Feedback: Do you agree? Surely this characterization isn't all-encompassing. What's missing?
"If the point of prayer is just to give God information or to get God to do something for us, then your husband is right, we don't need to pray. But this treats God like a computer, not a person. If God is a computer, then sure, just plug in the right information and you get your desired result. But if God is a person and desires a relationship with us, then not praying can be one of the most detrimental decisions we can make. Communication is as important between us and God as it is between a husband and wife in a healthy relationship. If my wife and I never talked, never shared our hearts with each other, then our relationship would stay cold, distant, and stunted. There is a health, growth, and vitality that comes to our relationship only by conversing. And the fact that Jesus prayed so much seems to confirm this dynamic. Jesus, even though he was and is God, knew that prayer was vital for a thriving relationship with the Father.
"Praying brings us close to God. Of course, God is everywhere (omnipresent), but there is a spiritual nearness that happens when we pray. Our spirits/souls feed off of that, just like your heart gets fed from having a deep/loving conversation with your spouse or friend. I may not be giving my wife any new information, I may not be changing her mind or getting her to do anything for me, but talking is still vital to a healthy marriage.
"The best answer I can give you is that prayer is as important to our relationship with God as talking is to your marriage. One cannot expect to have a healthy marriage without talking, one cannot expect to have a healthy relationship to God without prayer."
Monday, June 18, 2012
Why Pray If God Knows Everything?
"Why pray if God knows everything?" This was a question that was posed to me after the sermon I preached yesterday. It reminded me of a similar question I got last semester in my Community Group, and I thought I'd share my reply with you.