Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
– Matthew 6:8 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible
Contrasting the prayers of the religious leaders of the day with the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus challenges all of us with this statement. If God already knows what we need, why should we pray? Jesus reminds us that we shouldn’t come before God with a laundry list. Prayer cultivates trust in God, it creates a place of fellowship with God, and it makes us available to partner with God to change the world around us. We serve a mighty God; let Him guide you.