Can people really change God’s will? How can we do such a thing, if it’s even possible? Maybe you’re skeptical or wondering how to actually do it.
What’s the difference this time?
Jonah got his heart right. This time when God sends him he quickly obeys. Think his lesson is learned?
I think he learned that lesson but that God has more in store for him as we finish out the series.
Jonah prophesied the destruction of Nineveh.
And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. Jonah 3:4
The shocking part of this story to everyone, especially to Jonah, was that the people immediately believed him. The repented and fasted for God to change His plan.
Their works changed God’s will.
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. Jonah 3:10
They had no sure way of knowing that God would change His mind. Yet they humbly cried out to Him. They even had all their animals fast as well!
God is moved when He sees our sincerity, our faith, and our humble spirit.
He knows who is being sincere and who isn’t because He sees our hearts. We aren’t going to trick Him, that’s for sure!
Another amazing example of people changing God’s will is King Hezekiah on his death bed. Isaiah came to him and prophesied that it was time for him to put his house in order because he wouldn’t survive. I could not imagine being told this! Hezekiah wept and cried out to God to change His will.
Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying, I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; 2 Kings 20:2-6a
Hezekiah’s prayer changed God’s will.
Like the people of Nineveh and Hezekiah, we have no guarantee that God will change His mind.
Yet, they came to Him with a broken and contrite heart and God was merciful to them.
We can have the same effect today. We can entreat the same God of the universe with our humble spirit and actions.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psalm 51:17
Never underestimate the power of God. Faith without works is dead we are told in James 2. God wants to see us showing our sincerity to Him by our actions. Never underestimate the power of your prayers.
Let us boldly cast ourselves down at the footstool of free grace, and God will look upon us with compassion. – Matthew Henry
I love this quote! We need to humble ourselves to move the heart of God!
Your turn! Do you believe that God can change His will by our prayers and actions?
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