Bibliotheca Sacra, Volume 136.
“In what sense then is prayer a means of conveying God’s gracious influences to the soul? The answer is twofold: first, by changing the saint inwardly without changing the saint’s immediate circumstances, and second, by changing external circumstances.” (Page 346)
“Principal among these is the question that if this is indeed a full-fledged office, why is it inserted into the discussion of male deacons?” (Page 170)
“Prayer can be delineated as an act of faith and worship whereby the precious promises of God are brought home to the mind of the believer.” (Page 345)
“To effect an end God also ordains the proper arrangement of secondary causes (i.e., prayer).” (Page 351)
“As the Calvinist approaches the knotty problem of prayer and sovereignty, he does not conceive of them as opposites. Indeed, prayer is valid only when it is foundationed on the sovereignty of God. Prayer is primarily, though not exclusively, an act of communication through worship whereby the ‘treasures’ of God’s promises come to the believer. Prayer is not so much the vehicle of benevolent acquisition as that of worship, adoration, and praise.” (Page 345)