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Wordwise Insight, Issue #066
February 14, 2010
WORDWISE INSIGHT is the free monthly newsletter of Wordwise-Bible-Studies.comIN THIS ISSUE...
BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Why pray? If God already knows everything, why bother to pray?
WORDWISE HYMNS: My Blog called Wordwise Hymns for you to check out!
MORE ARTICLES: The Praying Hand; Things for Which to Pray
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Questions from You.
(The Purpose of Prayer)QUESTION: Patty asks, "If God knows the outcome of everything, then why pray?"
ANSWER: Thanks for the question. It's a good one. And it certainly has practical relevance in our lives.
Yes, God is what theologians call omniscient, meaning He possesses all knowledge. He not only knows all about the past, but all about the future as well. "His understanding is infinite" (Ps. 147:5), meaning without limit. He says, "I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done" (Isa. 46:9-10). "Known to God from eternity are all His works" (Acts 15:18). He is fully aware of both the physical and the spirit realm, and knows all about angels and about human beings–even what we are thinking, feeling and planning (Ps. 139:1-4; Heb. 4:13; I Jn. 3:20).
That being so, what is the point of prayer? We can't tell the Lord anything He doesn't know already–and know more accurately and fully than we do. Why bother? Here are a few reasons that come to mind:
1) We should pray because God commands us to in His Word.
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MY BLOG ON HYMNS!
Come and Pay Us a Visit!In the spring I developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.
But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!
A Special Feature
My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.
What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click Wordwise Hymns.
OTHER ARTICLES TO CHECK OUTHere are two more articles on the subject of prayer that may be helpful to you. The first gives you a memory device to aid in recalling what to pray for. The second provides a list of a dozen or so requests, based on Scripture.
The Praying Hand
Things for Which to Pray
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