Q. On many sites with trusted doctrine and even at church, Christians are urged to pray for Israel, America, the Palestinians, Muslims, the American Dollar, etc. Why should we pray for a predestined event that God said in the Bible will happen? It seems that would show a lack of faith in His word. All of these things have been prophesied about and prayer isn’t going to change it. I pray for God’s will and His mercy. Am I missing something?
A. The Bible instructs us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6). Praying for those of other faiths is the same as praying for an unbeliever. It’s an expression of our desire that the Holy Spirit would open their eyes and soften their hearts to receive the Gospel. God doesn’t want that any should perish but that all would come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). But neither America, a Palestinian homeland, nor the dollar are included in God’s plan for the future.