Monday, June 24, 2024

Why Pray, If God Already Knows What I Am Going to Pray?


                                      (Green Lake Christian Conference Center, Wisconsin)

If God already knows what I am going to pray before I pray it, why do so? 

Because: This is about a relationship, not a religious ritual. 

Think of a loving parent who already knows what their child is going to say, and allows them to say it without interrupting. This is about us, being real and authentic in that relationship. Like a loving parent is proud of their child’s transparency before them. “We must lay before Him what is in us, not what ought to be in us,” wrote C. S. Lewis. To put it another way, we must trust God with what God already knows.

As you pray, you can trust God with what he already knows.

(From my book Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God, pp. 303-304.)