If God is all knowing, all powerful and all good,…

If God is all knowing, all powerful and all good, then he already knows what is going to happen and he’s already going to do what is best for all people. So, what is the point of praying?

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  1. This just assumes that prayer is like making a wish on a genie. Since God is a relational Being and wants a volitional relationship with Him, prayer is a form of communication where we willingly talk and listen to the Creator of the universe. This does not mean we are changing God’s mind; it’s an expression of recognizing who’s the one in charge.

  2. Prayer is to humble oneself – yielding in submission to His omniscience; remember that our flesh is weak (out of control and overly rebellious), but the spirit (regenerated soul) is willing (Matt. 26:41)!

  3. Because he is all knowing and he told us to. Because I am not all knowing and have a flawed understanding of God.

  4. As a child of God the success of your life depends on prayer and your obedience to God’s word. It seems many have little knowledge of what prayer can do. Never doubt the power of prayer.

    Apart from making request, prayer draws a person closer to God, a prayerful person therefore moves with the presence of God and that makes it hard for sin to have its way in your life.

  5. We pray for a variety of reasons. For one thing, prayer is a form of serving God (Luke 2:36-38) and obeying Him. We pray because God commands us to pray (Philippians 4:6-7). Prayer is exemplified for us by Christ and the early church (Mark 1:35; Acts 1:14; 2:42; 3:1; 4:23-31; 6:4; 13:1-3). If Jesus thought it was worthwhile to pray, we should also.

    Another reason to pray is that God intends prayer to be the means of obtaining His solutions in a number of situations. We pray in preparation for major decisions (Luke 6:12-13); to overcome demonic barriers (Matthew 17:14-21); to gather workers for the spiritual harvest (Luke 10:2); to gain strength to overcome temptation (Matthew 26:41); and to obtain the means of strengthening others spiritually (Ephesians 6:18-19).

    We come to God with our specific requests, and we have God’s promise that our prayers are not in vain, even if we do not receive specifically what we asked for (Matthew 6:6; Romans 8:26-27). He has promised that when we ask for things that are in accordance with His will, He will give us what we ask for (1 John 5:14-15). Sometimes He delays His answers according to His wisdom and for our benefit. In these situations, we are to be diligent and persistent in prayer (Matthew 7:7; Luke 18:1-8). Prayer should not be seen as our means of getting God to do our will on earth, but rather as a means of getting God’s will done on earth. God’s wisdom far exceeds our own.

    For situations in which we do not know God’s will specifically, prayer is a means of discerning His will. If the Syrian woman with the demon-influenced daughter had not prayed to Christ, her daughter would not have been made whole (Mark 7:26-30). If the blind man outside Jericho had not called out to Christ, he would have remained blind (Luke 18:35-43). God has said that we often go without because we do not ask (James 4:2). In one sense, prayer is like sharing the gospel with people. We do not know who will respond to the message of the gospel until we share it. In the same way, we will never see the results of answered prayer unless we pray.

    A lack of prayer demonstrates a lack of faith and a lack of trust in God’s Word. We pray to demonstrate our faith in God, that He will do as He has promised in His Word and bless our lives abundantly more than we could ask or hope for (Ephesians 3:20). Prayer is our primary means of seeing God work in others’ lives. Because it is our means of “plugging into” God’s power, it is our means of defeating Satan and his army that we are powerless to overcome by ourselves. Therefore, may God find us often before His throne, for we have a high priest in heaven who can identify with all that we go through (Hebrews 4:15-16). We have His promise that the fervent prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much (James 5:16-18). May God glorify His name in our lives as we believe in Him enough to come to Him often in prayer.

  6. I believe it is for our benefit not His. In praying we are cultivating a relationship with Him. Showing our trust and reliance on Him.

  7. Because he gave us freedom of choice, as written He looks at the heart. He knows everything but gave us the chance to choose. As Ravi Zachariahs quoted “you cannot have love without the freedom of the will”. You can watch it here https://youtu.be/44Crx0v7nzs

  8. It shows our total dependence on Him.

    If Jesus, the very begotten of God prayed, who are you not to pray?

  9. You pray for guidance. For help. For protection. For you to make the right choice in every situation. For the protection of others. You pray because you don’t know what’s going to happen, but you hope that if it’s Gods will, that he help direct you and guide you in troubled waters or in whatever else you’re currently going through. It also helps us to self recognize what is going on in our lives and how our hearts are feeling. Are our hearts of sound mind or are they troubled? Are they confident in a choice or is there something uneasy going on inside there?

  10. A personal relationship with our Creator grows with time in prayer and bible reading. It’s you talking to God and He talking to you. Just like with any human relationship. It takes time and trust.

  11. That reflects a very narrow view of prayer. Prayer is communication with God, and when we communicate with others we don’t just try to get them to do what we want. Prayer builds intimacy and knowledge of the other person. It primarily changes us, not God.

  12. You said “If God is all knowing, all powerful and all good, then he already knows what is going to happen and he’s already going to do what is best for all people.” Why do you say “all people”?

  13. He wants His chidren to pray and learn to do spiritual battle. He wants His chidren to exercise free will and learn to live a Holy Life.

  14. Prayer is not about God knowing it’s about we don’t know, therefore we seek for knowledge and even when you read scripture to reinforce what your praying, we pray to understand truth, it also takes life experience for God’s word to come alive and understanding, prayer is a part of that process, my nephew calls it the “God process” and not just prayer but fasting. We need to seek God and one of those ways is to pray, prayer is talking to God and meditation on God’s word is God talking to us. The all-knowing part is what I am trying to know, just a crumb of that is by asking the source of truth in prayer. There is also not knowing what to pray for, knowing, and praying amiss. The word of God is very important in relation to prayer. Jesus coaches the believer how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. The Lord’s prayer is acknowledging God through the eye lens of the Torah, Nevi’im, and the Ketuvim. Prayer is not about getting your way but to do God’s will that we already have in scripture. Jesus was praying to the Father and petitioned,
    “And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt”.
    Jesus was denied this petition to do the Father’s will. Not all prayers get answered, it’s knowing God through scripture. God’s will is embedded and woven in the entire TaNaKh. The Holy Spirit also is a large part of prayer, we receive revelation in understanding God’s word.

  15. Because He wants us to pray according to His will. Because that will show us to be total dependent on Him alone.

  16. One point at a time:

    If God is all knowing,
    True, but that does nto mean he ats upon all his knowledge, nor that he is obligated to.

    all powerful
    True, but the Bible shows and teaches that he does not use all his power all of the time and he actually does not involve himself in all things, even though he can.

    all good,
    Good does have several definitions. Punishment, from one point of view is not good, from another it is. So one must define what definition one is using so that all may speak on the same subject.

    then he already knows what is going to happen
    True, but only because his knowledge is based upon what we will do. what we will do is not based upon his knowledge.

    he’s already going to do what is best for all people.
    This is not a teaching from scripture

    So, what is the point of praying?
    Because God says, “You have not, BECAUSE you ask not, and even when you do ask, you ask with wrong motives, you ask uot of lust and passion”

    I know that a friend needs money. but if he does not ask me, I do not lend to him. THAT is why we pray. It is not about informing God, but about our aligning ourselves with the way he says things are to be.

  17. God knows what will happen based on our own actions.. There isn’t a script that must take place. Whatever happens in the present is not controlled by God. It’s controlled by you and what’s around you. God doesnt control us. But if you pray, you can change the present. I do it all the time.

  18. God tells us to and that should be e ouch fearsome. Also he gives examples of bis believers praying and the good consequences, it was not a waste of time.

  19. Prayer doesn’t change God. It changes me, then we change the world. – Mother Teresa ( not an exact quote.. but the idea is hers )

  20. We are told to “Pray without ceasing” and that means to be in an attitude of prayer, at all times.

  21. God responds to prayer. What happens is determined by prayer. GOD does not act without prayrr

  22. What is the point of your children talking to you and your wife? Answer this and then you’ll have the answers to your question about what is the point of praying to God.

  23. Praying is a process of practising getting closer to God. It usually remains the only way for one to establish a personal relationship with God, whether God foreknows the interaction itself is irrelevant.

  24. God moves through prayer. Not by prayer alone, but through prayer He moves for our faith to grow. He is all knowing. Prayer is submission to God proclaiming that we do not know all things. It is faith rising to leave matters in His hands; trusting Him with what is out of our control. We have to nurture our faith. If it does not grow, then our relationship with Him becomes stagnant. Prayer, fasting, and dwelling on His word brings us into deeper understanding of the Father’s heart. God uses us to do His will. That is why He has given us His power to lay hands on the sick, to cast out demons, and pray in the name of Jesus. When we pray, our faith grows and when we pray strongholds loose from the lives of others so that their faith might grow. Prayer is acknowledgment of His infallibility and our weaknesses. Through our weaknesses He is made strong. Apart from Him we can do nothing.

  25. Because even though God knows whether or not we’re gonna ask before we do or don’t, if we ask according to His will we will receive. If we don’t ask we won’t receive (unless He, in His grace, provides anyway).
    If it’s in line with His sovereign will but we don’t ask, He won’t provide it (except on occasion, by grace). He wants us to seek Him, trust Him, and He wants the glory. He is our good Father
    And then prayer goes beyond just requests. We bless His name, praise the Lord and thank Him too. We poor out our hearts before Him and ask Him to change us from the inside and open that our lives may glorify Him.

  26. Prayer, study of God’s Word;
    Without you are a “walking dead” christian.

    May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Spirit that “..maketh intercessions for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” see you through.. Amen?

  27. Having a relationship
    Sometimes God changes the course of this world because of a prayer if it was sincere and in accordance to his good will

  28. The point of praying is nothing but to communicate with the Maker (God). It doesn’t makes sense to be silent as if there’s an enmity between the creature(s) and the Creator. That demonstrates strong and mutual relationship!

  29. The Purpose of Prayer
    A popular conception of prayer is that if we have Faith in God, pray diligently and if the cause we are praying for is a righteous one (like the health of another person)

    We turn to prayer because it is the most personal way to experience God, to encounter Him and to grow in knowledge of Him.

  30. What’s the point in your children asking you for things they need if you already know they need it?
    Why do you expect them to depend on you and not go to the neighbor’s house and call that guy father?

  31. Well, we have biblical examples of people praying and changing God’s mind, as absurd as it sounds! Elijah prayed for drought, and drought came. He prayed for rain, and then it rained. Abraham literally just straight up negotiated with God to save Sodom (he revised the number a few times and still failed though, a reflection of how bad Sodom was). Note Matthew 6:8 where, before the Lord’s prayer, Jesus said that God knows what we need before we ask. He then proceeds to say “This, then, is how you should pray” – implying that even if God knows, we should still pray!!

  32. He has ordained that the prayers of his people should be a means to achieve his ends, not to mention we’re directly commanded to pray. So the point of praying, like everything else is ultimately to glorify God

  33. Let me just give you an insight for you to figure it out. For instance in your own personal life; given that you are the head of the family, that you provided everything for your wife and your children’s needs everyday, even if they don’t ask you, you provided them their food, clothings and shelter and everything that you thought was best for them . But at the end of the day you never heard anything from them, knowing that they were busy talking with each other but they never talked to you or they never had a time to talk to you. Or they will never talk to you in their entire life. What would you feel? Now is there no point for them to talk to you? And for us to pray to God who is our creator?

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