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 has a plan?
Because everything we need can be found in God and His Word, prayer is crucial when seeking God’s plan and will for our lives. When we pray, God hears us and responds; additionally, when we communicate with God through prayer, we gain a better understanding of God’s heart and plan.
What is the point of praying?
1. We can use prayer to open our hearts to God, not as a being who lives in an extra-dimensional heaven, but as the wellspring of creative energy that flows through us and the universe, and we can experience this divine ground directly by quieting our minds.
What’s the divine plan?
God has a divine plan for our lives, and He has given each of us talents, gifts, and abilities that we can use to bring glory and honor to Him. As the Bible says in First Corinthians 12, “The body is not one member, but many.”
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.
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.’
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.
Does prayer really change things?
Though our prayers do not change God’s mind, He uses prayer to carry out His will, and we can be confident that prayer changes thingsu2014including our own hearts. R.C. Sproul argues that prayer is an important part of the Christian life and encourages us to come to God’s presence with joy and hope.
How do you use the Bible to pray?
Four Steps to Praying the Bible
- This is the most important step: make sure you understand the context of the scripture you’ll be praying.
- Let the Holy Spirit speak to you. Next, let the Holy Spirit speak to you through the passage.
- Personalize the passage.
- Write down your prayer or say it out loud.
What is God’s will for man?
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), and it is frequently confused with God’s plan.
What is God’s will in heaven?
Praying for God’s will to be done in and through our lives on earth, as it is in heaven, means we are willing to go through whatever it takes to make that purpose a reality; our prayer is to be so aligned with God’s will and purpose that we ask God to empower us to carry it out.
Is there really a divine plan?
Many religious systems believe in a divine plan, but it is imposed internally by nature, which unfolds in accordance with its own rational, divine plan, and we, as humans, have no control over the course of events.
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.
Do 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
What can God not do?
This appealing tract explains that God is incapable of three things: lying, changing, and allowing sinners to enter heaven.