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I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
1 Timothy 2:8
The third condition about prayer is described as "without doubting," or if you prefer it, "without disputing." The reference is not to disputing with others, but to disputing with oneself. It denotes a state of wavering and uncertainty or perhaps even a state of actual intellectual rebellion.
The doubt may express itself in many different ways. It may be doubt with respect to the very being of God, doubt, to use the words of the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews, as to whether "he [God] is." Then there is often doubt with respect to what we may call the power or the possibility of prayer, as to whether anything can happen or even does happen, in a word whether there is any point in our praying at all.
As a result of these doubts, it often comes to pass that prayer is nothing but some desperate adventure or doubtful experiment in which we engage. We find ourselves in a difficult position or face to face with some dire need. We more or less "cry out in the dark," on the possible chance that it may succeed and we may be delivered.
Unless we observe this third condition, prayer is useless. We must approach God believing "that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6). The men whose prayers have been answered have always been those who knew God, those who have trusted Him most thoroughly, those who have been most ready to say at all times and in all circumstances, "Thy will be done," assured as they were of His holy and loving purpose. There must be no doubt, no disputing, no desperate experiments, but rather a calm and unhurried resting upon and in God and His perfect will.
A Thought to Ponder
The men whose prayers have been answered have always been those who knew God.
From Why Does God Allow War? pp. 30-32.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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