This question is a great example of why I am so attracted to this discussion forum. First, I must begin with the axiom of faith that God is infinite. Being thus, the Almighty Godhead very logically, though quite incomprehensibly, knows all that was and all that is and all that is to be as one complete moment of time. In fact, God's self-definition as "God" axiomatically implies that He is the Prime First, ungoverned by Time, and thus contains all within Himself. Needless to say, this untouchable omnicience makes it evident that God harnesses an efficiency of government that refutes the Watchtower Society's chronological excuse that God would "change his mind." So God does not experience Time but contains Time, furthermore being the only infinite thing Himself. Perhaps all this theological pedantry is unnecessary, except for the fact that all that I have just delineated is so often taken for granted, as that million-dollar word "axiom" connotes.
Now based rather firmly on this article of faith, God then, of necessity, reflects on the beginning of history as He does upon the conclusion of history; He had planned man's creation in the same moment He had fulfilled man's redemption; and He presently views the beginning of a life as he views the fate of a life. It seems, therefore, that this understanding of God excludes all human choice or influence upon the events of one's own life. But this is not necessarily so. For in maintaining the sanctity of free will and choice, God foresees the choices that a man has already made and organizes His Providence to accomodate this liberty. Without contradiction, then, man may himself direct himself, establishing an account of himself with God even while God has already seen the destiny of that man.
Therefore, should a man petition God to any effect, whether or not it is granted him, God has already "counted" that prayerful petition and has already considered the faith of that person in order to commit to a particular response altogether benevolent, wise, and just. For God perceives the circumstances of a man's account proficiently beside His own ultimate will and wisdom. What God's action actually manifests itself as owes itself to His unfathomable "deliberation" which takes into account these and any other factors which God deigns Himself to consider. Prayer, as the faithful maintain, is one factor of central importance which God enjoins us to in an active relationship with Him. And besides the point, prayer is recognized as a miraculous exercise of faith in the unseen--Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.
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