The Prayer of Faith (2) – S.Ferguson

In Christ Alone - SFergusonThis is a follow-up to my post last Monday, in the place where Dr.Sinclair Ferguson is treating the proper idea of “the prayer of faith” (contra Pentecostal teaching) based on the passage in James 5:15, “And the prayer of faith shall save him….”

These are the immediately following paragraphs to that section from Ferguson’s book In Christ Alone:

The struggles we sometimes experience in prayer, then, are often part of the process by which God gradually brings us to ask for only what He has promised to give. The struggle is not our wrestling to bring Him to give us what we desire, but our wrestling with His Word until we are illuminated and subdued by it, saying, ‘Not my will, but Your will be done.’ Then, as Calvin again says, we learn ‘not to ask for more than God allows.’

This is why true prayer can never be divorced from real holiness. The prayer of faith can be made only by the ‘righteous’ man whose life is being more and more aligned with the covenant grace and purposes of God. In the realm of prayer, too (since it is a microcosm of the whole of the Christian life), faith (prayer to the covenant Lord) without works (obedience to the covenant Lord) is dead (Kindle ed.)

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