Charnock on Providence and Prayer
The great English Puritan writer, Stephen Charnock (1628-1680) wrote “A Discourse of Divine Providence,” which is included in volume 1 Banner of Truth’s 5 volume set of his collected works. A simple definition of the doctrine of providence is found in Westminster Shorter Catechism Q/A 11, which says:
Q. 11. What are God’s works of providence?
A. God’s works of providence are his most holy, wise and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and all their actions.
And so providence essentially includes two (2) things: That God sustains or preserves all things, and that He also likewise governs or rules over all things, including the actions of his creatures! The Lord Jesus spoke of this very truth in Matthew 10:29, where He said,
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.” (ESV)
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