Let me pose a question to you.
You are praying for healing for a relative, you are praying for better finances because you have a big bill and you don’t have the money to pay for it, you are praying for wisdom as you ponder the pluses and minuses of taking a big trip with your best friend.
Have you ever thought that God knows what is on your heart and God knows what is going to happen to your relative, your finances and the trip? After all, God knows all.
The question is how do we pray to an omniscient God?
Some may even wonder at the usefulness of praying to an omniscient God.
It only makes sense. God is going to handle things the way He wants. We can only ask “if it be Your will, God” I ask that You do this or I ask that You do that (if it is Your will).
“But despite our questions, the statements of Scripture are crystal clear: God knows absolutely everything” [Hunter, 32].
“Our Lord is great, vast in power; His understanding is infinite” [Psalms 147:5].
“For He looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens” [Job 28:24].
“God is greater than our hearts and knows all things” [1 John 3:20].
“When you pray, don’t babble like the idolaters, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him” [Matthew 6:7-8].
And then we read this:
“You do not have because you do not ask” [James 4:2].
Wow, this seems so contradictory. We know He knows but we have to ask anyway.
Let’s examine why it is important to pray to an omniscient God.
I believe it is all about relationship with God the Father.
Think about the nature of relationships. You may love your earthly father and he knows it. However, should you never share information with your father because he knows you and loves you? Of course not: your father wants to hear how much you love him and he loves to show you how much he loves you. You have a relationship. In earthly reality, your relationship is built on the sharing of ideas. Some of the ideas are not monumental [for example, what do you want for breakfast, do you like Dermot Mulroney, or would you like a table saw for Christmas?] but you share the ideas anyhow. Why do we do this? So we can know each other better. Father and child can “relate.”
Stop and think about what it is like when children are growing up. Children ask their parents all sorts of questions. Would a child say “I know my parents know everything, so I don’t need to ask them.” That wouldn’t make sense. No matter how much I thought my Dad and Mom knew what I wanted for Christmas, I asked them over and over for my cherished item[s]. In order for the parent to guide the child and pass along wisdom, the child often asks questions. It’s the same for us and God. We want God’s help, we can’t see where we are going, but He can. Just because He knows, doesn’t mean we will somehow get His wisdom. We have to ask.
“Prayer is not like a magic system, where we put in a prayer, and out pops an answer. Prayer is relationship. Think again about the child and the parent. The parent longs for the child to love him/her and to spend time together. It’s the same with God. In a conversation you talk, you wait for a response, then you respond. It’s give and take. When you first start praying, you may feel like you are doing all the talking. But keep at it…as you pray day after day and get into a relationship with our Father, you will begin to ‘hear’ Him. Not really like an audible voice, but, a small quiet voice inside. If you get confused, remember, if the voice puts you down, it’s not God. God encourages and loves us. Even when He corrects us, it’s in a loving way.”*
You know how it goes with prayer. God knows what we need and even though we ask, He doesn’t give us what we want all the time. Why is that? I am not sure but I suspect God knows what we need more than we know ourselves. I do believe in the act of praying to our omniscient God, we receive answers to our prayers or not and the process increases our faith but most of all:
it strengthens our knowledge of God and confirms that He knows all about us…
Our relationship with our Holy Father continues to grow [and that is a good thing].
*from the Question and Answer Website “Christian Exchange”