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If God Is Sovereign, Why Should We Pray?

C. S. LEWIS (1898-1963) was a professor of Medieval and Renaissance literature at Cambridge University in England. As a poet, essayist, novelist, literary historian, and critic, as well as a Christian apologist, he published numerous books and essays. Mow than forty million copies of his works are in print, making him the best-selling Christian author of all time. This excerpt comes from "Work and Prayer, " a British newspaper article published in 1945.

The case against prayer . . . is this: The thing you ask for is either good—for you and for the world in general—or else it is not. If it is, then a good and wise God will do it anyway. If it is not, then He won't. In neither case can your prayer make any difference. But if this argument is sound, surely it is an argument own hands and feed or murder our fellow creatures. Similarly, He made His own plan or plot of history such that it admits a certain amount of free play and can be modified in response to our prayers. . .

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C.S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis, (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. Lewis was a scholar, novelist, broadcaster, and author of dozens of books, articles and essays. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics in The Chronicles of Narnia.


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