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The Blog of Darryl Dash

This blog is about how Jesus changes everything. He changes:

Our relationship with God

Our relationship with others

Our vocations - how we live and work in this world

Our ministries

This blog exists to explore some of the ways that Jesus changes everything. It provides resources and articles that will help you think about the ways that Jesus can change every part of your life.

The Lord himself invites you to a conference concerning your immediate and endless happiness, and He would not have done this if He did not mean well toward you. Do not refuse the Lord Jesus who knocks at your door; for He knocks with a hand which was nailed to the tree for such as you are. Since His only and sole object is your good, incline your ear and come to Him. Hearken diligently, and let the good word sink into your soul. (C.H. Spurgeon, All of Grace)

Sovereignty and Prayer

Theologians have tried to figure out how to reconcile God's sovereignty with human responsibility. How can God be sovereign over all things, and at the same time we have the ability to take meaningful action? It's fair to wrestle with this, and in the end to accept both at the same time.

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There is one important lesson. Bruce Waltke has observed that before John Calvin tackled the subject of election and God's sovereignty in his Institutes of the Christian Religion, he writes a large section on prayer.

Some observations:

  • God's sovereignty encourages our praying. We come to a God who is able to answer prayer.
  • Prayer is for our benefit. Calvin writes that God's purpose in prayer was "not so much for God’s good, as it was for our good."
  • God loves it when we pray. He "offers all happiness for our misery, all abundance for our want, opening up the treasures of heaven to us, so that we may turn with full faith to his beloved Son, depend upon him with full expectation, rest in him, and cleave to him with full hope." Prayer is a way of depending on God for what only he can provide.

In God's wisdom, our prayers and His sovereignty work well together. Our job is to pray, and to trust that He will accomplish all of his purposes. So pray.