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If God is Sovereign, Why Pray? (Season 3 Episode 29)

This week on the Straight Truth Podcast, the best Christian podcast on the web, we ask the question: If God is Sovereign, Why Pray?

What is the point of prayer if God already knows and controls all things? If we cannot change God’s mind, why should we pray? Does prayer really matter? How is prayer important?

In this episode of the Straight Truth Podcast, Dr. Richard Caldwell and special guest Dr. Nicolas Ellen confirm that the scriptures do declare that God is sovereign. They go on to state that God’s sovereignty does not negate the Christian’s responsibility to pray. Prayer for a Christian is not optional; God has commanded that we do so. 

They point out that, in asking these questions, we often do not understand the sovereignty of God when it comes to our prayers. Sovereign God has ordained prayer as a means that He has determined to work through to bring things to pass. Therefore, prayer really matters. 

They explain that the importance of prayer is not that we come seeking to change God’s mind and impose our will on Him. We pray to grow in our understanding of Him, His character and to line up our understanding of His will and desires. They further explain that prayer is dependent upon the recognition of a sovereign, all powerful God and that growing in this knowledge will inform and motivate our prayers. 

What is the purpose of prayer? Does prayer really change anything? These questions and more are addressed in this episode of the Straight Truth Podcast, as Dr. Richard Caldwell and Dr. Nicolas Ellen take us to God’s Word.

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Season 3 Credits

Produced by
Juan Carlos Claveria

Executive Producers
Joshua Philpot
David Anders

Hosted by
Joshua Philpot

Social Media Descriptions by
Michele Watson

Grip / Camera Operator 1
Joshua Want

Makeup Artist
Samantha Claveria

Graphic Design
David Navejas

Spanish Translation
Gerardo Ortiz

DP / Editing / Color
Juan Carlos Claveria

Special Thanks to
El Centro Network

Music by

Motion Graphics
Szymon Masiak

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