Have you wondered why we pray?
This post will discuss a topic that has the potential to be controversial: GOD is omniscient; GOD knows all aspects of eternity; Consequences for violation of GOD’s standards are inevitable. Could the things humans experience and execute within the realm of human existence under free will make a difference in an outcome when we pray? At this point I will let GOD’s WORD offer clues about whether the mind of GOD can be changed.
Examples from scripture that reveals clues as to whether the mind of GOD can be altered:
Genesis 18:16-33 (ESV)
26 And the Lord said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
Adam and Eve suffered consequences
When humans violate a command of GOD they can expect to suffer consequences for their action. That does not mean we cannot be saved for eternity because even the worst offenses are forgiven when we accept the accomplishment of Jesus Christ who took our place taking our punishment for our sin nature and leading us to eternal life in the presence of GOD>
Genesis 3:17-19 (ESV)
And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
GOD grants a reprieve
Isaiah 38:5 (ESV)
“Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life.
Consider this . . .
Exodus 32:14 (ESV)
14 And the Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people.
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