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Does prayer change God’s mind?

I know this is a very common question. In fact Matt Slick does agree that….

This is a difficult question to answer.  How do we reconcile the idea that our prayers influence God as James 5:16 implies, yet God knows all things as 1 John 3:20 says?

James 5:16, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”

How is it possible for us to influence God who has always known all things from eternity?  Does God interact with us in some sense of knowing what we will do and decides to do things in response?  Or, does God decree whatsoever shall come to pass including our prayers, so that all our prayers are ultimately within his will?  The debate within Christianity is deep.  However, Scripture is clear.  We know that God works “all things after the counsel of his will” (Ephesians 1:11).  This means that he includes our prayers in the counsel of his will – from all eternity.  But, does God look into the future to see what we are going to pray and then decide what to do based on that?  This can’t be, because  it would violate the sovereignty of God who does not react to man’s desires and offer “a backup plan” when he “changes his mind.”  Furthermore, looking into the future to see what would happen would imply that God was learning — which contradicts 1 John 3:20 that says God knows all things.  Furthermore, our prayers come from our hearts and the Bible tells us that God “moves the heart of the king where He wishes to go,” (Proverbs 21:1).  …Read More!