Have you ever found yourself thinking, “Why do I need to pray? God already knows what I want/need, so why doesn’t He just give it to me? It would be so much easier.” It’s a fair question. Part of it is true: God does already know what we want or need. But the thing about prayer is that it’s not just a way for us to get what we need (which is more important than what we want). A lot of it is us asking in the first place. To ask and have faith that God will answer.
Matthew 7:7 (NIV) says this:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
This is a great verse; I want to focus just on the first part: “Ask and it will be given to you.” We need to understand that prayer is not a wish. Our every desire is not going to be granted. But we need to have faith. If we say a prayer but don’t even except anything to happen, what do you think is going to happen? Most likely, nothing. But the thing is, if we have faith when we ask, we can expect an answer (see Answered Prayers). It may not be what we want; it may not be when we want; but it will be the best for us, whether we realize it or not.
To see more about prayer, check out my post The Importance Of Prayer.