How do you reconcile the fact that we are called to pray about everything:
“…but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
With the fact that God knows what we’re going to say before we say it:
“…for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:8)
Doesn’t that, at least initially, seem odd? God is omnipotent and omnipresent so, of course, He would know what we’re thinking even before we form the thoughts. So why should we even take time to express our requests? I think it’s because of the divine mystery that God desires to have a real relationship with us. He’s not some cosmic Santa Claus waiting for us to share our Christmas wish list so He can decide who’s naughty and who’s nice. He wants us to express the deep recesses of our heart. He wants to hear and hold our pain. He wants to celebrate our joys. And He wants us to listen.
I suspect that “listening” is the important element missing from most prayer lives. Soren Kierkegaard expressed it this way:
“The immediate person thinks and imagines that when he prays, the important thing, the thing he concentrates upon, is that God should hear what he is praying for. And yet, in the true, eternal sense, it is just the reverse. The true revelation in prayer is not when God hears what is prayed for, but when the person praying continues to pray until he is the one who hears, who hears what God wills. The immediate person therefore uses many words, and therefore makes demands in his prayer. The true man of prayer only attends.”
God has invited you into a relationship for a purpose. God has chosen to partner with you – TAKE A MINUTE AND THINK ABOUT THAT – to bring about His will on this earth.
Are you listening?