The Lord’s prayer is well-known by many people from all denominations and even those who are not Christians. It has been put to song by some of the greatest singers in the world. Personally I enjoy the listening to it being sung. The prayer begins with Our Father which shows Jesus is teaching that prayer comes out of relationship with God. Prayer is not a chant to some impersonal it force out there somewhere. Prayer is communication between Father and child.
Jesus shared something with His disciples when they asked Him to teach them how to pray. Before teaching them the model of Our Father, Jesus shared with them a simple yet profound truth. He said “for your Father knows what you need before you ask.” Our Father in heaven is never surprised by our requests. He is prepared beforehand. He knows everything we go through, what we need, and our lives. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He even knows our failures and still wants us to come to Him in prayer. He invites us to come to Him in prayer.
So why should we pray when Our Father in Heaven knows what we have need of before we ask? Because we need Him 🙂 We need to spend time with Him. We need to grow in our relationship with Him. It reminds me of what many good parents will do. They know what their children will need for a activity like soccer for example. Their child will need a uniform, shoes, etc. Sometimes the parent even though they know what their child needs, will wait for their child to come to them to show them what they need. The parent has already planned in the budget to provide for the need, but the parent also knows allowing the child to come to them and talk will help the child to grow in their parent/child relationship. It gives them time together as parent and child. The relationship grows and the child is strengthened. The child needs this to grow and mature and to build their trust in their parent. The child needs this to be able to not just survive but thrive in the world.
Our Father in Heaven wants us to come to Him because we need do so to grow in our relationship with Him, so we can thrive here in this life. We need time with Him 🙂