The "WHY" Prayer by T. Carlton Richardson

The "Why" Prayer
Messages of Hope on Prayer
Dr. T. C. Richardson
Psalm 22:1-5; Isaiah 43:2-3

Summary: As Christians, our questioning in prayer usually arise out of three circumstances: (1) our ignorance of God; (2) our fear of the unknown, and/or (3) our doubt about God's promises. This Message of Hope explores each within the context of our prayer life and assures us that it is alright to ask why in prayer so long as it is a response to adversity designed to rebuild or sustain our hope in preparation for affirmative actions in thought, word, and deed.

MESSAGE: ["How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without someone preaching to them? ... So faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ." Amen. (Rom. 10:14, 17)]

I. How often do we pray the "Why Prayer"? It is normal for us to question or wonder what God is up to because we are human and as such are incessantly curious. At one time or another, one or more, of the following "why prayers" have probably crossed our lips:

* Why the parent or other relative we thought was so perfect walked out of our life or disappointed us in someway, i.e. that failed family relationship?
* Why the friend or lover that we trusted betrayed our confidence or failed to support us during a time of need, i.e. that failed partnership or association?
* Why our work seems so difficult and unfulfilling, i.e. that failed work relationship or business?
* Why do good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to God people, i.e. that 'Job' experience or relationship with God?

As Christians, our questioning in prayer usually arise out of three circumstances: (1) our ignorance of God; (2) our fear of the unknown, and/or (3) our doubt about God's promises. This Message of Hope explores each within the context of our prayer life and assures us that it is alright ...


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