Question of the Day for Monday, May 20, 2013
Q. If God’s Will shall be done, why should we bother to pray to him? Can we change his mind?
— Ron Naves
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
The Gospel is filled with assurances that our prayers will be answered. Jesus tells his disciples, “all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours” (Mk 11:24). Experience, however, teaches that God does not always give us what we ask for. The reason, St. Thomas Aquinas suggests, is we sometimes do not ask for what is useful to our salvation, and St. Augustine reminds us that God may not grant a request “so as to bestow something preferable.”
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