Lord, you have examined me and know all about me. You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them. You know where I go and where I lie down. You know everything I do. Lord, even before I say a word, you already know it. You are all around me—in front and in back— and have put your hand on me.
Your knowledge is amazing to me; it is more than I can understand.
Whenever I hear this passage, one phrase stands out to me.
You know my thoughts before I think them.
If God already knows my thoughts before I think them, then why do I need to pray? Why ask for anything when He already knows what I am going to ask. Why bother? Why go through the motions?
Because God wants to hear us ask. He wants to have an open dialogue with us. He wants us to have a personal relationship with Him.
When you have a personal relationship with someone, there are times when you already know what they are thinking and what, in certain situations, they will say. Yet, don’t you still want to hear the words? The words of praise, love, appreciation and even disagreement.
Why would God be any different?
God wants you to speak with Him, ask of Him, appreciate Him and all that He gives to us
daily. He doesn’t “need” for us to speak those words; God desires it.
So, even though He already knows what is on your mind, talk with Him anyway. Give thanks, ask for intentions and just have that conversation.
Ask and you shall receive – even though He already knows…