Can We Change God’s Mind With Our Prayers?

The Real Effect Our Prayers Can Have On God's Mind

Rabbi David Fohrman
Rabbi David Fohrman


Does God ever change His mind because of our prayers? This video explores two Midrashim that discuss humans attempting to counter the angel of death. Yes, you heard right – the Rabbis discussed whether or not we can outsmart death.

Beneath the surface of these two stories are deep lessons about how we can change God’s mind through prayer. Can we listen to the sometimes implicit messages that God is sending us? Can we respond appropriately? These are just some of the elements that go into effective prayer.

In this week's parsha video, Rabbi Forhman points out that these two fascinating stories seem to have contradictory lessons about the way we interact with God. These stories force us to ask a theological question: what influence, if any, can we have on God's mind with our prayers?