If all of God’s plans stand, and all of his purposes come to pass, is praying for what we want pointless?
If God’s will prevails, is it pointless to pray for what I want? This is a really good question from a podcast listener named Andrea. “Pastor John, hello! Why should we pray for things we want — happiness for ourselves, or healing for others — if we know, in the end, God’s will will be done? I struggle with praying for what I want because I know, in the end, God’s plan will prevail anyways. And besides, he knows better than me because he’s sovereign. I feel like this thought sometimes inhibits my prayer life. Isn’t it pointless for me to pray for what I want? But then, if I don’t pray for what I want, what then would be the point of praying anyway?”