by Dr. Charles Stanley
Saturday May 21, 2005
Jesus told us, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8). So why would God want you to talk to Him about all your needs when He already knows them? The fact is that praying is not informing God; it’s honoring Him as the source of your life. He wants you to understand who He is—an all-powerful Father who loves to involve His children in what He’s doing.
We are also called to prayer because it is crucial for our spiritual growth. You can memorize endless scriptures, attend church, be baptized, and talk to people about Jesus, but if you neglect prayer, you’re on the road to ultimate spiritual defeat. You cannot develop an intimate relationship with anyone unless you spend time sharing and listening, because that’s a big part of learning who the other person is. God reveals Himself to the degree that you open your heart to Him, listen, and then act upon what He shows you.
Prayer is all about relationship. Jesus said, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:14) That doesn’t mean that tagging “in Jesus’ name” onto any request obligates God to provide what you want! Jesus goes on to explain that He will do whatever we ask when we are abiding in His presence and filled with His Spirit. (John 15:7-8) Praying in His name means coming to Him under His authority, in submission to His will, and in total dependence upon Him. Allow this attitude to govern what you request of the Lord.
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