God Answers Prayer In Only Two Ways

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Recently, I had a post featured at The Gospel Coalition on prayer entitled “God Answers Prayers In Only Two Ways”. I wrote it in the hopes that it would encourage those laboring in prayer without answers.

Here’s an excerpt:

If [Jesus’s words are true], it changes our prayer life from beguiling, bartering, or boasting to faithfully entrusting ourselves to the God who provides—the God who is Providence. When it comes down to it, God answers prayers in only two ways: provision or protection. If he gives us what we ask for, it’s because of his great love. But the converse is also true (and what we so often miss): If the Lord isn’t giving us what we’re asking for, then he’s protecting us from it. Because God provides his children with only good gifts, any time he withholds from us we can be sure it’s because that blessing doesn’t serve his ultimate purpose: to conform us into the image of Christ…

Read the rest of the piece by clicking here.

After the piece was published, I was also asked to come on the “The Ride Home with John and Kathy” radio show on 101.5 Word FM in Pittsburgh, PA and talk more about my piece. It was a neat opportunity, and a first for me. We had a great conversation, and you can listen to it in it’s entirety using the media player below.

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