Why Pray if God predestined the future?

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Out of curiosity, as I’m new to Calvinist doctrine and beliefs, what is the purpose of praying for things to happen if God has already predestined them to?


Why pray if God predestined the future? In order to answer this question I must understand what predestination means, not within Christianity alone but also through the secular use of it. We have to be careful with the concept we have about predestination and what the Bible defines as predestination. Definition #1: “the doctrine that God in consequence of his foreknowledge of all events infallibly guides those who are destined for salvation” Definition #2: “the belief that everything that will happen has already been decided by God or fate and cannot be changed” Definition #3: “fate; destiny” When I read the Bible in its entirety, I see that God has destined all people to become His sons and daughters. However, I also believe in the gift of free will that God gives to all people. I think we Christians misunderstand the concept of knowing all things with God predestining all things to happen. To believe that God has predestined some people to go to heaven while predestining others to hell is to deny all the Scriptures that point to a merciful and gracious God. There are events in the Bible that will happen no matter what we believe. However, there are things that God wills them to happen that may not happen based on the decisions that people make. Predestination is a challenging topic because the questions asked are often too broad. God predestined that His Son would one day come to earth to save humanity, and it happened such as other promises God made.


One reason is that we are told to do so. Also, God can honor prayer, if he chooses……and even pre-empt nature, i.e. Miracles!  We must remember that though He has revealed his nature, there is much mystery left that we will not know. We cannot explain the Trinity, the triune essence of the Godhead, nor can we understand the mystery as to how the Son could be forsaken  on the cross. It would seem that the Son is separated from the Father! Mystery! We have been given much in natural and written revelation.  We need to focus on what we do understand and leave the rest to YHWH, and the Son, Christ, and the Spirit, the third Holty person.  We should give thanks that we are invited before the Sacred Throne and that Jesus modeled prayer for us, the one we labeled The Lords prayer or the Our Father. Actually, it was primarily a pattern or model for which the disciples had asked.  The High Priestly, or actual Lords Prayer, in my thinking is in John 17. In the prayers of Jesus, we find that we should pray prayers of intercession. That tells me that we know we can and should. As to how God handles it……its a mystery!

We can understand how the Son could be forsaken on the cross (not in full depth of course) & do you think YHWH is purely the Father’s name or is it applied to each person of the Trinity?

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