Our Great God is omniscient (all knowing). Scripture tells us that He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). So if God knows what we need before we ask, why should we even ask? What is the point of praying?
The point of prayer is not simply to get answers from God. Prayer reflects our relationship and oneness with God.
If we pray because we want specific answers, we will get exasperated. The answers come EVERY time, but not always in the way we expect, and our spiritual exasperation shows a refusal to identify ourselves with our Lord in prayer.
Here are the ways that God has responded to my prayers:
Yes, that is in line with my will for you.
Absolutely NOT my child, that is way off the mark.
Yes, but I’m going to need you to wait while I develop you to receive the answer.
Yes, but your answer will come in an uncommon way.
Not a yes or a no, but I want to reveal (show you) something.
No, but I will give you something better.
I understand that the purpose of praying to God is to be ONE with my Father and not to rule over Him with my short-sighted will!
It is Easter Monday and we are in a season of intentional reflection on the redemption that Christ gave us over 2000 years ago. I am drawn to remember the posture of prayer that Jesus exemplified for us.
“He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.””
Luke 22:41-42 (NLT)
The honesty in Jesus’ prayer to the Father is incredible to see. How many of us actually take our worries and suffering to God in prayer? How many of us would pray a prayer that is raw and honest about your situation before God…yet, seek ‘oneness’ with God by choosing His will over yours!
Jesus gives us the purpose of praying. Jesus gives us the purpose of asking. He tore the veil that once marred our access to God and our ability to ask without performing specific rituals.
In Matthew 6:5-14, where Jesus teaches us how to pray, He mentions ‘Father’ 6 times (NKJV version). If this does not numerically emphasise the importance of a Father-child relationship in prayer, Jesus then goes on to instruct, command, implore us to pray in a specific way: ‘In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your Name’ (Matthew 6:9).
So why ask and why pray to a God who knows the things you have need of before you ask Him? We ask in prayer because we have a Father. We pray from an honest relationship with Our Father.
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for the price You paid; that affords me the right to come boldly before the throne of Grace to make my honest requests. Thank you for making this relationship possible. Thank you for always answering my prayers and give me the grace to accept your answers even when they do not match my expectations. Thank you for teaching me how to pray and so I pray now:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Kanayo is a Multi-award winning, Author and Senior leader in education whose experience ranges from being a Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Head of Psychology and Lead Practitioner. Kanayo believes that these 3 elements are the driving force of her ministry and career. D.I.G; Drive, Integrity and Grace.
Having a psychology degree provides me with a broad scope to experience many industries and fields of work. Although, my main aim is to continuously learn and also to share my knowledge and experience with others, within and beyond the constraints of the psychology community. Hence my pursuit to teach!
Hopefully, the readers of this blog will find that it is infested with a scope of psychological knowledge, with the intention of conveying psychology in such a way that it is interesting and understandable to those who aren’t studying it as a discipline. In addition, you will find that I heavily cover various topics aside of psychology such as, Christianity because I am a Christian. I draw both passions together, Psychology and Christianity, observing how they complement and sometimes clash! This blog is where ‘Psychology meets Scripture’.
As well as teaching Psychology, I know God has called me to do something far greater in this world. My passion is for His Word and to encourage others to read the Bible, fall in love with it, but most importantly…fall in love with The Author! My role of teaching is not limited to psychology. I strongly believe God is stirring up the ‘teacher’ office of the Five fold ministry in me.
I’m a doctor by virtue, healing and performing heart surgery with words of encouragement.
I am extremely driven and passionate about getting everyone; both Christians and non-Christians to read, understand and live out the word of God. To achieve this, I’ve created online Bible Challenges, whereby people around the world via social media, read a book in the Bible, one chapter a day and share what they have drawn out from the text. I have numerous Bible challenges, all accessible from my blog (www.doctorkanayo.com) and the YouVersion Bible App where over 250,000 people have completed my devotionals around the world. One Bible Challenge at a time, I aim to change the skewed perceptions of the Bible being irrelevant and to show the true reality that the bible is ‘juicy’, tremendously relevant, fun and easy to read. My one prayer is that my teachings and writings from His word, will touch at least ONE person. That would be a serious mission accomplished to the glory of God!
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