March 5, 2021

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Can praise/prayer change God’s mind?

I think that in order to change God’s mind, I would have to first know what God had decided to do about the situation and understand why he was doing it. And then I would have to provide Him with some information that He did not have when He made up His mind. That is not possible.
Rom 11:33-36 – 33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen. KJV
Or I would have to show Him a side of me that He did not know was there when He made up His mind. That is not possible.
Acts 1:24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men,
There is one example in the Bible that readily came to mind long time ago when I thought about this subject. It is the story about Hezekiah. It seemed to me that Hezekiah changed God’s mind when he was told that he would die. But then I thought about the fact that God already knew that Hezekiah was going to pray when He gave him the death sentence and God already knew that he was going to give Hezekiah more time.
I realized that God wants to develop my character and this is sometimes best done through testing me just like He tested Hezekiah. Or by influencing my decisions like he did Jonah. From my point of view, God changed His mind in answer to my prayers. But, when God’s knowledge of the future is taken into account, there is only a change in the information available to me – I do not know the future, but a lot of times my wisdom and experience often led me to believe that a particular thing was going to happen. When I came to the conclusion about “what I thought was going to happen” I would pray. Sometimes the situation would take a turn for the way I wanted it to and as far as I am concerned, God had changed His mind. But one day through prayer when the situation did not turn the way I wanted, God showed me that He already had His plan in place. He knows the end from the beginning and every detail in between. His plans won’t change for me; He just lets me in on a bigger piece of the plan so that I would line my will up with His. In those wonderful times that I attributed His actions to my prayers, all I had done was caught up with some of God’s knowledge of the future.
I think that God uses our prayers and our praise as an avenue to bring about His ultimate, perfect will. Prayer/Praise changes us. From that day to this one:
• I believe that when the Bible speaks about God “repenting” in the Old Testament; it does not mean “like men repent”. I believe it means that God was grieved. – Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
• I believe that God “works all things according to the counsel of his will and not my counsel on His will” (Eph. 1:11),
• I believe that I am not changing and cannot change God with my prayer, praise nor tears no more than I can change Danny, you or anyone else with them who have already made up their mind. He is the Sovereign, Almighty God.
• I believe that God is changing me from one degree of glory to another greater degree of glory and He uses whatever method that He has already determined that He needs to use to make me more like Christ. 2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory , even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
But the most important reason that I don’t believe my prayers, praise or worship can change God’s mind Because If God would not change His mind (alter the plan that He had already set in place before the foundation of this world) when His own Son cried out (Let this cup pass) then I am sure I don’t have the words or the praise or the passion to change His mind and have Him alter the plan that He had already set in place before the foundation of this world for me. And really, I am glad. I have no idea who will be impacted or who would be devastated if God changed the plan for me. I don’t want to serve a God that does not have a plan already set and that can be manipulated.