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Does Prayer Really Change God's Mind? (3 of 3)
Series: An Inquiry on Prayer
Well if you have been here over the past several weeks we have been in a series called An Inquiry on Prayer and our hope for this series has been to answer the questions that everyone is asking about prayer. Because everyone is praying, everyone has a prayer life, not it may not be a good prayer life and maybe you don't understand even a lot of what is going on in prayer, which is the purpose of this series. So we have looked at the question, Does God hear the prayers of people who aren't religious? And last week we tried to answer the question. How do you pray in order to get what you want? But this week maybe we have come to the most important question yet. Does Prayer really change God's mind? I mean is prayer even important
I mean if God is God, then he is God. He knows everything, and generally you only change your mind when you get new information and since God doesn't get any new information then how can he change his mind?
Another thing that we know about God from scripture is that God does not change.
In theology we call this the immutability of God and over and over in scripture we see this God is not changing, God is consistent, he is forever reliable…
God does not change
Numbers 23:19 - God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
1 Samuel 15:29 - And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.'';
Malachi 3:6 - ''For I the Lord do not change;''
James 1:17 - Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
You could say it this way, The Divine being who is God is perfect. If he were to change he would be less than perfect.
So we know from script ...
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