Play this video: Prayer is multidimensional.
It is Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.
We often think of prayer as simply the one dimension of asking. In fact we even use the term prayer as a synonym for asking. We say things like, “Lord, we just wanna pray fro John.”
But prayer is not just about asking. it is multidimensional. We pray to adore god, confess our sins, to thank him for all that he has given and then to ask for what only he can give.
If that is true…then sovereignty doesn’t negate our need to pray it actually increases it.
I’ll explain; does God’s knowing and controlling of all things decrease or increase my need to Adore? Obviously it must increase my need to pray. If God is all knowing and all powerful then I can not help but adore him.
Or what about confession. Does God’s knowing and controlling of all things decrease or increase my need to Confess. Again, it is clear that it increases my need to pray and confess. IF he already knows that I done did sin, then I better hurry up and come clean. His knowing gives my need to pray and confess a sense of urgency.
And then again, what about thanksgiving. Does God’s knowing and controlling of all things decrease or increase my need to Thank him? That’s a no brainer – of if God is in fact in control then we should indeed thank him. The very fact that we are alive means that he has ordered things so that we are not dead. if he were not sovereign then there would be no need to thank him – therefore his sovereignty in no way decreases but rather increases my need to pray.
Finally, what about supplication. does God’s knowing and controlling of all things decrease or increase my need to ask him? even though this is clearly the most confusing one, I think it is also clear, at least on the surface, that if God is in control then that should increase my need to ask him for things. Why would i ask for things from someone who is not in control over all things.
We may not be able to answer whether or not he will change the future but we can be sure that sovereignty must mean that he can change the future. And if he can then that alone should increase my need to ask him to make those changes.
So you see, A C T & S is in no way hindered by God’s knowledge of or control of the future.