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If God is omniscient and knows everything then why pray about our problems now or in the future?

There always will be a mystery as to how God, who is infinite and beyond time and space, and thereby knows past, present and future at once, interacts with us, poor human beings, who are limited by time and space, and do not know the future. God’s foreknowledge interacting with our free will is a mystery. Nevertheless, foreknowledge does not entail predestination; foreknowledge does not predetermine events.

Therefore, we rightly implore God’s help in our daily needs. Our dear Lord instructed us to pray “for our daily bread” when He taught us the Our Father. At the Last Supper, Jesus said, “I give you My assurance, whatever you ask the Father, He will give you in My name” (Jn 16:23). Our Lord would not have instructed us to ask or to petition if doing so were pointless.

Also, such prayer affirms our trust in God’s divine providence. God, who loves us beyond our imagining, always will take care of us. St. Paul reminds us, “The Spirit too helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in speech. He who searches hearts knows what the Spirit means, for the Spirit intercedes for the saints as God Himself wills. For we know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His decree” (Rom 8:26-28).

Granted, as poor human beings, limited by this time and space, we will never comprehend God or His ways. Therefore, when we pray, we know that our loving God will hear our prayers. He will answer them in accord with His divine will and what is His true, good

and just. He will answer them with the best answer and in the best time frame. As St. Augustine taught, our prayers do not determine His answer or change it, but instead help us to place our complete trust in Him and accept His answer as the best one for us. After all, we also pray in the Our Father, “Thy will be done.”









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5 comments

  1. Franklin P. Uroda Reply

    Hey, once in a while my prayers are answered to my satisfaction. Not always, but sometimes. Strengthens my dedication to Jesus, God Almighty. Even if my prayers remained unanswered to my satisfation, I’d still cling to Him.

  2. kale kelby Reply

    “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Mathew 7v7-8.
    Note.- “prayer is not the overcoming of God’s reluctance; it is the taking hold of God’s willingness.” “Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. “Prayer does not change God; but it does change us and our relation to God. It places us in the channel of blessings, and in that frame of mind in which God can consistently and safely grant our requests.

  3. newton Reply

    I want to know how can child be Baptist as child.does not even know who ate his parents also how children of 8-10 years receive communion when they don’t even know what is communion and what need to be done to receive.

  4. catstclair12000 Reply

    God exists in the Eternal Now. Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I AM.” We cannot begin to contain the knowledge of an infinite God in our finite brains.

  5. Edna Reply

    Your fight between good and evil is never over…you are alway having a test to show GOD how much you love Him that is why it is so hard to show your love for God by doing what he commands… God is all good GOD.

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