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Why Pray?

May 10, 2021 | Tyler Bird

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways…” 

2 Chronicles 7:14

Many of us have heard of the word omniscient… but what does that mean? Simply put, it means to know everything. God knows everything. Of course, that is a no-brainer! But if God knows everything, then why pray? We sing songs like “Good, Good Father” which talks about how God knows exactly what we need before we ask it (Matt. 6:8) and yet we are encouraged to pray. Why do it though if God knows everything… and what we are going to say before we say it?

Here are my thoughts on it! We pray to help us, not God. We pray to intercede for others, but this helps deepen our trust in our Father and intensifies our compassion for others. So, when we pray, it’s an act of trust and intimacy. When we pray, our heart is engaging with its Creator. David prophesied, he knew the provision and care of Yahweh, yet he poured out his heart to God. Read some of the Psalms and you will see a beautiful picture of trust and intimacy. We pray not because it helps God, He needs or requires nothing we can give. We pray because it helps us draw closer to the feet of our Loving, Gracious, All-Knowing God.