15th January 2011

Why Pray When God Already Knows?

“When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
Matthew 6:7-8  (NIV UK)

Someone asked once, “Why pray to God if He knows everything?”

In the prelude to the Lord’s Prayer Jesus made the statement above. God knows everything. His spirit is everywhere. To demand things constantly of God does not mean he will listen more than he listens already. Prayer is not about getting God’s attention: we have his attention. Your father knows all about you , Christ implies, he knows your thoughts, needs, and desires.

So why pray? As a father, I want my children to tell me when they discover things for the first time even though I may know all the details already.  I want my children to tell me when they are excited about something even though I see their excitement.  I want to share in their life dreams even though I can guess what they may be.  As a human father, I am only a mere shadow of the reality of God the Father.  How much more does God wish to participate in our ideas and hopes!

Have you heard about the man who asked a Christian friend why she prays?  “Your God is supposedly aware of the truth and all the facts anyway?”  The Christian replied, “Yes, He is.  But He may not know my version of the truth and the facts.”  God wants to know our opinions, our views.  He wants to share in our life and prayer is part of that sharing.

Dear Father, our Father in heaven, thank you that you are who you are—always present, always listening, always gracious, always forgiving. Thank you that we can share our burdens and joys through prayer in Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson 

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