Thank you for the lively discussion about God's master plan. Drew you certainly make me think. Your mother expressed my thoughts very well. Yes, I agree with you .
I need to be careful that when I make a statement that I make sure I express my meaning as well. I often expect that all are following my train of thought.
If you have not read the post be sure to go to God's Will and read the comments. It is from the comments from that posting that I am now questioning. I hope Drew will respond. Drew made an interesting comment on God changing His mind:
"God doesn't rarely change his mind because of prayer, he changes his mind every single time someone prays. The very act of prayer, regardless of content, will cause God to respond."
Hum-m , interesting comment. Our prayers changing God's mind? It does bring the parable of the Persistent Widow to mind.
The Parable of the Persistent Widow
1Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.'
4"For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!' "
6And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"
If God answers our prayers with a negative response did our prayers change God's mind?
Elaborate on this for me, Drew. Preach on, brother.
Make me think.