Why pray: God already knows our needs?

Before answering that question, let us define prayer.  My definition may appear a simple one to some, but to me prayer is the expression of a believer’s sincere desires and emotions made to God privately or publicly.  And prayer should be dialogue: because the petitioner should listen and not do all the talking.  It is required of believers that they pray: at the beginning of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6: 5 and Luke 11: 2, He did not say if you pray but when you pray.  And He set such a good example in His prayer life that once when asked to teach His disciples to pray, He gave the model prayer referred to by many as the Lord’s Prayer.

Prayer is one of the ways God’s children have fellowship and communication with their heavenly Father.   And He desires that
we commune frequently with Him. His lines of communication are open at all times and we never get a wrong number, receive
an automated message, or get put on hold.

The psalms contain may prayers including this one found in Psalm 102: 1-2 a: “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto Thee.
Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble.”

Father, cleanse our hearts that we may approach Thy throne of grace and grant us our petitions.  We pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

 

Doris Lisemby