There’s a fairly large Christian denomination that posted a link on their Facebook group with these words: “Have you checked out what God has been doing around Canada in response to our prayers?”
Is there anything peculiar about that statement?
There are, I think, a whole lot of assumptions being made here (not necessarily negative). But it’s revealing in terms of their view of prayer.
Does prayer “flip a switch” with God, so to speak, that releases Him to act? Are our prayers generative? Do they make things happen? Are our prayers responsive?
Does God respond to our prayers or are our prayers a response to God?
Our words are never the first word. God speaks and then we speak in response. God’s word comes first. Our word comes second. Thus, prayer is always responsive.
Perhaps then it would be more apt to say: “Have you checked out what we are praying in response to what God has been doing around Canada?”
“Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise,” (Ps. 51:15).