"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God." Philippians 4:6
One of the questions most often asked about prayer is: Why should we pray when God already knows our needs? Why tell God what He already knows or ask Him to do what He already wants to do?
Thank God we don't have to understand prayer in order to pray. Yet, there are some consistent valid questions people have concerning prayer, but these must not hinder us from relying upon it.
First, here are two reasons we don't pray:
• We don't pray to impress God. We're not heard for our "much-speaking." You don't have to use poetic language or be an amateur Shakespeare. If an earthly child can speak to an earthly father, you can speak to your Heavenly Father. We're told to cry out to Him as our "Abba" Father — literally translated, "Daddy." (Romans 8:15Galatians 4:6). We're not praying to impress Him.
• We don't pray to inform God. You can't tell God anything He doesn't know.
So if we don't pray to impress or inform God, why then do we pray?
We Pray to Invite God
It's very important to understand this: we are inviting God into our lives when we pray.
When we pray, we experience —
• Fellowship. We become "workers together with Him" (2 Corinthians 6:1). When we pray, God gives us the joy and privilege of administrating His kingdom, His affairs — working together with Him. He could do it without us. We could not do it without Him. But what a glory that God allows us the privilege of doing it with Him!
• Development. When we pray, God is growing us. Have you ever prayed and didn't receive immediately what you asked for? What did you do? You kept on praying, but you also began to search your heart and life to see if something was hindering God's answer. Many times there is. God uses prayer to grow us.
• Dependency. God never wants us to live lives independent of Him. If God just did everything for us and we never had to pray, soon we would begin to take things for granted. We would cease to depend upon God.

Prayer Binds Us (Up) to God

That's why we tell God what He already knows. He knows what we have need of before we ask, but we're definitely, specifically, unqualifiedly told to pray and to ask — not to impress or inform God, but to invite God, so that we might have that fellowship with Him, so that we might grow, and we would learn to depend upon Him.
What is it all right to pray for? Does God answer the prayers of the unsaved? Next time, we'll answer those questions.
( you may get another perspective from my previous post)

Would You Rescue 6 Millions Ants and two Fighting Tigers?

...Why God the Son Himself had to sacrifice on the cross for all our sins? Hadn't God made Himself the Cosmic Fool to become a creature to die for those tiny tiny humans He made?? 

There is no reason that He had to do so except His unfathomable love for us humans who were made in His image.

Looking from this perspective, God doesn't interfere human affairs should be the norm. Why should we demand Him to intervene?

Nevertheless, thank God that He does intervene from time to time in human history and /or our lives.

Furthermore, since God honors the " free will " He gave us, He wouldn't whimsically take it away any moment He is displeased with us humans.
You wouldn't like it at all,  if any time you want to carry out some kind of mischievous acts, God stops you from even thinking or entertaining a bad thought. You would lose your freedom that way.

All of a sudden, I have a new insight about prayers; we are inviting our Creator God to interfere in our own lives and/or others' lives--to rescue us or them... etc. That makes a lot of sense to me because "free will" is the most precious gift God gave us or else we all become only puppets with strings attached. 

Hopefully,  looking from this perspective, we may appreciate more that God let the Sun shine on good people and bad people.

Besides, according to God's holy standard, no one is sinless or good enough to be regarded "good" in His sight.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

  1. Great insight on prayer.... with our invitation, God intervenes without violating our freewill!
    Thank you!
  2. Dear Dio:

    Thank you so much for your comment. Indeed, you have summed up my new insight about prayers in one sentence!