So you believe that God only seeks to save those who He knows will be saved? And in His "reaching", is He not trying to save all mankind? God desires that all repent and none perish, yet according to your statements, God can only save those who put their faith in Christ. He wants to save everyone but He cannot unless they believe. Let's flesh this out. God wants to save "Bob", "Sue", and "John", but only "Sue" will believe, so he loses "Bob" and "John". He is powerless to save them. He desires that all repent and none perish, but Bob and John will perish because God cannot save them unless they first believe. So why pray to God about "Bob" and "John"? What can He do that He has not already done?? He wants to save them, yet He cannot. He is powerless. You said this above: How does that work with "Bob" and "John"? Does He not want to save them?