Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.Matthew 6:8
The Lord has reasons for everything He does. Even things that appear random or haphazard are all part of His amazing plan. Often times prayer comes as a result of desperate circumstances. Obviously the Lord knows everything and knows ever detail of everything we are challenged with. Even tough He knows, He stills wants us to bring these things before Him in prayer. What could possibly be His motivation?
I have a theory. Could it be that the whole purpose that we are allowed to fall into desperate situations from time to time is so that we will pray? Could it be that the specific answer may ultimately be rather insignificant? Why would I say that? Here is the answer, when we pray God Himself comes to meet with us. He gives us more than just the answer; way more!!! Sure the bills get paid, and recovery from the sickness happens but something much better has happened. We have actually met with God Himself in that time of prayer; that changes everything!!! Here are some thoughts from Luther on today’s verse.
“Obviously, he doesn’t command us to pray in order to inform him of our needs. God gives us his gifts freely and abundantly. He wants us to recognize that he is willing and able to give us even more. When we pray, we’re not telling God anything he doesn’t already know. Rather, we are the ones gaining knowledge and insight. Asking God to supply our needs keeps us from becoming like the unbelieving skeptics, who don’t acknowledge God and don’t thank him for his many gifts. All of this teaches us to acknowledge God’s generosity even more. Because we continue to search for him and keep on knocking at his door, he showers us with more and more blessings. Everything we have is a gift from God. When we pray, we should express our gratitude by saying, “Lord, I know that I can’t create a single slice of my daily bread. You are the only one who can supply all of my needs. I have no way to protect myself from disasters. You know what I need ahead of time, so I’m convinced that you will take care of me.”
What an amazing God! He really does cause all things to work together for good to those who love Him. What are you struggling with today? Bring it to the Lord in prayer. When you do; don’t be surprised when you get more than just an answer.