God created the heavens and the earth. Night and day. The sky, land, water and all that is in it. And man in his own image. He is all powerful. All knowing. Strong and mighty. He can do anything. And He has a plan.
So, if God is all of these things and he is. And he has a plan, and he does. So why do we pray if God has a plan?
Why Do We Pray If God Has a Plan?
Simply put, prayer is a conduit in which God uses to activate his plan in our lives, as well as in the earth.
Yes, God is fully capable of fulfilling His plan all on His own. So, why do we pray?
Here are five (5) things to consider – Why do we pray if God has a plan?
Prayer is a command of God
As children of God, we are commanded to pray. Thus, in obedience to Him, we must pray.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
The word of God says that we are to pray without ceasing and that praying is the will of God for us to do so.
And further, God desires His will (His plan) to be done here on earth as it is in Heaven, as the model prayer reads in Matthew 6:10.
So, as children of God we have the grand opportunity to come along side God, to partner with Heaven in fulfilling His plan.
Prayer combats evil
Because God has given us a free will. Our prayers give God permission to act in our lives and on our behalf.
When God created man and woman in the book of Genesis, he gave them dominion over everything.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28
But when Adam and Eve sinned, it gave Satan a legal right to be here. And it also gave him a legal right to roam the earth “seeking whom he may destroy” (I Peter 5:8). So, Satan even now is working in the earth. Trying to counter God’s plans.
In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God]. Ephesians 2:2 AMPC
So, as believers we have dominion over the enemy, Satan. And we must pray to combat his evil schemes so that God’s plans go unhindered.
Prayer is communication with God
Whatever we need can be found in God and His Word. Thus, prayer is of most importance when seeking God’s plan and will for our life.
When we pray, God hears us, and he responds.
And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him. 1 JOHN 5:15 AMPC
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. Philippians 4:6 AMPC
Also, when we communicate with God through prayer, we are more able to know the heart and plan of God.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish. Jeremiah 33:3
Prayer brings salvation
Once again, because of free will, everyone has a choice. Whether to accept the free gift of salvation or reject it.
No one is able to come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me attracts and draws him and gives him the desire to come to Me. (John 6:44 AMPC)
So how are we given a desire for God? Through prayer.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me. (Revelation 3:20 AMPC)
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 NIV)
Prayer invites God’s help
James 4:2 says that we often go without because we do not ask God for what we need. Whenever we are in need of God’s help, we can go to him in prayer.
I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4 NKJV)
In my distress I cried to the LORD, And He heard me. (Psalm 120:1)
We can pray for God’s wisdom and discernment. Which invites God into our decision-making process. And because he is all knowing, praying to God about everything that we do, gives us the chance at a better quality of life.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5 KJV)
In concluding these five (5) things to consider, I pray that this article provides some clarity to the question as to “why do we pray if God has a plan?”
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Friday 20th of August 2021
It seems contradictory when it states that God will grant your wishes if you pray, but at the same time says He has a plan and will do what He plans anyway. So is there a difference in the outcome if we pray or not?
Sunday 15th of March 2020
Brilliantly answered! I like the point on God has given us the freewill, even though his plans for us are good, he has given us the choice to pray.