Why do we pray? The God of the universe already knows it all so what’s the point?
I can’t tell you how many times I have asked these questions. I even hate to admit my lack of faith in this area. But because God is so great, He is continually teaching me and revealing His truth through His Word. Just like He has been using the prayer in Nehemiah 9 to challenge my prayer life to include adoration and confession (mentioned in earlier posts), He is also helping to answer those questions above of why we even need to pray.
If you’ve taken the time to read that chapter, you will see that the Israelites are pouring out their hearts, their history of sin and God’s history of faithfulness and forgiveness. God does all these great things for them, and then it says…
…they again did what was evil in your sight. Then you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies so that they ruled over them. And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion you delivered them time after time. (Nehemiah 9: 28)
He hears our cries from heaven. And it wasn’t until they cried out and prayed to Him, that He delivered them. Now our prayers don’t always have to be cries of pain and agony. We need to remember that it is so sweet for Jesus to hear our cries of how much we love Him too. Can’t you imagine Him waiting for us to just come and ask?! That is why I pray. As it says in my Bible study, “He is swayed by our prayers and responds to our cries.” Amen and Amen!
How sweet is God’s Word! He is teaching me so much on prayer in one little chapter in Nehemiah. And I know I’m just scratching the surface but I love it. So today I’m crying out for my kids to love His Word too.
Today’s virtue to pray: LOVE OF GOD’S WORD
[The Laws of the Lord] are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. (Psalm 19:10)
It is so important that our kids grow up loving God’s Word. He guides us with it. He teaches us with it. He challenges us with it. He satisfies us with it. He reveals Himself to us through it. He shows us His love in it.
Oh that my children would rest on the truth of His Word, taking it in day by day. That they would see me and Ben in His Word daily, relying on it for everything. That they would have a pure hunger to know it and love it…a hunger for bread and not cake!