Now that’s a very good question and one worth looking at.
Yes, God does know everything and since He does, we don’t need to rehearse and rehash our problems to Him in prayer. Doing that usually leads to complaining about the issues and the devil, none of which are actually prayer. God doesn’t need to hear how the devil is harassing you or annoying you. What He wants to hear is how you’re going to believe His Word and get results. If you only speak the problem, you actually establish the problem and not the solution. That’s not what you want to do.
Which brings me to the reason we pray: to change things and praise and thank God for His goodness. We don’t pray to change God because God doesn’t need changing. We pray to change things. We have been give dominion over this earth and we are to subdue it in the Name of Jesus. Everything here is temporary and we are to change it with the Word of God. Since everything was created by the Word of God, it’s still subject to the Word of God and can be changed by the Word.
Genesis 1:28 (KJV) 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (KJV) 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Philippians 2:9-10 (KJV) 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a [the]name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Even though there are different kinds of prayer, one size does not fit all! There are laws governing how to pray and we need to line up with them if we want God’s results. Nevertheless, in all of them, there’s a God-part and a man-part. God has already done His part by providing everything we’ll ever need on planet to live victoriously. That’s His part and He’s done it superbly.
Our part is to learn how to receive what He’s already given and provided. That’s our part. The way we do this is to seek God about the solution in His Word, find those scriptures, and stand on them. The good part is that He always backs up His Word.
2 Chronicles 16:9a (KJV)
9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
You see, God is looking throughout the whole earth to find someone who will speak His Word so that He has access to your life and then can move on His Word to cause it to come to pass. But – you must speak His Word because it’s His Word that He backs up and He will never override your free will and do any ol’ thing in spite of you or without your cooperation. That’s why we must speak His Word so that we give Him something to work with.
The devil is out there just waiting to override your free will. He’ll jump at every chance he gets. That’s why it’s so imperative that we close all doors to him. He cannot do anything without our consent and cooperation. Sadly, we can give that to him through sin and ignorance. Stay alert and stay out of trouble.
Jeremiah 1:12 (AMP) 12 Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.
Philippians 4:6 (KJV) 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Since God tells us to make our requests known to Him, then that’s what we need to do. And, get this, He actually enjoys answering our prayers. We’re not a burden to Him. He delights in us because He’s our Heavenly Father and loves us with an unconditional love because He is love. He doesn’t just have love, He is love!
1 John 4:8b (KJV) 8 … for God is love.
That’s why God can love the unlovely – that’s us – because it’s not based on us, it’s based on Him, Who is love!
Isaiah 55:11 (KJV) 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
All prayer requires faith because God is a faith God and we come to Him in faith believing He is God and rewards those who are seeking Him. That’s when we get God’s results when we pray. Praise the Lord of Glory!
Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Mark 11:22-24 (KJV) 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Luke 17:6 (KJV) 6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.