When I pray what does God do?


God does not act in the physical world in any particular physical way, but achieves his purpose by “acting” in the person of faith as he or she encounters God’s Word. This means that as one encounters the living God – for example in the pages of the Bible – God can act in that person. Prayer for the end of a drought will not lead to God making it rain, but to the praying person being moved to help. Soren Kierkegeerd (1813-55) expressed this view in his famous  quotation, “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays”. Pg 136

This understanding of the tightening mind/brain link does open the door a little wider for how God might change the human person in the prayer encounter. The God who speaks through spiritual disciplines of meditation, fasting, praise, Bible reading, and confession, which renew the mind, can therefore change the structure of the brain. This could give a coherent understanding of how God responds in prayer by changing the one who prays. Indeed, the regular rhythms of such spiritual disciplines can shape both psychological and physical structures within the brain. Pg 139

About localpreacherforkliftdriver

I am a Methodist Minister taking up a new appointment in the North Cheshire Circuit, September 2019, with pasoral charge of Tarvin, Kelsall, Rowton, Christleton, Mickle Trafford, Oakmere & Bunburry with Tiverton churches. Views are my own.
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