The Hiddenness of Prayer


Prayer is a most amazing and mysterious thing to me. And, one of the verses on prayer that both encourages me and puzzles me at the same time, contains the very words of our Savior. They are found in Matthew 6:8, “Therefore do not be like the (like the heathens). For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”

I have always asked myself, “What is the sense in praying if the Lord already knows what we need?” I have meditated on this verse and come to some conclusions on what it means. However, I recently read a chapter in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, The Cost of Discipleship, that spoke more clearly on this subject than I have ever heard. It stirred my heart deeply and shed light not only on this verse, but on the whole subject of prayer in general.

I would encourage you to take some time to prayerfully and contemplatively read this chapter, which you can find by clicking here: The Hiddenness of Prayer, Bonhoeffer. I have read it a few times already, and it is one of those readings that I will read and contemplate over and over and over again. It provides much inspiration and insight into this marvelous and precious gift of prayer. I hope and pray, with confidence, that you will be blessed by it…many times over.