During our Bible study, a young man in his early 20s asked me a question, “Can our prayers change the mind of God?” I have a long pause trying to figure a good answer. I think I know the quick answer but I wanted him to have a better impression about prayer and why we pray. I replied by alluding to a Scripture verse in James 1:17, “Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven’s lights. Unlike them, He never changes or casts shifting shadows.” Then I said, “Prayer does not change God it changes us.”
Why do we pray? Scriptures reveals the answer.
We pray because…
“He shall give the desires of thine heart.” Psalms 37:4.
“The prayer of the upright is his delight.” Proverbs 15:8
“Pray lest ye enter into temptation.” Luke 22:46
“The end of all things is at hand…watch unto prayer.” 1 Peter 4:7
E. G. White admonished especially the ministers to: “Guard jealously your hours for prayer, Bible study, and self-examination. Set aside a portion of each day for a study of Scriptures and communion with God. Thus you will obtain spiritual strength, and will grow in favor with God.” Gospel Workers, p. 100.
Yes, prayers cannot change God but we pray because it will indeed change our life. God bless you!