Have you ever gotten really honest with God and asked- “Why should I pray if God is only going to do what He wants to?” Not that honest? Here is some good news: God can handle your questions and He isn’t offended. This post could be a book, but … I will try to stay much shorter. Here are some thoughts:
- The questions assumes that prayer is “only” about me getting what I want from God. Prayer is much more than asking God for things, it is about communication. That means talking and listening. And when talking it is more than asking. Here is a link to a message I did about the components of prayer. (prayer audio message-click here)
So let’s go after the question- Why pray?
- Jesus assumes we will pray when He prepares His disciples for the model prayer (Matthew 6:6-13)
- Jesus said we can come to Him and ask for anything.
- Every relationship demands communication. Sometimes we talk, sometimes we listen and sometimes it just good to be still.
As a father, I loved when my kids would ask me for things that I could give them. In fact, early on I taught them how to get a yes every time, I explained- “Ask me for things that I can say yes to”. You see they knew me and they knew what I wanted to give them. As they did their due diligence and thought through their requests, they asked for more and more things that ended with me saying “yes”! I got that idea from scripture- Jesus said ask me anything according to my will and I will give it to you” (1 John 5:14-15).
One of the greatest reasons to ask the Father for what you need is found in Hebrews 4:
- (14) So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. (15) This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. (16) So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
No matter what His answer is- yes-wait-or no, when we ask (God promises) He will ALWAYS give us Mercy and Grace. This weekend’s message was on that topic. If you missed here is the teaching video: