He has a plan for all of us....and yet he gave us a free choice in how we live our lives. If we want to know the plan he has for us then we need to ask him for direction and he will give it if we earnestly seek his will. For example, When watching my 8 year old son struggle with a decision or a specific task...I am often tempted to help him before he asks for help; and yet I choose to let him come to the conclusion that he needs help and can't perform his task alone. Once he comes to realize that he needs help....he will come and ask. God knows what we need and the direction he would like us to go...it's up to us to ask for help.
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Because you should take time out of your day to acknowledge God and maybe THANK him for what he does? And God has everything worked out as you said so I'm sure a prayer wouldn't be making anyone's life change in a way God didn't already have worked out. God knows everything that is gonna happen and already happened.
Perhaps 'pre-destination" and "free will" are intertwined. Example: Your destiny is to make it to the beach. Utilizing free will, one determines the path to complete the journey. All said and done, Life is a journey to be enjoyed or a real "beach".
Because, just as a ship needs to make course corrections, so do we. Sometimes plans need to be tweaked at just the right time. There is always more than one way to reach your destination, but some ways are easier with assistance. Does any of this make sense?
God has a plan but He doesnt force it on us. We can choose to go with His plan or choose our own path. Its just the first always works out right and the second almost pretty much never does. But we still have the freedom to choose.
Prayer is communication with God. If you run into a problem in life and you don't know which way or who to turn to do you not go to you dad for answers? God is a loving Father and wants you to come to Him when ever you need Him. He wants a relationship with you just as your father does And he wants you to Love Him back. God would never steer you wrong, but you yourself will end up going down the wrong path without Him. We have a free will to choose our own path but by doing so we almost always choose the wrong way. Jesus told His Father " Not My Will but Your Will be done " Jesus came not to do His Will but the Father's Will.
We tend to assume that God's plan for us is too specific for us to have any effect on it. He may have some specifics that need to be taken care of before we can move toward His plan (Ephesians 2:10). But maybe not. In many circumstances, it is possible His plan is larger and more fluid than we think. Prayers of supplication are our way of bringing our issues to God so He can work through them with us. They are also the way we realize and openly acknowledge where we are in relation to God. To reject prayers of supplication is to live a passive life that doesn't allow God into the deep desires of our hearts. To ask, submit, argue, and trust is to recognize that our relationship with God is messy and scary and infinitely important. We don't chase after God's heart by blandly accepting everything that comes our way, but by opening our own hearts with vulnerability, submission, and trust.
I just read a true story book where a pastor flatlined for 7 minutes during surgery. He heard the audible voice of God and talked with Him during this. God told him how much he loved him and accepted him. But, He also told him that he wasn't living the life He intended for him. wow. and..he's a pastor. For one, God asked him what were the names of his kids friends. He realized he didn't even know. He was sooo busy with his life, his ministry, etc...he didn't stop and listen to God and live how he ought. This could be ALL of us. It's good to slow down and talk with Him and listen. ;) :)
First, God's foreknowledge is infallible. God is not indifferent to this world or its people. He is Wise and Loving, but this should not make us fatalists, throwing up our hands and saying, "what's the point of making any effort?" God's foreknowledge does not compromise human responsibility. God holds us accountable for what we can do, what is within our capability, but He does not hold us accountable for things we cannot do. He is Just and, as He has given us only limited responsibility, judges us accordingly. We should think, plan and make the right choices, but, if sometimes things do not turn out the way we want, we need not lose hope or get depressed. We should pray to God and try again. If in the end we still do not achieve what we wanted, we should know we have tried our best and are not responsible for the results.
God knows what the creatures will do, encompassing everything by His knowledge. He knows all that exists, in entirety and totality, by virtue of His eternal foreknowledge.
"Truly, nothing is hidden from God, in the earth or in the heavens."(Quran 3:5)
It's almost like his entire plan was simply to watch us rifle around each other, die and then join him for dinner in some pointless dance of grand unencessity. He wants you to pray to make the other voices stop in his head. After noticing this frightful delusion- I'm now atheist.
Pray to help yourself and to thank him. God has a plan for you but if you lead to the wrong path then you need to pray so you don't go there anymore. you also have to thank him for everything he has done in ur life.