Prayer is Not Informing God About Your Needs

Third, prayer is not reporting to God about your needs. Jesus said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matt. 6:8). Before you ask God, God already knows your need. If God already knows what you need, then prayer is not informing God about your needs. Prayer is not about telling God your needs. Rather, prayer is relating with God who knows your needs.

Adam Clarke: “Prayer is not designed to inform God, but to give man a sight of his misery; to humble his heart, to excite his desire, to inflame his faith, to animate his hope, to raise his soul from earth to heaven, and to put him in mind that THERE is his Father, his country, and inheritance.”

“Pastor, if God knows my need, then why pray?” We need to pray, because in praying, we express trust in God. We need to pray, for God wants to hear us praying to Him. God is a relational God; He wants you to relate with Him. We need to pray because we are related to God. If you have trusted Christ as Savior, then God is your Father. God is your Father in heaven who wants to hear you talk to Him.

That is why we pray.


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