“Prayer Changes Us or God?”

Charles & Charity, Ellen (my sister) Stephen (nephew)


On every hand it will be found that, when spiritual things are under discussion, the human side and element is pressed and stressed, and the Divine side, if not altogether ignored, is downgrade to the background.

I tend to teach from God’s point of view, and people tend to listen from the human viewpoint.

  • In the great majority of the books written and in the sermons preached upon  salvation, and even on prayer the human element fills the scene almost entirely: it is the conditions which we must meet, the promises we must “claim,” the things we must do in order to get our requests granted; and God’s claims, God’s rights, God’s glory are disregarded.

As a member said Wednesday night in Bible study, “It is just what we have never been taught, we have grown up all our Christian life with hearing, its all about what we can get from God.” Its all about US.  Little about God.

Many have been taught, that God has ordained that human destinies may be changed and molded by the will of men.  In other words prayer changes things, which mean that God changes things when men pray.

God does not change His mind by our prayers.  But God does and can accomplish His purposes by our prayer, when we pray in the will of God.

“Human destiny” is settled not by the will of man, but by the will of God. John 1:13 “And as to whose will, whether God’s or man’s is responsible for the new birth is settled clearly in John 1:13.

To say that our destiny in come way may be changed by the will of man through prayer is to make our self supreme and that in it self virtually dethrone God.  But clearly that is not what I Samuel 2:6-8 says.

  • “The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: He bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: He bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory” (1 Sam. 2:6-8).

I will upload the Wednesday Night lesson soon.


About Charles e Whisnant

Youth Pastor since 1964.Pastor/Teacher 1971-74, 1980-2001, 2008-2015. Seminary, College, On line training, 50 years of study. A student of of the Bible. Expositional in my teaching. Married for 45 years. Four children and three granddaughter. Currently pastor - teacher in Minford, Ohio. No published books. No TV program. Favorite preachers Spurgeon, Calvin, MacArthur, Lloyd-Jones, Packer, Edwards, Baxter, Puritans.
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