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.
What is the purpose of praying together?
Praying together helps you show and receive trust, which strengthens your relationship’s intimacy bonds. Praying together helps you show and receive trust, which strengthens your relationship’s intimacy bonds.
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 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 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.
How do I know God’s plan?
Keeping God’s Plan for Your Life in Mind:
- 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.
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).
What is the greatest benefit of prayer?
The most important benefit of prayer is that it strengthens our relationship with the Triune God. We can pray, but we must also take time to listen to God and what he needs to communicate to us. He can instill new ideas in our minds and calm our troubled emotions by strengthening our faith and trust in him.
What are the benefits of praying everyday?
Here are five advantages to incorporating prayer into your daily routine:
- Positive Attitude.
- Divine Help.
- Strength In Tough Times.
- Achieve Forgiveness.
- Many studies have shown that daily prayer has a profound impact on your physical health.
Why should we kneel down when we pray?
When we pray, the most important thing is the condition of the soul, not the position of the body. The Bible speaks of bowing in prayer, kneeling on one’s face before God, standing, sitting, and walking; the most important thing is the condition of the soul, not the position of the body.
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 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.
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.