Before We Even Ask

In Matthew 6, when Jesus is teaching his disciples how to pray, he provides them with some really encouraging pre-prayer information, saying, “Your Father in heaven knows what you need even before you ask.” There are a number of implications for this:

  1. We do not pray to a far away, detached God, but to our “Father” who loves us dearly.
  2. There is a difference between needs and wants.
  3. The Father knows what we need (even if we think we know what we need).
  4. What I think I need, may only be a want.
  5. Nothing that we need takes the Father by surprise.
  6. He is eager to provide us with what we need.
  7. He answers our prayers based on what we need, not what we think we need.
  8. Jesus said that there really is only one thing that we absolutely need, and he has already provided that for us through his death and resurrection. In other words, my great need is to live by grace in union with God through Jesus as I walk by the Spirit.
  9. Knowing this is how we are able to pray “your will be done” (and not my will be done).