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So why should we pray if God already knows the answer?

Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. Genesis 24:15

Prayer is not to alert God to a need. Prayer is to remind us who is in charge and that He is working actively in our lives.

In the story of Rebekah, Isaac sent his servant to find him a wife from his family or people group. The servant started praying, but as he was praying, Rebekah stepped out as if on cue. God already had Rebekah picked out, so why did the servant need to pray?

The prayer and the answer of the prayer confirmed to those involved that God was in this situation. If the servant had not prayed, he would have attributed the situation to luck or coincidence. This confirmation helped the servant and others to know that God answers prayer.

When our prayers are answered, others see God involved. Because of the servant’s prayer story, Bethuel and Laban (Rebekah’s family) both agreed God wanted Rebekah to go with the servant and marry Isaac. Our testimony of prayer speaks to those around us and helps to bring them closer to God.

Prayer gives us reassurance and connects us with God when we see our prayers answered. Prayer is more for us to increase our faith and to point the glory to God.  It reminds us who is in charge.

God knows the answer to our prayers.  Prayer reminds us who has all the answers.