Why Pray if God Has Already Decided Everything?
How do we reconcile the fact that God has predetermined every event with the power of prayer to actually change things? According to John MacArthur, author of The Power of Praying, the answer lies in a correct understanding of God’s providential determination.
Determinism ≠ Fatalism
Most Calvinists believe in determinism, which holds that God has predetermined every single event (not to be confused with fatalism, which holds that our choices have no bearing on the future). What happens in the future is determined by what we do and pray in the present.
Prayer Changes the Future
God responds to prayer in both Scripture and our experience. Moses prayed for food and water for the Israelites; Hannah prayed for a child; Elijah prayed for drought and then rain. To say that we don’t need to pray because God has already decided everything is ridiculous.
God Ordains Our Prayers
God has ordained his interventions to be in response to faith-fueled petitions, so if your understanding of God’s providence leads you to pray less, you need to rethink your understanding.
Why do we pray if God already knows everything?
We acknowledge our reliance on the Lord and his grace and mercy when we pray. God doesn’t need your prayers because He knows exactly what you need before you even ask, but we desperately need Him in our lives, so our prayers are a proactive act of faith on our part.
Why God’s plan is important?
This bible verse is one that I think about every day. It says in Psalm 37:5 that “God has a reason for allowing things to happen. We may never understand His wisdom, but we simply have to trust His will.”
Does prayer change God?
We, like Abraham, frequently pray for things. u201cI, the Lord, do not change.u201d (Malachi 3:6) The idea of praying to change God’s will is arrogant, as it implies that we know better than God. In Gethsemane, Jesus set the example by praying for God’s will to be done, not His own.
Why do Christians pray if God has a plan?
Prayer is communication with God. Because everything we need can be found in God and His Word, prayer is essential when seeking God’s plan and will for our lives. When we pray, God hears us and responds. We can also learn more about God’s heart and plan when we communicate with Him through prayer.
What is God’s purpose for me?
Psalm 57:2 says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.” This is crucial in understanding God’s purpose for your life. God has numbered your days and will fulfill every purpose He has for you.
Why is it important to know God’s plan?
There is God’s providential will u2013 a hidden plan that governs everything in the universe. Despite what we know about God’s plan, there is still so much more we don’t know. While God’s knowledge is infinite, ours is finite.
How do I understand God’s plan?
Keeping God’s Plan for Your Life in Mind:
- Be in prayer. Being in prayer is one way to know you’re on track with God’s plan for your life.
- Be actively reading the Bible.
- Follow the commands He places on your heart.
- Seek a godly community.
- Obey the Truth.
What is the best prayer to God?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
What can God not do?
This appealing tract explains that God is incapable of three things: lying, changing, and allowing sinners to enter heaven.
Can God hear my prayers?
We are taught in the scriptures that if we address God with faith and real intent, He will always hear our prayers and will answer them; in our hearts, we will feel the confirmation that He does hear us, a sense of peace and calm; and we will also feel that everything will be fine if we follow the Father’s will.
Does prayer really matter?
Prayer, for example, can be a reliable source of self-soothing and self-comfort when one is in pain, grieving a loss, or dealing with traumatic events, according to research.
Should we pray about everything?
‘Do not be concerned about anything; instead, pray about everything, telling God what you need and thanking him for everything he has done, and you will experience God’s peace, which is beyond our comprehension.’
Why is it good to pray?
Prayer can help you understand how you feel about God and your faith, according to Baylor University research, and you may receive a response in some form depending on your relationship with God and how you pray to him.