32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.Romans 8: 32, 33
You might look at the title of today’s post and then look at the verse and think, what in the world? The verses today don’t say anything about prayer. These verse may not say anything about prayer, but they have everything to do with prayer. Look closely at what Paul is saying in verse 32. God gave up his own son for us. He would not spare even Jesus in the quest to save us. The father and the son shared in perfect communion with each other and the spirit. And then Jesus was cut off from that. When Jesus cries out on the cross, “Why have you forsaken me?” we see for the first time in all time that the father and son are separated. We could make a strong case, in fact, that Jesus’ main concern in the Garden of Gethsemane wasn’t the looming physical pain and death at all–it was the looming prospect of being separated from his father.
The Father put Jesus through all of that for our sake. God wouldn’t even spare Jesus from that fate. If that is true, why would God ever withhold any good thing from us? He wouldn’t. That is why today’s verses have everything to do with prayer. When we pray, we should pray expectantly to a father that will give us every good thing. We know that he wouldn’t even spare Jesus, so why would he spare any other expense in bringing about our good? And this isn’t some prosperity gospel garbage. I’m not saying that God will give us everything we want. I’m saying God will give us everything we need. That doesn’t mean that we should refrain from praying expectantly. It does mean that if we don’t get what we want when we pray, there’s a good chance it’s because God has a different idea of what is best for us. And we can rest confidently that our father is bringing all things together for our good.