A Commonly Asked Question

Q. Why should I pray if God already knows what I’m going to say before I say it?

A. Imagine this: It’s your birthday party. You’ve invited people you love to attend. It’s a guarantee that somebody’s going to come up to you and say “Happy Birthday!”, right? Do you put your hand up and stop the person before they say it? Do you say, “No need to say anything. I already know what you’re going to say.”

Well, do you?

No, you don’t. And the reason for this is because you like to hear it, don’t you? You like it when people take time to talk to you – to tell you things.

This is how it is with God. Yes, He knows what we’re going to ask before we say it. But He, the creator of the universe, loves it when we come before Him and talk to Him.

Another way to think of it is this: When I was a kid, my brother and I loved to dump out all of our legos into a great big pile. My mom, on the other hand, wasn’t always so thrilled. Every time we came to ask her if we could dump out all the legos, she knew what we were going to ask before we asked. But she still wanted us to ask her. Sometimes the answer was yes, and other times it was no. But every time we came to her and asked.

When you regularly talk to someone, don’t you get to know them better? Don’t you begin to form a stronger and more personal relationship with them? When you talk to God on a regular basis, you’ll begin to form a strong, personal relationship with Him. Praying is your way to communicate with God, whether you’re mad, happy, thankful, depressed, anxious, excited, etc. Whatever your emotions may be, you can talk to God. He is bigger than any problem.

God wants us to trust Him enough to come to Him and tell Him what’s going on in our life. He wants us to ask Him for things, and thank Him for what He’s already done. Can’t we give the Creator of the entire universe some of our time each day, to simply talk to Him and tell Him what’s going on? To ask Him for what we need, and to thank Him for all of His blessings?

Philippians 4:6 “Do not by anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.”

Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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5 thoughts on “A Commonly Asked Question

  1. Hi, I saw your question in the support forums but thought I’d contact you separately. Do you have a lot of followers? I’m just a little surprised; I’ve been blogging on WordPress for almost four months now and have 40 followers. They’ve been trickling in and were nonexistent in my first month. I clicked on your “Member” link in the forums and it says you’ve been a member for a day as I write this. If you’re more successful than I am, I was wondering if you had any advice for me.

    To answer your question about followers, you should see an icon of vertical bars in your toolbar, the one with your site title, follow button, like button, and reblog button. This is the black toolbar that is visible no matter where you are on WordPress, as long as you’re logged in. Click on that vertical bar icon. It may look like a horizontal line of dots if you don’t have many views yet. The next screen that loads is your stats page. It has a bar graph of your site’s views at the top, and you can switch between the views for days, weeks, and months. Below it you’ll see columns of boxes with data, the left column top to bottom labeled: VIEWS BY COUNTRY, REFERRERS, SEARCH ENGINE TERMS, and TOTALS, FOLLOWERS, AND SHARES. At the bottom left corner of the box, you’ll see a number in large text and below it, a plus sign next to the word “Blog.” If you click the word “Blog,” you’ll be taken to a page where you can view your followers. There is a tab for WordPress followers and a tab for email-only followers.

    I hope I helped. I tend to end up being useless on the forums, but I hope this works for you. WordPress is a great community and we welcome you to it!

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    • Haha, no that’s okay. 🙂 You provided me with a shorter way to get to my stats, which is great. And I have a few followers. I posted the link to my blog on my Facebook page so that my friends would know I have a blog, and left it up to them to look at it if they wanted to. But I definitely don’t have 40 followers yet, so good for you. 🙂

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      • Oh. I’m glad I helped. And thanks. I don’t have Facebook, so I certainly didn’t have that advantage…Facebook has always seemed overrated to me, but since I joined WordPress it’s seemed more like a hidden treasure just beyond my reach. Oh well. Glad it’s helped *you*, at least. I’ve found one of the greatest (and unfortunately rationed-off) wonders of the Internet world is publication.

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