Hypocrites prayed long prayers to get people’s attention. They wanted to be recognized as devoted people. Christians don’t pray with this motivation. In fact, they don’t need to make lengthy prayers.

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Matthew 6.8 NET

Some people ask, “If God already knows, then why ask?” But let’s check the context: We don’t need to make long prayers. We don’t have to explain to God all the details, all the whys, nor do we have to impress him with our need, as one does with other people. He already knows. The request in and of itself is already sufficient.

We don’t have to convince God of anything, nor win over his favor.

Besides this, his foreknowledge says nothing either about asking repeatedly. Jesus doesn’t mention the Father’s foreknowledge to keep us from repeated prayer. On the contrary! It serves as motivation to keep on asking, since he is interested in us so much as to stay “informed” about our needs. (I speak now from a human perspective.)

Thank you, our Father, for knowing us and offering us opportunity to ask you for our needs.

Hold this thought: God knows, of this we’re sure, / We ask, and, asking, mature.

3 thoughts on “God knows what you need before you ask

  1. Yes, yes! He delights in the humble request of His children. Thank you!

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