Does God Need Our Prayers?
I was recently in a conversation with a group of guys about answered prayers. One guy shared how years ago a group of them traveled to a foreign country on a mission trip and when they got there, they discovered that there was a need to build a house for orphan children. He said that night they all prayed about it and the next morning they got news that someone had offered to match up $50K in donation. He said that was confirmation of answered prayer. Was God waiting for that group of people to pray before He put in on the heart of another guy to donate a match? If no one prayed would the orphans still need a home? If God knew before the foundations of the earth who would be saved how does prayer affect those who we pray for to be saved?
Excerpt From The Answer
I think about the arch illustration. The front side says ‘whosoever will.’ And then once you go through the arch and you look on the back of it, it says, ‘Chosen before the foundation of the world.’ We’re praying for this front side of the arch. And when we’re back through the arch years later looking on the other side of it, we go, this is what God really was up to. I don’t think that’s mystical or contrived. I think that’s maturity over years.
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