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 everything is predetermined?
We cannot change God’s decrees with our most fervent prayers.u201d Prayer is a means to bring to pass that which God has determined shall be.u201d When we pray, we are not hoping to change God’s eternal purposes; rather, we are praying to obtain the result that God has ordained to be received by our prayers.
What does it mean for God to have a plan?
He’s the plan. He’s the place where God’s plan meets and intersects with our life u2013 not the other way around. He’s self-control. He’s our hope. Hope against all hope.
Why do we know the plan of God for us?
God sees you, He hears you, and He answers your prayers; He is guiding us and planting seeds in our hearts, and, like a gardener, He waters the seeds He plants within our hearts. This life can be difficult, but the Lord strengthens us through trials.
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 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.
Does God plan out your life?
(Psalm 139:16) Knowing that God has my life planned out exactly how he wants it gives me great comfort and security. Ephesians 1:11 says, “God works all things according to the counsel of his will.” This means that your entire life has been worked out according to the counsel of God’s will.
What is God’s will called?
(Learn how and when to remove this template message) The concept of a God having a will (i.e. particular desire) for humanity is known as the will of God or divine will. Ascribing a volition or a plan to a God generally implies a personal God (God regarded as a person with mind, emotions, and will).
Does God forgive all sins?
All sins shall be forgiven, except sins against the Holy Ghost; for Jesus will save all except the sons of perdition; he must first receive the Holy Ghost, have the heavens opened unto him, and know God, and then sin against him; there is no repentance for a man who has sinned against the Holy Ghost.
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.
What is God’s plan for man?
God’s Plan For Man, which was originally designed as a correspondence course and is equivalent to a three-year Bible College program, contains the very heart of his life’s work. It is highly interactive and intended for serious study.
How can I put God first in my life?
10. Take a look at your god’s first life planner.
- Write down when you’ll spend time in God’s Word.
- Make a weekly to-do list.
- Plan family activities.
- Schedule some downtime.
- Find encouragement with verses that remind you that with God, anything is possible!
- Prayer reminders for praying throughout the day.
Does God answer all prayers?
The LORD’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call; it is your sins that have cut you off from God; it is because of your sins that he has turned away and will not listen any longer.u201d
Does 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 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.