Why Should We Pray (if God already knows everything anyway)?

From the time they were very small, we taught our children to pray. 

 

We prayed at meals, at bedtime, and when a fire truck or an ambulance would go by.  

 

As far as our kids were concerned, prayer was as normal as eating, sleeping, and taking a bath. It was part of our lives – an essential activity in our daily routines. 

 

So, it shouldn’t surprise me that our children took prayer seriously. 

Why should we pray?

One of my favorite memories took place after school one day as I was driving Emily to her dance lessons.  

 

She was just 5 years old—one of the cutest kindergarteners I’ve ever known. 

 

For a moment it was quiet in our car, as if Emily were pondering some deep or heavy subject. All of a sudden, she gasped loudly. It scared me a little bit because it was so sudden. 

 

“What is it?” I asked.  

 

Mom, we have got to stop right now and pray for my future husband. I’m going to get married one day, and we need to pray for him,” she exclaimed. 

 

So, we did… that day and many, many times since. 

 

When we meet that young man that Emily will marry, I’m going to tell him the story. (I think I’ll also ask him what was going on in his life in the spring of 2001 when his future wife was praying for him!) 

 

@@So, why do we pray?@@ 

 

God knows everything already anyway. He’s almighty, sovereign, and in control of all things. What could we possibly add to His wisdom with our feeble attempts at prayer? 

 

It’s a great question. 

 

To answer it, I’d like to propose 6 great reasons for us to pray: 

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We pray because we are God's children and he loves to hear from us

Join us as we take a clear and practical look at some of the most basic and essential tenants of the Christian life – the doctrines of the faith.  

Each week, we will highlight and explain a core doctrine. Then, we will pose the question, “Why does this matter to you and me?” 

You can catch all of this year’s “Delight in Doctrine” posts by clicking HERE.  

For the purposes of the study, our main texts will be first, the Bible, of course, and Wayne Grudem’s classic, Systematic Theology:  An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine.   

It is our prayer that by the end of 2017, we will all find more delight in understanding what we believe and why we believe it.  

“…And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 (ESV)

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