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.


You are right to think God has predestined things to happen in eternity past but God also uses means.

We should be careful & try not to favor 1 doctrine and forget other truths. God is pleased to use our prayers as a means of accomplishing his work. Matthew 7:7-8

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