oa Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - How does prayer affect God's plan? An enquiry into God's providence with special reference to prayer and healing
If God is sovereign and His plans fixed, why pray? Does prayer change what God has purposed to do? If not, what is the point in praying? One could take these questions even further and say : if prayer has any effect on what happens, then it would seem that God's plans are not fixed. On the other hand, if God has settled His plans and He will do what He is going to do, then does it matter whether we pray or not? Every committed Christian wants to believe that prayer makes a difference. Thus, this article has a twofold purpose. The first is to show that God's providential plans and His command for Christians to pray are consistent with His purpose to bring about His plans through prayer. The second is to answer the question : does God heal when one prays, and specifically when it comes to intercessory prayer? Bringing clarity to these questions is important as it has a direct bearing on how we will view miracles and God's willingness to answer prayer.
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