, hope, and asking. Consequently, God bestows on those who call upon Him more and greater things than the human heart can comprehend or request; for we worship Him whose power and beneficence are boundless. Indeed, He also determines all the particulars, the place, the time, and the person far better and more successfully than we would prescribe with our thinking. Therefore let us habituate and stir up our hearts to prayer, in order that many may pray together; for the greater the number of those who will pray, the more quickly and more abundantly they will get what they ask for.

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