Do you believe in the providence of God? If not, hopefully this article will give you some things to consider and hopefully will lead you to reconsider your current position on the subject. What did Christ mean when He explained how prayer works? For the most part, judging by the text, it would seem that receiving what we need depends on our (man’s) actions and our faith. Christ instructed His disciples four (4) times in Matthew 6:5-8, “when you pray…”, and also said in Matthew 6:9, “therefore, pray…” Prayer is brought up because of what Jesus said in Matthew 6:8. I believe that this is the key verse that should be considered when studying and making the decision whether or not to believe in the providence of God. In the verse He says “…For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” Since God knows what we need before we ask Him, then this means that God pro (‘fore’) vides (video or videre, “to see” or ‘sees’) it before we ask Him. Therefore God’s hand has everything to do with our prayers being answered, thus His providence and our prayers go hand in hand. The word ‘provide’ is archaic and it means to prepare or procure beforehand. This means two things:
1.) God sees and knows what we need and provides it before we even ask for it in prayer.
2.) God provides what we need when we don’t ask for it. Sometimes we have no idea that we will need certain things. I’ll give you an elementary example. You are at a soccer game and your daughter is playing in this game. She collapses and stops breathing. There just so happens to be an off-duty medic in the crowd because his child is playing soccer for the opposing team. He sees what happens to your child and without hesitation, rushes down to where she is and performs CPR and revives the child. Because you believe in God you cry and say “thank you, thank”, to God for sparing your child’s life. And you also thank and hug the medic who performed CPR on your child. Would you honestly believe that all this happened by chance? You did not expect your child to collapse and stop breathing at her soccer game so you did not think to pray that it would not happen.
If Christ clearly said that God knows what we need before we ask, can anyone logically argue that Christ inexplicitly denies that God works providentially? Christ did not have to use the word ‘providence’ for anyone to understand that this is how God works today. With the Old Covenant miracles were used and now with the New Covenant God works through providence. If ‘provide’ means to ‘supply beforehand’ or ‘see beforehand’ but we deny that God works providentially today, then we must deny all together that he provides for us at all. If we pray because we have faith and because God knows what we need before we ask Him and those prayers to Him are answered, then God does in fact provide, therefore works for us through providence. One cannot separate providence and prayer and still claim that God does not work providentially today. These two, I believe through the teachings of Christ, sets the foundation for the argument of the providence of God. If the providence of God does not exist today, then we cannot believe in the power of prayer. If you have ever prayed then you do believe in the providence of God. If you do not believe in providence, then why do you pray? If you are unsure about the providence of God, consider the Scriptures mentioned and the points made in this article. To deny the providence of God is no different than denying that God is capable of working in your life. When we deny this, we are robbing ourselves of the blessings that God gives to us. If you care to take one lesson from this article, take this: the suffix ‘-ence’ indicates an action or condition. Therefore God’s providence=God acts in supplying what we need before we know we need it. Jehovah-Jireh! Do you believe in the providence of God? Why or why not? Comments and questions are welcome.