Prayer #3: Does Prayer Change the Mind of God?


Chuck AdairFebruary 20, 2021All Church, Prayer

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Passage: Exodus 32:11-14


Moses’ prayer convinces God to change his mind by reminding God of something he had said that he forgot about. Was God just having an off day? Had he forgotten to do his quiet time that morning? Did Moses really change his mind? And here’s what’s even more confusing, Moses, the same author who recorded this story, says clearly in Numbers 23…“God is not a man that he should lie, nor a son of man that he should change his mind.” Numbers 23:19

Sermon Discussion Questions:

1. Do you believe that prayer changes the mind of God? Explain your answer.

2. In Exodus 32, it looks like Moses' prayer changed God’s mind. In Numbers 23, Moses said that " God is not a man that he should lie, nor a son of man that he should change his mind.” How would you explain this seeming contradiction?

3. In the sermon, Chuck makes the following statement… "Your situation—the problems you are observing and the divinely appointed opportunities in them—are divinely appointed invitations to call God’s promises into effect.” What does that mean to you? Is that how you see your life situation? Explain.

4. If your prayers are not being answered, have you considered: that you are not in right standing with God, have something in your life that needs changing, or are praying in a way that does not align with God’s will? What do you need to do as a result of your answer?

5. The final day is when “God will wipe away every tear” (Rev 21:4–5). We will be delivered from broken bodies, broken desires, and broken relationships. Prayers for marriage, healing and reconciliation will all be answered then. Why is it hard for us to wait to have our prayers answered in eternity and not the here and now? Explain your answer.

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