Why Pray When God Already Knows What You Need?


Are you thinking sometimes God plays dumb when you are obviously in need and he does nothing about it? He sees, right? The all-knowing God certainly knows when there is lack on your horizon. Then why doesn't he do something without your pressing him with requests? Let me give you a little glimpse into a father's heart...

I remember one time when I was a kid I had a pair of sneakers that were old and holes started appearing near the toes. I would purposely look down at my old shoes while my dad was looking. My hope of course, was that he too, would look down and notice my worn out shoes. He did. But he never said a peep about them. He let me wear those things week after week until the holes became so big that my socks got drenched when I walked in the rain.

Speaking Up

Eventually, I had enough silence. I went up to my dad and said, "Dad, have you noticed that I need new shoes?" He said, "Yep.” I said, "Well, when are you going to get me new ones?" He said, "When you ask." Lesson learned. My dad wanted to be asked.

I don't know why that was so important to my dad. Maybe so I could establish a feeling of dependency on him. Had he taken me to the store without my asking for new shoes, I may not have felt how humbling it was to be reliant on him.

Aware vs. Involved

Whatever the case, my dad just preferred to be asked. That's all I needed to know. From then on, when I needed something I wasn't bashful about it. I went up to him boldly and stated my case. And he walked away loving the idea that he could give me something I needed.

Why pray? Because God likes to be asked.

So go with it...


So now that you know God is aware of your need, ask him to get involved in your need. That may be the only reason he has waited!

Here are a couple of prayer-starters to get you going:

▪ Father, I know you already see that I need _____________. I know you are aware of my need, but now I ask you to get involved. Please supply__________________ according to your riches in glory. I am making an effort to seek your kingdom first and as I do, your Word says that everything else that I need will be taken care of. Thank you for that. Thank you for seeing what I lack and thank you for going to work on my behalf to provide it. In Jesus Name, Amen.

▪ Father, I thank you that you do see what I need. And you know what I need before I even ask. It's kinda crazy that you want me to ask you to intervene in situations you are already aware, but right now I ask for your involvement. I ask that you help me with this situation regarding _________________. I don't know what to do about it, but you do. Your word says that you will guide me and direct my steps. Lord, I'm calling on you and your Word says you will answer me and tell me great and unsearchable things I do not know. I am asking that you show me how to handle this the way you would want me to handle it. In Jesus Name, Amen. Thank you God, I give you the honor and praise!

Have you ever wondered why you have to ask for something God already knows you need? How do you handle it? Let us know in the comment section.

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  1. janet eades says:

    What if it is not a NEED but a DESIRE. If we don’t get what we desire are we guarenteed according to God’s word to get more than we ask or think or something better?

    • Dr. Linda Travelute says:

      Great question Janet! If it’s a true need then God will supply. I love the verse in Matthew 6 that indicate when we seek first the kingdom of God, all these things (our needs) will be given to us. But sometimes our idea of a need is not God’s idea of a need! That’s why it’s important to be in God’s Word daily so we can discern his will and what he wants for us. He does say he will give us the desires of our heart. The key is – do our desires match his? If he put the desire there, then yes, we will receive above and beyond what we could ever ask for or imagine!

      • Isn’t our God amazing? We think of sircafice as giving up good stuff for God when what God REALLY wants, is all the BAD stuff we try to manage on our own! We think of God as deserving our very best (and he does!) and how we lay that on the altar-our time, our giftings, our abilities as an act of worship to Him. What blows my mind is that God asks me to give him my anger, my bitterness, my selfish desires and all the things that are unholy and corrupted on that very same altar. If someone gave me a bag of cr*p I’d hardly be happy and yet our God asks for just that-our bag of cr*p!!

      • Always the best cneontt from these prodigious writers.