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Can We Alter Our Life

God has a plan for our lives, even before we are born. Can it be altered through free will/choices or Gods intervention Does it do any good to pray for our children's safety? If He already knows he will take them? Would it be better to pray for acceptance and understanding of his divine purpose?

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 ---Karen on 2/29/12
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If Gods will is always done then there's no reason to pray for it. Yet Christ said we should.

If who is to be saved and who is not to be saved is already predestined there is no reason to pray for the lost.

If predestination were true, prayer would be meaningless.
---Blogger9680 on 3/24/12

Moderator permit,bro.Mark help me onthis 1.yes,God all knowin'like my daughter ran off married this cult leader,etc., pray she return,Is it possible maybe God somehow or even she change thru prayers or the HolySpirit in Spanish say"persuade"her.tks
---ELENA on 3/24/12

Mark 13:33_37 "Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."

Acts 10:31 "And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God."
---Nana on 3/12/12

Karen, your last sentence is your answer,

"Would it be better to pray for acceptance and understanding of his divine purpose?".

Pray for acceptance, since it is the will of God that will be done when we pray, and without understanding His divine purpose, how can we know what to pray for, we could be praying against His divine purpose?
We are commanded to help the needy. To suffer for others. The one we could be helping might be one of God's elect who hasn't come to Christ yet by faith.
God is in control of all things. Whatever happens in this world and heaven is never out of the control of God. He either decreed it, allowed it, or permitted it to happen. He knows the beginging and the end of His own plan.
---Mark_V. on 3/12/12

Interestingly, God knows what needs his children have, yet Christ instructed
to pray "Give us this day our daily bread."!

Matthew 21:22 "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."

We are to help the needy and the destitute, James 2:16.
A sick thing would be to tell the needy, 'you are in need because God cursed you from the beginning of time and
I have more than enough and extra because I am special in God's eye'.

So yes to the question.
---Nana on 3/8/12

Karen--did you ever stop think that prayers you offer for your children are ingredients in God's plan for your and their lives?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/3/12

well yes,if we realize whats important? its not how much we make,the things we own,who we sleep with,and how much we want to be entertained.these are all lusts of the flesh.
---tom2 on 3/3/12

Everything, Karen . . . including to pray for their safety and pray for acceptance and understanding of His divine purpose.
---Bill_willa6989 on 3/2/12

In the lives of Ahab/Jezebel were two reprobates. Ahab's "false repentance" was of no value to God, for he was a vessel of dishonor that never received the gift of "Faith". This similar "act of false repentance" was also exercised by Pharaoh in Exodus 10:16,17

"Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste, and he said, I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you. Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and intreat the LORD your God, that he may take away from me this death only."

We know what happened to him. They were reprobates that never received "Faith" from God and "without faith it is impossible to please Him"
---christan on 3/1/12

Karen, God said: "Have you killed Naboth and also taken his vineyard? In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth dogs will lick your blood, even yours. Note, I will bring evil on you, and take away your posterity." I Kgs.21:19,21. "When Ahab heard this, he tore his clothes, and put on sackcloth, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went about mourning." I Kgs.21:27. Therefore God clearly changed his mind, saying: "Ahab humbles himself in front of me. Because he humbles himself in front of me, I will not bring the evil in his days." I Kgs.21:29.
---Eloy on 3/1/12

Thus says the Lord: "A bruised reed I will not break, but instead I will have pity and not sacrifice." God is unchanging in his final judgment in condemning the guilty, but when the guilty sinner repents from their wrong then they will obtain clemency or pardon from God, and God's wrath will be changed into mercy for the repented one: likewise, when the righteous one turns away from their obedience to serve sin then they will obtain condemnation from God, and God's blessing will be changed into wrath for the guilty one. For God's unchanging judgment, Please Read- Ezekiel 18:21-32+ 33:10-20.
---Eloy on 3/1/12

Scripture declares to us "For I am the LORD, I change not" Malachi 3:6 and "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure." Isaiah 46:10

Jesus left His sheep a Godly prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. Prior to this, He says, "Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him."

"(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."
---christan on 3/1/12

Karen, prayer changes things when they are done according to the will of God. God did not change His mind literally in the story of Ahab. God never makes mistakes. God knew what it would take to get Ahab to repent. God sent Elijah to bring conviction to Ahab. He told him what God was going to do to get Ahab to repent and humble him. It was all ordained by God.
"See how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? Because he humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the calamity in his days." (1 Kings 27:29). God still brought calamity
"In the days of his son I will bring the calamity on his house" The family suffered for his sin. God already knew Ahab would repent and that his family would suffer.
---Mark_V. on 3/1/12

Prayer changes things, and God is able to change his mind on what he plans to do: God prophesies to kill Ahab king of Israel, and his wife Jezebel, and cut off his posterity of men for procreating:1Kg.21:17-26. Then Ahab repents: I Kg.21:27. Therefore God changes his mind not to do evil against Ahab, but against his son: I Kg.21:28,29. Ahab dies from a wound in battle: I Kg.22:34-38. Jezebel killed as the Lord said: II Kg.9:30-37. Ahaziah, Ahabs son is evil, and the Lord prophesies that he will die from his injury, and he does: I Kg.22:51-53+ II Kg.1.
---Eloy on 2/29/12

There's a difference between "God has a plan for our lives," and "God micromanages everyone's day."

God lives in the eternal NOW. The best we can approach it, this side of the World to Come, is to depend on Him minute by minute.

How our free will fits in with God's NOW is a mystery we won't understand until the Kingdom of Heaven--and there we need not try to understand it, but will experience it in its fullness.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/29/12

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