What Prayer Is All About

If we spend time talking with the Lord each day, our relationship with Him will grow stronger.

Luke 11:5-13

When you ask a child, “What did you learn in school today?” it’s highly unlikely he or she will mention a fact you don’t already know. But you still love to listen. It’s an honor to be trusted with such attention, and being fully present and interested in the child’s life strengthens the bond you share.

The same is true of us and the Lord. In Matthew 6:8, Jesus said, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” Then you might wonder, Why would God want me to talk to Him about my needs if He already knows what they are? The answer is that it’s not about the need but the relationship prayer helps to build.

The Lord is the “friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24; John 15:15). And He desires for us to reap the blessings of seeing Him as the most important part of our life. This is what the apostle Paul was trying to tell the people of Athens in his famous sermon at Mars Hill: God “is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:27-28). It’s easy for us to lose sight of that fact, but prayer keeps us close to God and helps us to remember just how near He is.