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 need to pray if God 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.
What’s the point of praying if God already 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.
Why is praying so important to Christians?
Christians worship God to thank Him for His love, ask forgiveness for their sins, and try to understand His will for them. Prayer is an important way for religious believers to experience God because it allows them to communicate with Him.
Why should we pray to a sovereign God?
This allows us to make unrestricted requests to God, knowing that He will grant them for our good and His glory. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we must remember that God’s sovereignty extends to our prayers, meaning that our prayers are a part of His plan and purposes.
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.
How does prayer affect your spiritual life?
Prayer can give one’s life new meaning, purpose, hope, and a sense of direction or control, which can help instill a fighting spirit, which has been reported to be an important factor in healing. Prayer can also bring a sense of peace and acceptance at the end of one’s life.
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.
Why is prayer so powerful?
Prayer is a powerful weapon available to anyone who loves God and knows His son Jesus Christ. Prayer energizes a believer’s heart through the power of the Holy Spirit, and consistent prayer releases the power of God’s blessing on your life and circumstances.
How does prayer help us in our daily living?
A positive attitude, achieved through daily prayer, makes us feel happier and more confident in ourselves, and reduces the risk of suffering from depression, which can be a major trigger for relapse.
Can prayer change things?
We can be confident that prayer changes thingsu2014including our own heartsu2014though our prayers do not change God’s mind.
Do our prayers matter to God?
True prayer is more than a mental exercise or a vocal performance, according to Charles H. Spurgeon, a beloved 19th century preacher. u201cIt is far deeper than that,u201d he said, u201cit is a spiritual transaction with the Creator of heaven and earth.u201d
Does God change his mind?
God is unchangeable. Several passages in the Old Testament show God appearing to change his mind, usually in response to a judgment he pronounces on Israel; however, some passages in the Old Testament appear to teach that God does not change his mind at all.
Why do we pray for others?
Praying for your spouse, child, or friend helps them see how much you love them, and almost no one will refuse to be prayed over. Offering to pray for someone is a free and powerful gift you can give to anyone you meet.