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Friday, June 4, 2010

First Friday of June - Why Pray?

Why do we need to pray when God already knows our needs?

When the Lord teaches us to pray He tells us in Matthew 6:9-13 that “This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven……your will be done….” The questions arises, why do I need to pray when God already knows what I am going to ask and for that matter He already knows what He is going to do about it?

Do we have to tell God what we need or remind Him because He might have forgotten? Hardly, He never forgets us, He knows what we need and desire better than we do. He created us with a purpose, a great purpose and He loves us more than anyone else, even when we don’t pay any attention to Him. He wants to be our partner on the Great Adventure Called Life. And who better to be our partner than the Creator of all?

So why pray? What is the purpose of our prayer? Simply, God wants us to be involved in what He is doing in our lives. When we pray God knows that we want Him as our Divine partner and His Holy Spirit comes crashing into our heart filling us with Truth and Love. God doesn’t want us to be passive observers in how He works in our lives; He wants us to pester Him with prayer, follow in His footsteps, tug at His garment, kneel before Him and cry out Abba, Father, Jesus, come Holy Spirit fill me and help me. His presence may not be felt all at once, but trust in Truth, take the first baby step, He WILL fill you.

God wants us involved with Him in what He is doing, so pray for He tells us, “…ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
then I will enter his house and dine with him,
and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

Carvaggio - Thomas and Jesus

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