Bible Question:

Can we get God to change His mind by praying that the premonition doesn't come true? I have had premonitions that have come true before. I know He has a plan for us, but will He consider our requests?

Bible Answer:

Premonitions are common among humans. Most of us have done something, seen something, gone some place, for example, that seemed familiar. Some of us have sensed something would happen and then seen it actually occur. This has happened to Christians and non-Christians.

God’s Will. We cannot change God’s mind about His will for us. God has definite plans for our life. I would encourage you to read a study on the will of God. But God has not planned every detail of our life. I do not believe that God cares what precise foods you eat tomorrow. Scripture never indicates that God cares how many minutes you take to comb your hair, wash your hands, or brush your teeth. I believe that God’s will is like a road and He has given you freedom to drive a little slower, faster, closer to the right of the road, or more to the left. It is your choice as long as you stay on the road.

Omens. There is a demonic premonition called an omen. This type of premonition is a sign of things to come. We are forbidden to seek it – even to know its Interpretation. Christians are to stay as far away as possible.

There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, (NASB) Deuteronomy 18:10

Considering Our Requests. Scripture tells us that God listens to our prayers if we are not in sin.

So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you, Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil. (NASB) Isaiah 1:15-16

God will pay attention to our prayers when we are confessing our sins; that is, when are admitting to Him that we are sinners and seeking to turn away from our sin.

1 Samuel 8:6-7 gives us a special look at how God deals with our prayers. The people were asking for a king instead of a spiritual prophet. Listen to God’s Words.

But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.” (NASB) 1 Samuel 8:6-7

1 Samuel goes on to tell us that God gave them a king – King Saul. This was not the best for them, but God allowed it. Listen to Hosea.

Where now is your king That he may save you in all your cities, And your judges of whom you requested, “Give me a king and princes”? I gave you a king in My anger, And took him away in My wrath. (NASB) Hosea 13:10-11

Does God respond to our prayers? Yes, He does! He will act differently towards us when we are sinning compared to when we are seeking to live righteously. When we turn from evil, God treats us differently.

Thus says the LORD, ‘Stand in the court of the LORD’S house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, who have come to worship in the LORD’S house, all the words that I have commanded you to speak to them. Do not omit a word! Perhaps they will listen and everyone will turn from his evil way, that I may repent of the calamity which I am planning to do to them because of the evil of their deeds.’ (NASB) Jeremiah 26:2-3

One passage the Holy Spirit has been impressing upon me is found in James 4:2.

You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. And you are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. (NASB) James 4:2

The passage is very clear that God will not automatically do things for us. We must ask. We must ask to receive.


May I encourage you to make your requests known to Him for He cares for you.