Ezekiel Hopkins, the renowned Puritan pastor of the Church of Ireland, wrote, "We do not pray out of hope to alter God's eternal purposes; but we pray to obtain that which God has ordained to be received by our prayers. We ask, that we may be fit to receive what God has from all eternity determined to give by prayer and not otherwise . . . Prayer does not incline God to bestow that which before he was not resolved to give, but prepares us to receive that which God will not give otherwise."