“One of the things that betrays our fallen condition is the concept of the self-made man, one who takes credit for the bounty of his goods and forgets the Source of all his provisions. We must remember that God gives us all we have in the ultimate sense.”
– R.C. Sproul, Does Prayer Change Things?, p.35
“Looking at the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer, we can see that this is the first priority of which Jesus spoke. His initial request was that the name of God be hallowed. It is the Greek word hagios, which is literally translated ‘holy.’ The top priority for the Christian is to see that God’s name is kept holy, for it is holy. If that were the only prayer request the Christian community ever made, and if believers made it earnestly and regularly, I suspect the revival we pray for and the reformation we so earnestly desire would be accomplished in no time. Everything–our work, our ministry, and all aspects of our daily lives–would be affected.”
– R.C. Sproul, Does Prayer Change Things?, p.28
“God demands to be treated as holy, for He is holy. He is jealous for His honor. He does not plead for respect in this passage [Leviticus 10:1-3]. Rather, it is a statement of fact: ‘I will be treated as holy.’ We must never make the fatal mistake of Nadab and Abihu and approach the sovereign God in a flippantly casual attitude.”
– R.C. Sproul, Does Prayer Change Things?, p.27-28
“There is a certain sense in which God’s sovereignty should influence our attitude toward prayer, at least with respect to adoration. If anything, our understanding of God’s sovereignty should provoke us to an intense prayer life of thanksgiving. Because of such knowledge, we should see that every benefit, every good and perfect gift, is an expression of the abundance of His grace. The more we understand God’s sovereignty, the more our prayers will be filled with thanksgiving.”
– R.C. Sproul, Does Prayer Change Things?, p.12
“There is something erroneous in the question, ‘If God knows everything, why pray?’ The questions assumes that prayer is one-dimensional and is defined simply as supplication or intercession. On the contrary, prayer is multi-dimensional. God’s sovereignty casts no shadow over the prayer of adoration. God’s foreknowledge or determinate counsel does not negate the prayer of praise. The only thing it should do is give us greater reason for expressing our adoration for God who is. If God knows what I’m going to say before I say it, His knowledge, rather than limiting my prayer, enhances the beauty of my praise.”
– R.C. Sproul, Does Prayer Change Things?, p.11
R.C. Sproul – Recap from T4G 2008 from Together for the Gospel (T4G) on Vimeo.
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“Some parts of the Bible are so clear and simple that they are offensive to those suffering from intellectual arrogance. I once was lecturing about how Christ’s death on the cross fulfilled the curse motif of the Old Testament. In the middle of my lecture a man in the audience interrupted me, saying loudly, ‘That’s primitive and obscene.’ I asked him to repeat his comment so that everyone present could hear his complaint. When he repeated it, I said, ‘You are exactly right. I particularly like your choice of words, primitive and obscene.’ The entire history of redemption is communicated in primitive terms, from the episode of the encounter of Adam and Eve with the serpent to the devastationg destruction that God visits on the chariots of Egypt in the exodus to the crass and brutal murder of Jesus of Nazareth. The Bible reveals that God hears the groans of all of his people, from the peasant to the philosopher, from the dull-witted to the sophisticated scholar. His message is simple enough from the most simplistic of fallen creatures to understand. What kind of a God would reveal his love and redemption in terms so technical and concepts so profound that only an elite corps of professional scholars could understand them? God does speak in primitive terms because he is addressing himself to primitives. At the same time, there is a enough profundity contained in Scripture to keep the most astute and erudite scholars busily engaged in their theological inquiries for a lifetime.
If primitive is an appropriate word to describe the content of Scripture, obscene is even more so. All of the obscenities of sin are recorded with clear and forthright language in the Scripture. And what is more obscene than the cross? Here we have obscenity on a cosmic scale. On the cross Christ takes upon himself human obscenities in order to redeem them.”
– R.C. Sproul, Knowing Scripture, p. 18-19