Why pray if God already knows what we need?

Human fathers always know what my children need before they ask. However, what earthly fathers only sometimes know, our eternal heavenly Father always knows. That fact inevitably leads to the question “If God knows what we need before we even ask, why bother asking at all?” Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the 𝘉𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘯 broadcast and the 𝘏𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘜𝘯𝘱𝘭𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘥 podcast, says it is crucial to recognize that supplication should not be seen as the sole sum and substance of our prayers. Far from merely being a means of presenting our daily requests to God, prayer is a means of pursuing a dynamic relationship with Him. God ordains not only the ends but also the means. Thus, to ask, “Why pray if God already knows what we need?” is akin to asking, “Why get dressed in the morning and go to work?” For that matter, if God is going to do what He is going to do anyway, why bother doing anything? God has ordained that both the work we do and the prayers we utter produce results. The fact that God knows the future does not imply that our futures are fatalistically determined any more than our knowledge that the sun will rise causes the sun to rise.


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