Loraine Boettner on praying with free will

Furthermore, if God actually stood powerless before the majesty of man’s lordly will, there would be but little use to pray for him to convert any one. It would then be more reasonable for us to direct our petitions to the man himself.

My two cents

English: John Knox woodcut
English: John Knox woodcut (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wow, I hadn’t thought of it that way. I guess this would be the comeback to someone who asked “what’s the point of praying to God if the outcome’s already been decided?”

This puts a different slant on prayer.

Quote source

Boettner, L (1968). The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination. unknown: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company. p. 171


One thought on “Loraine Boettner on praying with free will

  1. That IS a good quote! I spent some time talking to many folks who didn’t see the need to prayer and this would have been a good way of sharing. Another quote I like is this – –

    As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are his children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work, and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.

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