“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! – Matthew 6:7-:8 (NLT)
From my previous blog, Jesus taught us to pray to our Father just like chatting with your wife or children ALL THE TIME you are with them. Not to do it just for the sake of praying, and being a “show-off.”
Another reason I had in trying to pray more often, or pray longer, or join prayer meetings was that I thought that my presence and the addition of my prayers would give us a higher probability of getting answered by God. “If I would pray 1 hour longer today than last week, I will surely get my prayer answered!” Or, “If I attend the prayer meeting today and pray a lot more than before, God will surely answer our prayers!”
Or, I keep asking for the same thing over and over because I am not getting my answer. So I think, “Maybe God is not hearing me, I have to pray longer, or louder, or I have to rally more people to agree with me. Or maybe I need to fast and pray!”
Jesus said in the passage above that we should NOT BE LIKE THAT since our Father in Heaven already knows EXACTLY what we need BEFORE we ask Him! Thus my reasoning that the more words I speak, or the more people we gather to pray, would make God answer my prayer, is actually WRONG THINKING! I do not need longer prayer times, or more people praying with me, for God to hear me and know about my problems or needs. He already knows. Actually, my Father knows about my problem, and my situation, even more than me since He can see the BIG picture. I can only see my own feelings and experiences.
So the question is, if our Father already knows our needs, and He has already provided for it (i.e. based on God’s Word in other parts of the Bible like John 14:13-:14), why should I even pray? That’s logical thinking right?
Actually it is logical only if you believe that prayer is used to get something from God. As we have discussed in my previous blog, prayer IS NOT for getting God to answer it. Prayer is used to have a chat with God! We approach our Father in Heaven to spend wonderful, enlightening, strolls and chats with Him. Not just to “force” Him to give us what we need. Thus it is not logical to stop chatting with God only because He already know what you need, and that He has already provided for it! Right?
So how should we pray then? We pray NOT TO get something from our Father. He already knows what you want and what you need, and has already provided for it. We pray to have a wonderful chat time with our loving Daddy in Heaven. 🙂
Let me pray for you: Thank you Father for teaching us about what prayer is really for. Thank you for being so good to us that you already know our needs, and that if it is for our own good, you have already provided for it. Let us remember these truths, and let us just have wonderful chat/prayer times with you, all throughout our daily life. You are always with us, and we can always talk/pray to you any time of the day. Also enable us to focus on your voice and hear you clearly amidst any good or bad situation we have, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Again, Jesus has taught us more about praying in the Bible. Please keep tuned in for my next blog about Jesus’ teachings on prayer!
You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! – John 14:13-:14 (NLT)