Ever wonder why Christians are admonished to pray? There are many places where the Bible tells us to pray. Matthew 7 says to ask (and keep on asking) and it will be given.
Doesn’t God know our needs before we’re even aware of them? Doesn’t He have provision made before we even ask? If He already knows all this, why does He expect us to pray? Why should I ask Him to heal me if he already knows my health needs? Why should I pray for a job if He already knows I need a job.
Does God need to be reminded of our needs? Does He have memory problems? I don’t think so. If He’s omniscient, that means He knows everything. And if He knows everything, He must never forget anything. So that can’t be the reason for all the prayer admonishment.
When I went to visit a friend with health problems recently, he and I and another friend were discussing this phenomenon. This man was thanking me, and my Sunday School class through me, for keeping him in our prayers, which is what brought up the subject. God is certainly aware of the man’s health situation, and yet we all three knew our prayers were important.
We concluded that the reason God wants us to pray about almost everything we do or need is not that He needs to hear it but that WE NEED to do it. We need to keep ourselves reminded that He is our source. If He just provided all our needs without any action on our part, it would be easy for us to forget Him and just begin thinking we get our needs met because WE deserve it. Our prayers keep our focus on Him and off our own abilities. Our prayers force us to recognize Him as the source of all we have.
Have you ever wondered about this—why God wants us to pray? What’s your take on this? Our readers love to hear from you, and so do I.
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