Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (1 John 5:14).
Can prayer change the mind of God?
Let’s say that you pray tomorrow that God turns all the snow in the world into gold dust. Will God bend to your prayer?
“No. Of course not,” you say. “God only answers prayer in accordance with His will.”
Let’s increase the number of those praying from just you to six people, or to 6 thousand, or even 6 billion. Will the numbers of people praying force God to answer that prayer?
Again the answer is, “No. Of course not. God only answers prayer in accordance with His will.”
Is God’s will established, or is it fluid and ever-changing nilly-willy like a young boy with only a dollar at the candy store? If God’s will is established in eternity, then no prayer or amount of prayer can change His mind or His will. All things serve His will.
Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides. They continue this day according to Your ordinances, for all are Your servants. Concerning Your testimonies, I have known of old that You have founded them forever (Psalm 119:89-91, 152).
If prayer does not change God’s mind, why do we pray? Prayer achieves at least three purposes: First, it turns us to acknowledge God and our continual dependence upon Him; second, He uses prayer to change our hearts in submission to His will; and third, it fulfills God’s command to commune with Him by the means of prayer.