“Stan,” I said on morning, “I have a question about prayer.”
“What do you have?” he responded.
“It’s a big one,” I replied, “and it kind of embarrasses me to ask, but why should I pray if God already knows everything? What’s the point?”
“Interesting question,” Stan said. “Don’t be embarrassed by it. I dealt with the same question some time ago and actually asked God why I should be praying when He already knew what was on my heart and mind.”
“What did He say?” I asked.
“At first, He didn’t say anything,” Stan responded. “He just handed me some mental duct tape and then said, ‘Here, this will help.’”
“Mental duct tape?”
“In essence, God was saying that I was talking too much in my prayers and it was important for me to stop talking and listen. To be blunt, He told me to put some of that over my mouth.”
Continuing, Stan then said, “God made it real clear to me that He already knew all about what was going on in my life so I didn’t need to tell Him. He knows what is on my heart. What He wants is for me to know what is on His heart.”
“The reason for me to pray, and the reason for you to pray, is to know God and His heart. And that knowledge only comes from being quiet and listening.”
“Mental duct tape is for me a great way to keep me focused on what is and what is not important in my prayers. It helps keep me quiet so I can hear what is really important.”
“And,” Stan concluded, with a smile, “don’t forget what I have already mentioned countless times that knowing God is what eternal life is all about, and that prayer is the perfect step in the direction of knowing Him.”
“That, my friend, is the reason to pray!”
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you allow me to come before you in prayer. You know my tendency to go on and on about what is happening in my life and what I want, rather than focusing on what you want. Please forgive me for all of my self-focused prayers. Please, Lord, help me in wanting only to seek you and what is on your heart. Help me to be silent so I can hear you. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.