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What's the point of praying?

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If God already has a plan laid out for us and knows what we are going to do, who is going to get sick etc., then why do we pray? Does prayer have any influence on God?

 

I'm thinking of two scenarios:

If it is in God's will for a person to be sick and not heal from the sickness then is praying even worth it? 

 

If a person is a non-believer since God gives us free-will not to believe and already knew this person was going to be a non-believer then would our prayers actually influence God's hand in pushing the non-believer to be a believer especially since the person has total free will to not believe?

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We pray because God commands us to pray Philippians 4:6-7.Jesus thought it was worthwhile to pray,then we should also.A lack of prayers demonstrates a lack of faith.It is also our means of defeating Satan.

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I have asked this I think before. I beleve God does know who will serve him, But we don't, I think we were all non belevers at first untill get saved right ???  When we pray for a non belever God can use our prayers to save a person that he knows will serve him, were more like a tool. Jesus says go and spread the gospel. If we don't tell it how are they going to know it.

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Important questions. I have a few thoughts on the subject:

 

1) Jesus spent a great deal of time in prayer with the Father, therefore His example would indicate that prayer is valuable and even essential for the Christian, regardless of what the outcome (from our perspective) of that prayer might be. 

 

2) I have often struggled with very specific prayers, especially prayers for healing, because we don't tend to see a lot of overt, supernatural miracles as were common in Jesus' time and with His disciples. Perhaps this is a result of our lack of faith, but I tend to believe that God is simply working in different ways now than He was when Jesus walked the earth. God's miracles and supernatural power were needed at that time to prove to humans that Jesus was the Messiah. Now we have scripture and the stories of Christ's life to base our faith on. Jesus even said in the parable in Luke 16:31, "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead." So it stands to reason that physical healing may not always be God's priority. He's more concerned with our spiritual condition. Doesn't mean I wouldn't pray wholeheartedly if someone I loved got sick...I just think I wouldn't expect or require healing as a proof of His love for us.

 

3) The reality is that there are many unseen spiritual battles and factors going on that we don't see and may never understand, but God does tell us to pray for one another. "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." 

James 5:15-17. So even though we don't understand it all, I say let's just keep praying anyway and let God make the hard decisions of how to answer!

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If God already has a plan laid out for us and knows what we are going to do, who is going to get sick etc., then why do we pray? Does prayer have any influence on God?

 

I'm thinking of two scenarios:

If it is in God's will for a person to be sick and not heal from the sickness then is praying even worth it? 

 

If a person is a non-believer since God gives us free-will not to believe and already knew this person was going to be a non-believer then would our prayers actually influence God's hand in pushing the non-believer to be a believer especially since the person has total free will to not believe?

 

I believe in real choice, and that God doesn't know everything I'm going to choose. Therefore, for me, prayer is important.

It also helps build relationship. Without talking with someone, are you ever going to really know them?

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I have asked this I think before. I beleve God does know who will serve him, But we don't, I think we were all non belevers at first untill get saved right ???  When we pray for a non belever God can use our prayers to save a person that he knows will serve him, were more like a tool. Jesus says go and spread the gospel. If we don't tell it how are they going to know it.

I don't think everyone is a non-believer. I know of some who were raised to know God and always knew him. 

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Important questions. I have a few thoughts on the subject:

 

1) Jesus spent a great deal of time in prayer with the Father, therefore His example would indicate that prayer is valuable and even essential for the Christian, regardless of what the outcome (from our perspective) of that prayer might be. 

 

2) I have often struggled with very specific prayers, especially prayers for healing, because we don't tend to see a lot of overt, supernatural miracles as were common in Jesus' time and with His disciples. Perhaps this is a result of our lack of faith, but I tend to believe that God is simply working in different ways now than He was when Jesus walked the earth. God's miracles and supernatural power were needed at that time to prove to humans that Jesus was the Messiah. Now we have scripture and the stories of Christ's life to base our faith on. Jesus even said in the parable in Luke 16:31, "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead." So it stands to reason that physical healing may not always be God's priority. He's more concerned with our spiritual condition. Doesn't mean I wouldn't pray wholeheartedly if someone I loved got sick...I just think I wouldn't expect or require healing as a proof of His love for us.

 

3) The reality is that there are many unseen spiritual battles and factors going on that we don't see and may never understand, but God does tell us to pray for one another. "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." 

James 5:15-17. So even though we don't understand it all, I say let's just keep praying anyway and let God make the hard decisions of how to answer!

You provide good points especially the first one. It would make sense that God is more concerned about our spiritual well-being rather than the physical. 

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If God already has a plan laid out for us and knows what we are going to do, who is going to get sick etc., then why do we pray? Does prayer have any influence on God?

 

I'm thinking of two scenarios:

If it is in God's will for a person to be sick and not heal from the sickness then is praying even worth it? 

 

If a person is a non-believer since God gives us free-will not to believe and already knew this person was going to be a non-believer then would our prayers actually influence God's hand in pushing the non-believer to be a believer especially since the person has total free will to not believe?

 

I believe in real choice, and that God doesn't know everything I'm going to choose. Therefore, for me, prayer is important.

It also helps build relationship. Without talking with someone, are you ever going to really know them?

 

So you believe God is not all-knowing?

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If God already has a plan laid out for us and knows what we are going to do, who is going to get sick etc., then why do we pray? Does prayer have any influence on God?

 

I'm thinking of two scenarios:

If it is in God's will for a person to be sick and not heal from the sickness then is praying even worth it? 

 

If a person is a non-believer since God gives us free-will not to believe and already knew this person was going to be a non-believer then would our prayers actually influence God's hand in pushing the non-believer to be a believer especially since the person has total free will to not believe?

 

God told Moses to get down off the mountain because he was about to destroy all the Hebrew people for worshiping the golden calf......   Moses talked him out of it...              I think talking to God can do wondrous things and this is just one example that happens to be big..

 

As for him not healing people I can only share my experience.   When I got rather ugly about him not healing my wife of MS. he very quietly and politely tole me that it was really none of my business.....   that it was between her and Him......   and though He didn't say so I got the feeling deep down that I was to butt out and let it go...    I did and he has kept her getting around although with great difficult some days...   

 

But you should pray to God for the same reason you should talk to your wife......   it's the only way to become one.    If your prayers are only "can I have" then you have missed the point of prayer.   Prayers should be just a sit down and talk to him......   if needs arise in the discussion that's great, but they shouldn't be the main subject of the conversation.

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prayer isn't just about asking the great big sugar daddy in the sky to grant us some selfish wish. prayer is supposed to be, first and foremost, worship. it's a time when we're supposed to communicate with Him, and praise Him, not ask for personal gain.

 

how many families would stay together if the husband and wife didn't communicate on a daily basis? how do you think children would be shaped if there was no communication with them? do you still consider someone your best friend if they never come over, call or write?

 

when we talk to God, we're praying. a significant part of that time praying needs to be about exalting Him... just like when you spend time with your kids, you spend a lot of time praising their accomplishments. when we praise God, it opens us up to receiving all the blessings that He wants to bestow on us. But if all we do is "pray" when we want something, it shows a marked immaturity in our spiritual walk.... just as a young child begs for everything he sees when he goes to the store with you. and when a child does nothing but ask, ask, ask for "me, me, me", he misses out on all the great things we want to do for him just because we love him. 

 

anyway, the point of prayer is to forge a relationship with Him, so that He can shape us and mold us into the kind of people He wants us to be. it is a two way communication. as we spend time talking with God, we learn to hear (and heed) His voice. and the point of communication with our children is to shape and mold them, as much as humanly possible, into integral and responsible adults.

 

after all, we are His children. And Jesus, according to scripture, is both our brother and our friend... so when you want to understand what the point of prayer is, remember how every relationship we have with humans is defined by our communication with them. if you want to be in God's family, it kinda takes prayer.

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