Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Question Answered: Why Pray If Everyone Has Free Will?

Since humans are physical things, what is free will?  I am a Catholics and was taught everyone has free will, why pray?  For example, if I'm undergoing physical torment from another human and I pray to God for deliverance from the torment.
Will God not interfere due to free will?
The older I get the more confused about God I get.


Free Will is doing what you decide.
Sovereignty is the final and complete rule of Almighty God.
Guess who ultimately wins?

Concerning our Free Will – Consider the Free Will choices of Adam’s, yours and mine for decisions in life to benefit us.
The scars, pain and destruction remain.

If we are in a Kingdom we serve a King.
The King has ultimate and the final ruling.

Why pray?
We Christians serve a Sovereign Lord who answers prayer.

James 5:17-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
“17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.”

Does God answer prayers to our satisfaction or His own?
His own.

Luke 22:42 New King James Version (NKJV)
42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

Even before Jesus went to the cross to redeem humanity He prayed three times for His Father to remove that cup (His sacrifice on the cross).  Yet He prayed for the Father's will to prevail not His.  And yes we benefited as the Father's will prevailed.  

God answers prayer in His will for His ultimate glory which will benefit all in His kingdom.  Evil can have a moment but our Sovereign Lord will prevail.

If you are Saved –that is you have gone to the Lord and asked Him to forgive you as He sent His Son to die to pay the price for your sins you are in His family or kingdom.
You then have intimacy with the Father.

A good formula for praying is A.C.T.S.
Adoration –Address Him directly. Jesus Christ
                      through the Holy Spirit  is your intercessor.
Confession – Confess your sins.
Thanksgiving – Thank Him for your relationship with Him and His blessing you.
Supplication – Present the needs of your prayer for others and yourself.

Pray.  He hears you.

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