Thursday, December 11, 2008

Is praying for past events before you know the results beneficial?

I am writing the body of this blog before I write the title only because I am not entirely sure of the subject matter, so you may say, "well, this is a waste of my time!" Or you may not. I am not predicting the future, so do not be concerned. I am only stating what could be for no apparent reason.

Actually, I do have a thought that just came to mind: do you ever pray for something to "go right" even when the decision or result of that event has already been made, but has yet to reveal itself? For example, do you pray after someone had an operation, but before you have yet to determine if it was a success, asking the Lord that the surgery has done its job? Or have you prayed that the test you worked really hard on and have already taken, but do not know the results, was a success? Unfortunately, no amount of prayer will change how the operation was or how well you did on the test because the past has already determined those things.

Lets take this even further: do you think that prayer could still affect that event that the past has already determined the outcome, but has yet to reveal itself? Personally, I would venture to say yes because God is outside of time according to the Bible, so since time does not mean anything to him, then praying for something that the past has already determined, but has yet to show the result, could still mean something to God. How do I know God is outside of time? Genesis 1:1 states, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Before time, God existed.

Though one needs to consider Job 9:29, "Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?" Since the past has already determined the outcome and it only has yet to reveal itself, why should you pray in vain? Well, if you looked at the context of that verse you would realize that it is saying man is guilty and nothing humanly can stop that, but later you realize that God is the one that has the power to give man his innocence back (when they had lost it in the Garden of Eden). This goes to show that God is all powerful and even though the event has already happened, God can do anything.

What this does not mean: this does not mean that you should stop trying and just let prayer do the job. Romans 16:12 states, "Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, who have labored in the Lord. Greet the beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord." Working hard for the Lord glorifies Him.

Well thankfully I now know the subject matter that I wrote about now I can come up with a title...


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