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 pray if God’s will is done?
We pray not to be in control, but to be open to the blessings of peace, understanding, insight, confidence, and strength that the Lord is ready and willing to bestow, so that we can move forward better able to navigate the next curveball that lifeu2014not necessarily the Lordu2014throws at us.
What are signs that God is listening to your prayers?
God Is Answering Your Prayers in 4 Ways
- God Answers Your Prayers Through Scripture. God always speaks through His word.
- God Answers Your Prayers Through Others.
- God May Answer Your Prayers Audibly.
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.
Can God’s will be stopped?
The Book of Revelation demonstrates that God’s ultimate will cannot be stopped: “at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:10-11).
Can prayer change God’s will?
We, like Abraham, frequently pray for things. u201cI, the Lord, do not change.u201d (Malachi 3:6) 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.
Does God speak to you directly?
Yes, God speaks directly to humans, as evidenced by phrases like “And God spoke to Moses,” “the word of the Lord came to Jonah,” and “God said,” which appear over 2,000 times in the Old Testament.
What are the 7 signs of the Holy Spirit?
Wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, which some Christians accept as a definitive list of specific attributes, while others see them as examples of the Holy Spirit’s work through the faithful.
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.
Is there any evidence that prayer works?
While some religious groups argue that the power of prayer is obvious, others question whether it is possible to measure its effect, empirical research indicates that prayer and intercessory prayer have no discernible effects.
Does God answer all prayers?
When the answer is “yes,” God answers our prayers and His response is exactly what we asked for; we are overjoyed. When the answer is “no,” this is not what we hoped for, and we frequently interpret the “no” as God having not answered our prayers; when what we pray for does not match God’s will.
Is it important or necessary to pray?
Prayer is one of the most important things a Christian can do; it is a time when they communicate with God and should be taken seriously. While prayer has deep theological meaning, it does not have to be complicated or difficult; it is something that anyone can do anywhere at any time.
Who can stop God’s plan?
For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can stop him? His hand is stretched out, and who can reverse it? (Isaiah 14:27). Then Job replied to the LORD, “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
Can I stop God’s plan for your life?
Nothing can stop God’s plan for your life, as stated in Isaiah 14:27: “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has spoken u2013 who can change His plans?” But that is the biggest lie of all because you are good enough, loved enough, and nothing the enemy can do can ever stop God’s plans for your life.
How do you know God’s plan for your life?
Following God’s Plan for Your Life: God sees you, hears you, and answers your prayers.
- 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.