If God Already Knows, Why Pray?

The Bible teaches that God is all-powerful and sovereign over his creation. But the Bible also teaches that prayer is commanded by God and is a tangible way by which we can affect ourselves and creation. How can we hold such seemingly contradictory ideas at the same time? This week on Ask Away, Vince is joined by Kathy Branzell, President of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, to discuss some of the practical realities of prayer in the midst of trials. What do we do when prayer seems hopeless?

Think about that oft quoted phrase in James 4:2 - Ye have not because ye ask not.

In other words, there are some things that God would do for you if you asked, but He won’t if you don’t. Ye have not because ye ask not.

Does God know what you need? Yes - but ye have not because ye ask not.

So why does God insist that I ask for things if He already knows I need them anyway? Probably because He wants to be more to us than a cosmic ATM machine. He wants a relationship - He wants us to include Him in our lives - which we do when we pray. We invite Him to participate in our drama.

Hope it helps!

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