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If God Knows It All - Why Pray?

"Do not be like them, for your father knows what you need before you ask him" (Matt. 6:8).

If God does not need us to tell Him what we need, then why do we ask Him things in prayer. First look at the word "them" in the verse. The "them" are those that "keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of there many words" (v7). I think that this infers that God is not interested in the quantity, but the quality of our words in prayer to Him.

If you have a concordance and look up the word prayer, as the computer people say, you will get alot of "hits." GOD WANTS US TO PRAY!! And ALOT! And OFTEN! We live in such a complex world. Everything is so complicated. Sometimes things seem to be complicated just for the sake of being complicated. This is not the case with God. He is not complicated, confusing, or complex. He doesn't throw confusion and stumbling blocks in our path. God is all about the simple approach.

Look at Jesus' statement in Matt. 7:7-11---- ask, seek, knock--- nothing confusing there. Look at the results God promises--- ask and receive, seek and find, knock and it will be opened-- nothing complex here either. God could have instructed that requests in prayer be fashioned in a certain way, asked from a certain pose, worded in a particular phrase, or any number of complicated procedures. Jesus simply said, "ask." Aren't we glad? It tells us that God desires to fill not only the requests that we make, but the greatest need we have--to come close to Him and develope a relationship with Him. All that by simply asking, seeking and knocking.

Finally this from George MacDonald, "Liberating Ministry From the Success Syndrome."

"Why pray, if God loves us and knows all we need before we pray? What if He knows prayer to be the thing we need first and most? What if the main object in God's idea of prayer be the supplying of our great, our endless need, the need of Himself? What if the good of all of our smaller and lower needs lies in this, that they help drive us to God? Communion with God is the one need of the soul beyond all other needs; prayer is the beginning of that communion."

Have a wonderful day...Let your light shine....Love mark phil. 4:11

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