Prayer: The Key to Everything

Prayer is the key that unlocks all the treasures of the Kingdom of God. It is a key that He has placed in your hand and invited you to use. Prayer is the conduit through which all the power and provision of God flows.

God wants our hearts

One of the questions people often have about prayer is: “If God knows what I need, why do I need to ask Him for it?” Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 that we do not need to worry about things because the Father knows everything we need (Matt. 6:31–32). He says in Matthew 6:8, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Yet, He teaches us to pray, “Give us today our daily bread” (Matt. 6:9).

Don’t you find that interesting? Jesus assures us that God knows everything we need, yet tells us to ask Him for it. God has set things up so that prayer releases into our lives what He knows we need and wants to give us.

It’s simple for God to meet your needs. Everything in the universe is His. Everything is at His command. It would be easy for God to do for you and provide for you everything you need without waiting for you to ask. But that is not how He has structured it.

God loves you and desires to live in intimacy with you.

Prayer is more than the words you say that come sandwiched between “Dear God” and “Amen.”

Prayer is an openness to and awareness of His presence and His power in your life. He wants you to live in the experience of His love for you.

Imagine what it might be like if God met your needs without engaging you in the process. You would never recognize His provision. It would seem to you to be coincidence or “just the way things are.” But because you have the privilege of seeing Him meet your needs in response to prayer, you experience Him. You see how He provides for you even in the smallest details.

In asking, you are recognizing the Source of everything. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:16–18). God tells you to ask for what you need because this interaction keeps you aware that, no matter what avenue of supply He chooses to make use of, He is the source.

Sometimes God is waiting for you to ask because, until you see your need, you will not recognize His supply. He waits until the need is real to you. He waits until you have come to the end of your own resources; until you have tried everything you know to try. He waits for you to turn to Him as the one and only Source.

For your reflection:

How do you experience God’s care for you through His answers to prayer?

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About Jennifer Kennedy Dean

Jennifer Kennedy Dean is executive director of The Praying Life Foundation and a respected author and speaker. She is the author of numerous books, studies, and magazine articles specializing in prayer and spiritual formation. Her book, Heart’s Cry, has been […]

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Comments

  1. I never lose the need to be reminded of the importance of prayer and connection with the only One who can provide what I need most. Excited to see this blog begin.

  2. This is excellent! It is a mirror of the perfect parent, who knows your needs but is not enabling you, but wants a relationship with you. His knowing and response is a testament to His love for us. And His waiting for our communication is His desire for our love.

  3. Thank you Jennifer for sharing this! I do want to recognize God's provision in my life!

  4. Oh so true–and oh so powerful!

    • Tim Wesemann says:

      Rhonda – I read this and added the following comment at the link: I'm not the kind to make negative comments – I appreciate your ministry and the ministry of Faithlife, but something bothered me a bit. You wrote, "Prayer is the key that unlocks all the treasures of the Kingdom of God. It is a key that He has placed in your hand and invited you to use. Prayer is the conduit through which all the power and provision of God flows." Isn't Jesus the key that unlocks all the treasures of the Kingdom of God and the conduit through which all the power and provision of God flows? Again, I'm not trying to be negative and maybe I shouldn't have read this since I'm a man, 🙂 but it was a concern. Thanks for letting me share.

  5. Tim Wesemann says:

    I'm not the kind to make negative comments – I appreciate your ministry and the ministry of Faithlife, but something bothered me a bit. You wrote, "Prayer is the key that unlocks all the treasures of the Kingdom of God. It is a key that He has placed in your hand and invited you to use. Prayer is the conduit through which all the power and provision of God flows." Isn't Jesus the key that unlocks all the treasures of the Kingdom of God and the conduit through which all the power and provision of God flows? Again, I'm not trying to be negative and maybe I shouldn't have read this since I'm a man, 🙂 but it was a concern. Thanks for letting me share.

  6. Myra Martin says:

    Jesus prayed- He set the example of bowing before Our Heavenly Father- Prayer is certainly a pointed action and His Spirit woos us to bow low! I know no other precious-precise-powerful action than prayer. We all know God is at work- so why not join in the part of the action and pray! He gives us the desires of our hearts- He cares for us beyond what we think we need and blows our minds as He tends to our "Heart Needs!" Always excited to read the bold words on prayer by Jennifer Kennedy Dean!

  7. Let us pray for each other.

  8. Thanks Helena…. reading this did help as you know I am eager to get direct word out of Ghana… We will trust God… even as our brothers and sisters seem to suffer so much… God knows!

  9. Amen my brother. Let us keep on praying!!!

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