You Must Help Us by Prayer, by David Bishop

Paul writes in II Corinthians 1:11, “You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.” This isn’t Paul being flippant. Prayer really is the means by which God grants His blessing.

Verse 20 reads, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.”

God does not waver in His promises. His promises are never should I-shouldn’t I. His promises are always Yes. The promise spoken of in this particular passage concerns salvation, because the very next verse reads “for it is God who establishes us with you in Christ”.

God has chosen prayer to be the means by which He fulfills His promises. Our prayer is also shown to be an amen that is spoken in view of His glory. That is, the Amen, the Yes Lord let it be, is something He grants to us is for His glory.

Though the answer to His promises are always Yes, prayer is the nevertheless the means by which He has chosen to carry out that Yes. Prayer itself that glorifies God. God’s intent in saving the elect is to turn them also into a praying people.

I’m struck by the fact that the one person in the Bible who spent more time in prayer is the very same person I would have expected to spend the least time in prayer – Christ Himself. The Son of God spent more time in prayer than anyone else in the Bible. That should tell me something.

Prayer doesn’t save, God saves, but from what I gather here in 2 Corinthians, prayer is one of the end goals in mind. That is, God saves the elect in order to turn them also into a praying people, for it is through prayer also that His people glorify Him. It was through prayer also that Christ glorified the Father.

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