If God Is Sovereign, Are My Prayers Pointless?
What does it mean not to pray for the sin that leads to death (1 John 5:16)? Why should we pray for things we want if we know God’s will will be done?
Surprised by Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer instructs us to pray “hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9). There are three reasons why you should pray for things you want, even if you know God’s sovereign will will be done.
1. God commands us to pray for what we want.
We are not supposed to try to divine God’s sovereign will and then simply say, “Do that.” John 15:7 says, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish [literally whatever you want], and it will be done for you.”
2. If we don’t pray, we may not receive.
“You do not have because you do not ask,” James 4:2 says. There is a real causal relationship between our asking and God’s giving; the lack of asking is the cause of the lack of receiving. So ask, lest you fail to receive by failing to ask.
3. God sovereignly plans our prayers.
In Ezekiel 36:36u201337, God says, “I will be sought by the house of Israel to do for them: to increase them like a flock of men.” In other words, God doesn’t plan the world and then wonder if anyone will pray for part of his plan to be changed. That’s why Jesus knew he would deny Peter; that’s why he said he would.
Join the Cause
Don’t question God’s ways; he loves us, and when he says to pray constantly, he’s not toying with us; he’s granting us the dignity of joining him in glorifying himself as part of the cause of everything he does.
Is praying to God necessary?
Prayer is your conversation with God; it’s how you can build a personal, meaningful relationship with the God of the universe who loves you; it’s how he can work miracles in your heart; and it’s how he can align your life with his vision and plans through prayer.
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
Is there a right way to pray to God?
Yes, there is a right and wrong way to pray. When you pray, you pray for things that are beyond your or your abilities. You can also pray to thank God for the blessings he has bestowed upon you. When it comes to things that involve other people, God sends you on a mission impossible.
Should I pray to God everyday?
Many people turn to prayer and one-on-one time with God when life becomes stressful, difficult, or sad, but developing a daily habit of praying for healing is a great way to stay grounded in your faith on a daily basis.
What are the 4 types of prayer?
u201cPrayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,u201d writes John Damascene. This definition encompasses the four main types of prayer: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
What happens when praying to God?
People pray on their knees, opening their hearts to God and asking for a variety of things, including cancer healing, a job after all these months, a buyer for their home in a frozen market, and relief from pain. Some prayers will be answered, and the recipients will look heavenward with grateful praise.
What is prayer Max Lucado?
When asked who helped him learn to pray, Max recalls a man he refers to as his “father in the faith,” a pastor who taught him, “None of us pray as much as we should, but we all pray more than we think.” God says, “Bring them to Me.”
Do I pray to God or Jesus?
We cannot go wrong when we pray directly to God the Father, who is our Creator and whom we should worship. We have direct access to God through Jesus, who is not limited to priests and prophets, but is available to all of us.
Is it OK to pray for the same thing over and over?
Ask God for what you want as often as it occupies your mind, because it’s those nagging, horrible, conflicting, heartbreaking needs that linger in your mind beyond one quick begging session. If you’re stuck in a prayer loop, stay in it as long as you need to.
How do you talk to God?
It’s fine to pray with your eyes open and your head held high, just as it’s fine to pray kneeling and silent. It’s common to recite some traditional prayers out loud, but it’s also very common to pray silently to yourself.
How many times a day should you pray to God?
Christians were to pray seven times a day, “on rising, at the lighting of the evening lamp, at bedtime, at midnight,” and “the third, sixth, and ninth hours of the day, being hours associated with Christ’s Passion,” according to Apostolic Tradition.
What is the importance of talking to God?
God speaks to us through His word and the Holy Spirit within us, who assists us in comprehending and applying His word to our lives. We communicate back to God through prayer, and we must remember that our communication with God is based on what God has communicated to us through His word.
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.