I’m currently in a six month eldership process at my local church. This series is taken from questions asked during the process.
A group of people are talking and invite you to answer a question they have been trying to figure out. The question they are trying to answer is what role does prayer have in the Christian life if you preach the sovereignty of God? What would be your answer for them?
This is actually a great chance to teach on prayer. I would first be thankful that I’ve been invited to answer this question. The scarier thing would be if people privately question prayer in light of God’s sovereignty, don’t pray, and never tell anyone.
I would try to gently show the group the direction they are heading. If you follow the logic they are saying, “God, since I now know that you are totally in control I’m not going to pray anymore. Previously, I thought you weren’t completely in control so I thought you needed my help. Prayer was me throwing you a bone, helping you out.”
Hopefully, at this point they would be laughing and realize how silly that sounds by thinking God’s sovereignty rules out prayer. I would then probably spend most of my time focusing on how Jesus seemed to pray more than any of us today. Have any of us spent multiple all-nighters praying?
If there was any human being on the planet that didn’t need to pray it was the 2nd person of the Trinity. Yet Jesus, who obviously shows us He is all-knowing, still prays all the time.
Prayer is not us helping out God, letting Him know what’s going on…prayer is us submitting our life to God. It is a tangible way for us to commune with God. Prayer is not necessary for God to know what’s going on, but it is necessary for us to know and live situation-by-situation with our God.
How would you have answered this group?