“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
Why in the economy of God did He ask us to pray in order to receive our needs? Could He not simply give us our needs? He knows them before we pray; in fact, He knows them better than we do. Why would God have us beg for some of our needs? Since He loves us so much, why doesn’t He simply give us what He knows we need, or at least require us to make only one requisition? The answer to this is in the very purpose for our being. God made man for the praise of His glory that He might enjoy fellowship with him. There are several reasons why God uses prayer as a means to His supplying our needs and, yes, our wants.
(1) Prayer is a way of starting a conversation. Continual prayer is a way that God uses in perpetuating that conversation.
(2) Prayer enables the mind of God to flow through our minds. Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” When two people talk, their minds merge. No person is exactly the same after talking to another. Communication between individuals causes a merging of the minds that is impossible to prevent.
(3)Prayer makes the journey more enjoyable oftentimes than the destination. The fellowship with God can be more wonderful than the receiving of the answer to prayer.
Suppose a boy said to his girlfriend, “Walk down to the store with me while I get some milk and bread.” On the trip to and from the store they laugh and have fun and may even snicker a little, “I like you,” or an “I love you.” Now which was the most fun—getting the milk and the bread, or going to the store together?
The Lord said, “You can have the milk and bread, but I’m not going to have it delivered to your house. I want us to go to the store together that we may enjoy fellowship one with the other.” Perhaps the richest thing about prayer is not the receiving of our request but the means of receiving it; that is, fellowship with the very God of God’s and the Creator of the universe.
(4) Prayer always makes God’s provisions a delightful surprise. If He simply delivered our needs and wants to our doorsteps, we would not be surprised. It would become just a normal thing. Yet even the possessor of the strongest faith always has an element of delightful surprise when he receives from God the answers to his prayers.
(5) The use of prayer is a means whereby God supplies our needs and prevents us from taking God for granted. While the Israelites were in the wilderness, God could have sent them enough manna at one time to last them for a month, but He chose to require them to gather the manna every day. This kept them constantly praying and believing and, yes, even needing. This brought a certain amount of growing love as each day they enjoyed the blessing of gathering the manna rather than just having that blessing monthly.
God in Heaven looks down on us. He could from a distance simply supply our needs, but God wants to come down where we are and He wants us to be where He is so that through prayer that which He knows to do for us can be done just as well and much more enjoyably. He wants to be with us. He wants to make His providing for us a delight to Him and to us. He loves our fellowship. Through prayer His great mind can flow into our finite minds making it possible for us to serve others better and to let this mind be in us which was also in Christ Jesus. Not only does God want to provide for us, but God wants to use the tool of prayer as a means of this provision in order that He may fellowship with us as He supplies our needs and our wants. What a blessed bonus this is to the child of God! Not only does he have the great security of God’s provision and protection, but the child of God has the great intimacy of God’s fellowship as He protects and as He secures His children.
Scripture of the day: “Pray without ceasing.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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