Why does God need our prayers?
March 27, 2007 7:28am CST
2 Corinthians 1:7-11: “And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” Let me pull that last passage out: “On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” Why does Paul and his companions need the prayers of other Christians in order to be delivered? Aren’t his prayers, or his prayers and those of his companions, enough for God to answer and deliver?
27 Mar 07
Back in school, we are taught that prayers said by two or more persons are more powerful than that made by one. I think this is because, there will be less clashing wishes so God can easily grant the prayer. But regardless of the number of persons praying, I believe that God grants the prayer of those who really believe in Him.
28 Mar 07
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I don't believe that God needs the prayers of many to answer our prayers at all. The gist of that verse, as I understand it, is that when many people are praying for the same thing, and when that prayer is answered, many will be thankful to God. God does want us to glorify Him. I think there is another reason that Paul writes this to the believers ... in proclaiming what God has already done to them, and enlisting them to join him (not out of need but desire) in prayer, he is completing his own joy and giving the believers an opportunity to experience the fullness of joy as well. 1 John 1:3-4 -- "that which I have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete." I explain this verse to the youth this way ... when we buy a new outfit, get a new hairdo or buy a new car, what is pretty much the first thing we want to do??? We want to show and tell someone about it. Why? Because it brings our joy to an even higher level when it is shared. I think this is what Paul is doing -- he is getting a completeness of joy in the things that God has already shown Him in blessings by sharing what he has with the others. But he is also giving them cause to anticipate the future completed joy when they are praying together and can talk together about the answered prayers. And this doesn't even touch on the potential of all the others that might be affected as word gets passed on to even more people.
27 Mar 07
God knows everything, but He said "ask and you shall receive"... we still need to pray and ask for forgiveness. thank Him for all the blessing he has given us. Thanks Him for the ar that we breathe, the food that we eat, and the mornings of our lives. God Bless!!!!