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1 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying?

2 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? Nothing is permanent but change. HERACLITUS Change is constant Benjamin Disraeli (1867)

3 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? 1. Does God change his mind? Malachi 3:6 I the LORD do not change. Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD Almighty.

4 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind.

5 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? Matthew 6:8 …do not be like them (pagans) for your Father knows what you need before you ask him…

6 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? Psalm You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely… 16 all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

7 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? 2. But what do we do with accounts where God seems to change his mind? Genesis 6:6 (MSG) God was sorry that he had made the human race in the first place; it broke his heart. God said, "I'll get rid of my ruined creation, make a clean sweep: people, animals, snakes and bugs, birdsthe works. I'm sorry I made them."

8 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? Exodus 32 v10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. v12 Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. v14 Then the LORD relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.

9 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? Jonah 3:9-10 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish. When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

10 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? Your prayers in Jesus name are significant and powerful enough to move God into action

11 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? 3. The Power of Prayer Hebrews 4 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we areyet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach Gods throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

12 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? James 5:16 The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (NIV) The prayers of a person living right with God is something to be reckoned with (MSG)

13 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? 1John 5:14-15 And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he's listening. And if we're confident that he's listening, we know that what we've asked for is as good as ours. (MSG)

14 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? "I discovered an astonishing truth. God is attracted to weakness. He cant resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need him" (p. 19 Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala) Your prayers in Jesus name are significant and powerful enough to move God into action

15 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying?

16 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? Second service questions

17 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? God is all-knowing and does not change His mind – why then does he allow ordained spiritual leaders to fall from grace?

18 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? If God is all-powerful, all-wise and all- loving, should anyone remain lost for a never-ending duration? The bible says He always does His will and He wills that none perish…love never fails…but seeks UNTIL He finds…?

19 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? How do we distinguish between what is Gods will & what is our will? How do we know if its God who is answering our prayers or if its our own thoughts?

20 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? What about the people who dont hear about God? There is the story about the Roman soldier who was led by God to find someone to tell him about God; does God do this with everyone?

21 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? First service Questions

22 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? Why do people pray if it be your will to heal? To pray this, I feel it is faith destroying for the person who is sick. God says I am the Lord that heals you - Exodus 15:20 By Jesus stripes you are healed – 1 Peter 2:24 Praise the Lord, O my soul forget not all his benefits. Who forgives all your diseases – Psalm 103:2-3 Gods Word is His will God does not lie

23 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? Does prayer have to be spoken out loud to be effective? And when is it time to give up when a prayer is not answered?

24 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? Would it be right to say God NEVER changes his character, which is gracious, just living, compassionate, etc. & within His character He relents & changes His decrees at times?

25 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? Why do we pray for people next to the death bed when we know God will take him or her away?

26 Questions We All Ask Does God change his mind? If not why bother praying? How do we make our prayers more powerful?


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