What is the point of prayer if God is all-knowing? Fr. Matt Libra looks back about a man, who during open intentions at mass, would ask God for a decent place to live, a job to support himself and his family, and a summer home with two jet skis. Should we really ask for two jet skis at mass? Some might say, “Yeah, our prayer is something that is supposed to change God’s mind.” And, what about having a loved one close to death and suffering tremendously? We don’t want to see this suffering so we pray to God and ask Him to change His mind for all the terrible things that are happening in this world. This is the point of prayer, right? No. If you really want to know what prayer is about, look to what Jesus taught us: He said, “Our Father hallowed be thy name. THY kingdom come. THY will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” In other words, ask for God’s will to be done in our life. We’re not asking for God’s will to change our will. We’re asking for God to help change our will to accord more with His – which is perfect. His will is what’s going to lead us to truth, beauty, love, healing and peace. Even if there is suffering and difficulty in this life, and even if we don’t get what we want, because God is all knowing, He knows exactly what we need. So, what is the point of prayer if God is all knowing? To ask God to make our will more like His will – to make our will holy as His is holy.
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