Undoubtedly, God knows what we need, who we need, and when we need it! After Jesus told His disciples what prayer wasn’t and before He cited the model prayer (what prayer is) Jesus told them in Matthew 6:8, “Your Father knows what you need even before you ask Him.”
Now, you might be asking yourself if God in Christ already knows what we need before we ask, why do we have to pray?
The short answer is God wants to establish and build a relationship with us through prayer.
Brothers and sisters, if your childhood was anything like mines then you were once told that, “A close mouth don’t get fed.”
That being said, prayer is never a revelation to God but it’s the only way for us to receive what we need from Him (Heb. 4:16). He tells us the reason we don’t have what we need is because we haven’t asked or because we are asking selfishly (James 4:2-4).
Outside of meeting our needs, prayer is also critically important to all believers because we have an enemy, the devil, who wants to rob ALL of us of the good things God wants to give us and prayer is God’s way for us to stand firm against the devil’s malicious, deceitful, and covert tricks (Eph. 6:18).
In closing, God knows what we need even before we ask, but He still wants to hear from YOU! When we pray with selfless expectations (believing) and thanksgiving God chases away out worries and fills our hearts and minds with His peace (Phil. 4:6-7).
The radiant beauty in prayer is that God desires for us to talk with Him and to tell Him our needs and all we need to do is spend more time in prayer (I Thessalonians 5:17).
Here’s an easy “shoe-in” 2023 New Year’s resolution…. commit to praying daily!