Do Our Prayers Really Change Things?

Q. Thank you so much for this website. It has been a tremendous help to me when I need to find an answer. I believe in prayer very much and have seen prayers answered, but if God already knows who will or won’t accept His plan of salvation and be saved, how can our prayers for a person’s salvation change anything?

A. When Queen Esther was uncertain about whether to speak to the king on behalf of her people or not, her uncle Mordecai told her, “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14)

God sees the end from the beginning. But the end is just the result of all the events that preceded it. In the case of a person’s salvation one of those events might have been someone’s prayer.

What He has seen happen will happen, and if we don’t help make it so He’ll find someone else who will. But then we’ll miss out on the blessing, and who’s to say that our whole life wasn’t designed for just this purpose?

If you feel him prompting to do something, then by all means do it, even if it’s “only” praying for someone’s salvation.

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