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.


Because there are multiple universes and dimensions and every time we make a decision it creates another universe that branches off of that decision and… well not really but my enjoyment of science fiction over the years does help me to understand an infinite omnipresent being who cares for us far better than we deserve and more than we will ever know and prayer is simply communication with Him. We state our desires needs and wants and it provides a simple cathartic release.

God has a great plan for us just as it says in the bible, during the worst years for Israel in the dark book of Jeremiah one verse stands out among the others. For I know the plans I have for you sayeth the Lord plans to benefit you and not to harm you and when you pray to me I will listen. Even when Israel had turned it’s back on God He never forgot them just as he does for us today. If your a music person I suggest the song Pitaful by Blindside or merely reading the lyrics as its is a beautiful rendition of how God never gives up on us.

I believe God in his infinite wisdom has an unending list of plans for us and our future and if we follow him completely he rewards us and uses us to be a light to those around us but if we faulter and mess things up he’s always got another plan for us.

While he can see into the future I believe it’s more of a sci-fi vision because he created us to be beings of free will and therefore he can see a varying degree of futures if everything was set in stone then why bother with writing the bible or miracles or communication at all.

We don’t understand a lot about God and no amount of technology or knowledge is going to help us as the bible says he gave the apostles the full knowledge of the bible and yet they continued to pray to him.

If your looking for an inspiring story on the power of prayer I would suggest George Mueller

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