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.
What is the ultimate purpose of prayer?
Prayer is one of God’s most powerful tools for transforming us into Christlikeness in every aspect of our lives (2 Cor. 3:18). Beloved, the ultimate goal of prayer is to gradually transform you into the person God created you to be (Christ-like).
Why does God want us to pray?
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). We turn to prayer because it is the most personal way to experience God, encounter Him, and grow in knowledge of Him.
What are the 5 key purposes of prayer?
Thanksgiving – thanking God for his many blessings, such as health or children. petition – asking God for something, such as healing, courage, or wisdom. intercession – asking God to help others who are in need, such as the sick, poor, or those who are suffering in war.
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.
Does God command us to pray?
u201cThen Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.u201d As you can see, the Bible commands us to pray and tells us what it accomplishes, so take advantage of this wonderful gift known as prayer.
Does God call us to pray?
So why does the Lord ask us to pray when He already knows the answer? It’s because prayer brings us into His presence, unlocks the power of His Spirit in us, and brings healing and guidance… and in making our requests known to Him, He often answers questions we haven’t asked yet.
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 can prayer do in your life?
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.
Why is daily prayer important?
Positive reinforcement and love from God are two of the many advantages of daily prayer: we have God’s full attention and He responds; God provides positive reinforcement and love through prayer.
How should we pray according to Jesus?
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 advised.
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.
What can God not do?
This appealing tract explains that God is incapable of three things: lying, changing, and allowing sinners to enter heaven.
Does God always hear our 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.