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Since God knows and sees all, He understands what we need before we ask, right? And if God planned our lives before the world began, isn’t it too late to ask Him to change anything now?

After reading Scripture and quotes from great Christian thinkers and wrestling with these questions, the answer I came up with is “Yes . . .

. . . and No.”

S. D. Gordon, a wise theologian said it this way, “Prayer does not influence God’s purpose, but it does influence God’s action.”

Does Prayer Influence God?

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In other words, every good and right thing, God has already purposed to do. But sometimes He waits for us to ask.

That’s why Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Thy will be done as it is in heaven.” They were asking to bring God’s will to earth.

Why would God ever wait for us to ask?

Here’s the illustration I came up with . . . Let’s think as caretakers or parents . . . 

When a baby is first born, communication is limited to wordless cries.

Does prayer influence God 2Most moms or aunties (me), try to anticipate the baby’s every need. Not only do we wish to avoid those crying jags that build to mind-boggling intensity, we also want to keep that baby we adore happy.

As the child ages, he/she figures out how to ask for things. So there comes a day, when even though mom or dad knows the child is thirsty or hungry.

They wait for their child to ask. This helps the child to develop communication and builds relationship.

At first, the child tapping the frig might be enough to show he/she wants a drink. But eventually we teach the child to say, “May I have a drink, please?” And even better, when they’re able to say, “Thank you, Mommy.”

The child learns that all good things—juice boxes and chocolate milk—come from Mommy and Daddy.

To take this illustration even further, there also comes a day when Mom stocks the frig and leaves it to little Johnny or Susie to make their own lunch. She anticipates their needs and buys all their favorite things. Then they’re free to dive into the goodies themselves.

But when special circumstances come up—they want some new food or they’re too sick to make lunch for themselves—they have to make their request known to Mom anew.

Here’s what Matthew 7:9-11 says in The Message:

“If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? You wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children.

So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?”

No illustration or metaphor fits biblical truth perfectly.

But this one helps me remember that prayer is communication with a Heavenly Father who wishes to give me all good gifts and helps me imagine how He views my supplications—all my supplications.

Rich & eloquent. Simply stated. Wordless cries.

No matter what form they take, the Bible assures us that our prayers touch God’s heart.

May that truth sustain us through our doubts and dry spells and any hard days of waiting for answers to our requests. Blessings, friends!

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How often do you pray? When Jesus was on earth, He taught His disciples to pray for everything from forgiveness to their daily bread. But if God knows what we need already, why pray? Today’s under-a-minute vlog answers the question, “Does prayer influence God?” (Under-a-minute because your time is valuable!) This is #4 in my series Top 5 Reasons to Pray. Check it out here . . .

~Jesus’ words from Matthew 6~“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray . .

“‘Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from the evil one.”

Do you have a favorite verse on prayer? I’d love for you to share!

This week I’m linking with Soli Deo Gloria, The Better Mom, God Bumps, Teach Me Tuesdays, Gratituesday, Living Well Wednesday, Hearts 4 Home, Thought-provoking Thursday, Beholding Glory, Your Thriving Family.