The Lord has ordained all of history and “works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Eph. 1:11), so He knew that Amos would pray and that He would relent when He gave the visions of the locusts and fire. He even ordained Amos’ prayers and His relenting in eternity past. But Amos did not know what the Lord had ordained, nor was He expected to. The same is true of us. We are to pray for God to move and believe that He can, all the while remembering His sovereignty over all.