Have you ever wondered why we even pray? The reason I ask is this: Jesus said in Matthew 6:7-8:
“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”
If God knows what we need before we ask, then why do we pray? There’s a story in Matthew 20: Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. He passed through Jericho with the whole multitude following as well. Two blind men heard and didn’t want to miss their opportunity so they called out to Jesus. Even with the discouragement from the crowd, they didn’t let it get to them and cried even more until Jesus called them. Standing before Jesus, He asked them in verse 32:
“What will ye that I shall do unto you?”
Wait, hold up! Jesus could see that they were blind and I think that will be what jumps out but He still asks what they would have Him do for them. Hmm, blank cheque. What if they had said, “Give us alms”? That’s all they would have gotten!
This calls for reflection. You receive what you expect. There’s a blank cheque available for us with God, are we asking for alms?
Food for thought:
Jeremiah 32:27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”
“Expectation is the mother of manifestation”
Note about the quote: I have heard this said by Bishop David Oyedepo but I’m uncertain if he’s the author