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.
Does God want us to pray all the time?
God’s desire, according to the book of Ephesians, is for us to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18), but people are most motivated to pray when they need something from God. When it comes to prayer, Jesus gives clear instructions.
What does the Bible say about praying about everything?
The Lord is near; do not be concerned about anything; instead, make your requests known to God in everything through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.u201d
What happens if you pray to God everyday?
God, our loving Heavenly Father, wants us to communicate with Him through prayer, and He always listens when we do. Daily prayer can bless you, your family, and those you pray for, as well as help you learn more about God’s plan for you.
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 does Jesus say about prayer?
u201cDo not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in synagogues and on street corners to be seen by men… but when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your father who is unseen,u201d Jesus taught.
What are the most powerful Bible verses?
My Top 10 Bible Verse Powerhouses
- 1 Corinthians 15:19. If our only hope in this life is in Christ, we will be the most miserable of all men.
- Hebrews 13:6. So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper
- I will not be afraid.”
- Matthew 6:26.
- Proverbs 3:5-6.
- 1 Corinthians 15:58.
- John 16:33.
- Matthew 6:31-33.
Does the Bible tell us to pray for others?
u201cConfess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed; the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.u201d James 5:16.
Can prayer change things?
We can be confident that prayer changes thingsu2014including our own heartsu2014though our prayers do not change God’s mind.
How we should pray to God?
1. Know who you’re talking to. Prayer is a conversation with God, and every conversation starts with addressing the person you’re talking to by name. Jesus starts with “Our Father in heaven,” focusing on a specific person u2014 the Heavenly Father with whom he has a personal relationship.
Why is it important to pray every day?
Daily prayer allows you to tap into the full potential of your faith, allowing you to live a week filled with God’s peace, grace, and joy.
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.
What are the 3 forms of prayer?
Adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication (abbreviated as A.C.T.S.) are the four basic types of prayer.
What is the best form of prayer?
It’s your way of saying to God, “I love you, I care about you, I need you,” “I’m sorry God, I did something I shouldn’t have done,” and “I’m sorry God, I did something I shouldn’t have done.” It’s your willingness to treat someone as so important in your life that he’s the reason you’re alive.