Musings

Prayer and responsibility

While soaking up some of God’s free vitamin D today, I was reading David Benner’s excellent book, Opening To God, in which he wrote these very interesting words:

Coming to God in trusting openness does not mean abandoning our agency and responsibility.  Genesis tells us that God invested in Adam and Eve the responsibility for all of creation, and at no time since then is there any reason to believe that God has said:  “Since you have made such a mess of things I now absolve you of that responsibility and ask that you simply trust me to take care of things.”  Prayer is divine communion that enables us to engage the world with renewed focus, competence and passion – and with all of our natural gifts and abilities.  And pondering problems, both personal and communal, can form a central part of that experience of communion with God.  (David Benner, Opening To God [Downers Grove:  IVP, 2010], 96)

What a great reminder!  Even though God is sovereign, and he invites our prayerful communion with him, we are still responsible, and can share our decision making process with God as a form of prayer.

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