I am in total agreement with your comment.
God has a plan for us all. If we accept Christ. But you and I know everyone will not. And God knows this too. In fact he knows exactly who is going to accept and who is going to reject to their grave or whatever. He knows everything. so in that sense yes pre-ordained works for me.
To suggest Gods pre-selected or pre-ordained people in the midst of events. means that certain people were already going to hell is to contradict Gods wish of no man to perish but for all to come to repentance. But I dont think you are suggesting that at all.
He already knows the end of the story for each one of us. We dont. we still have to live out that story.
In That,... there is a sense of pre-ordained. Because he knows, ultimately who will make it and who wont. However we are still left ultimately make the choice. And its not a one time thing. Its an every day thing.
As for Pharoah, yes absolutely, this was done to glorify God. HE already knew Pharaoh wasnt going to heed his first call for him to let israel go and avoid the plagues. he already knew what pharaohs heart was going to be like, he allowed it to be so. Doesnt mean pharaoh could not have repented though.
But maybe you missed my point just a little.
All im saying is that its important to pray for the lost. maybe someone in particular. Theres nothing wrong with praying that their hearts be touched by God to recieve his word after maybe handing them a tract or witnessing to them. Doesnt mean they are going to be saved necessarily because one prays for them. because....
In the end it still takes a willing heart above anything else.
We still have our own personal choices to make.
But prayer does change things. If its in the context of Gods will.
Not saying anything of works to move God or achieve salvation.
However, Faith without
works is dead anyway.
But you have to have Faith first before any works, If any works are required at that.
Sometimes its a matter of being still. That can be consider works too.