Theology Thursday: Power of prayer

July 12, 2018 / by / 2 Comments

Jim Miller,  corporate chaplain

 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

  He said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father … ”  (Luke 11:1-2)

By Pastor Jim Miller
GCU Corporate Chaplain

Have you ever wondered why we pray? If I’m honest, I often see prayer as the way to get God to do what I think He ought to do. In reality, prayer is more about the deepening of my trust in God than it is about bending His will to mine. There’s so much to be learned from the model prayer Jesus gives his disciples, but I can’t get past the first word!

Jesus says that when you pray, when you have concerns about life that you need to express to God, begin here, immerse your anxiety, your fear, your confusion, in this wonderful truth:

“Father … ” 

The Almighty God is a Father who loves us, who is concerned about us and who cares about what we’re going through. He is near us, He protects us, He provides for us, He knows us. Remind yourself that you are not alone in your struggles, that the good Father has your best interests in mind. Imagine how such a prayer would alter the different perspective we bring to our circumstances, how fear and anxiety would be eliminated in the environment of the kindness of our Father. So the next time you pray, before you launch into the laundry list of requests, take a moment to consider that your Daddy is already working on your behalf, and He can be trusted. 


The next all-employee Chapel is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  July 18 in the first-floor lecture room of the 27th Avenue Office Building. Pastor Tim Griffin, Dean of Studentswill be speaking.


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  1. Trevor Crump

    After reading this week’s Theology Thursday: Power of prayer, I feel as though Pastor Jim Miller made a great point at the end when he said that before you begin with your laundry list of requests, to remember that our Father is already in your corner. To me, it is a reminder that prayer is necessary to building and maintaining a relationship with God. I personally feel as though I can definitely find more time to pray, because I do believe that prayer and the relationship with God is extremely important. Overall, I believe that the article was great, and I really believe that Pastor Miller made a couple of simple but thought-provoking statements. Thanks for sharing the article!

    Jul.31.2018 at 7:34 pm
  2. Nicole Jordan

    Pastor Jim Miller made an excellent point that when he stated that God already knows our struggles and is also helping us through them even before we ask for His help and guidance. I believe that prayer helps strengthen the relationship between God and ourself. It is comforting to know that the Father of the universe is on our side and wants to see us succeed. I believe that God wants to hear about our disappointments and that He does also have sorrow when we do, and I believe that when we go to him in prayer over times of joy he rejoices with us. He is like our Earthly parents because a parents will want to be there for us when we are down and when we are happy.

    Aug.14.2018 at 6:53 pm
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