Oddly enough, this questioning is not coming from a faith crisis, though I am sure some people deal with this during one.
How does prayer affect… anything, (besides our spirits / emotions)? Does it really change anything? How much does our faith have to do with the outcome? Do we pray to change us? or the world? Or to “make” or “allow” God to do something? Is it just to remind ourselves of His Sovereignty? And nothing else? Has He given us any “power”? (we could pick that last one apart… lets not, you probably know what I mean)
Can we really ask anything in His name? ask, and we will receive? (Matthew 7: 7-8) Are all things possible to those who believe? (Mark 9:23) if we “believe that those things which he saith will come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith”… Really? (Mark 10:23) … so, “He who believes in Me (Jesus) the works that I do shall he do also… and even greater things” – no way!! (John 14:12) … whatever I bind on earth, will be bound in heaven, and whatever I loose on earth will be loosed in heaven… ? me? (Matthew16:19)
Where does His Sovereignty fit into the previous verses? I am NOT questioning His Sovereignty (that church-ese word, that is so important and beautifully describes much of God)
Those are only a FEW of the many verses peppered through out the New Testament. I want to pray with power, with purpose, with faith, and yet you know what holds me back? “What if I am arrogant? What if I am wrong? What if it doesn't happen like I prayed for? ” (not a lot of faith in those questions)
Well, then… so what. I have lost NOTHING… so God, I believe!!! Help my unbelief!! For I want to experience ALL you have for me, not the tiny bit I have allowed so far in my scewerred view of Your Sovereignty… somehow managing to skip and ignore the majority of the Gospels, half of the New Testament, and chaulking up the whole Old Testament to… well, you know the Old Testament!
God, You are SOVEREIGN… and in Your sovereignty You made those statements and promises to us.