“Wherefore must we pray?”

“The Father in heaven – who is omniscient – knows what they need and will give it to them.  So prayer, the purpose of which is not to exercise the tongue, does not inform or remind God of anything; it is instead worship, and it serves to cleanse the mind, purify the heart, and align one’s will with God’s will; it recalls to the supplicant who God is and what His purposes are.  Compare Chrysostom, Hom. on Mt. 19:5: ‘Wherefore must we pray? Not to instruct Him, but to prevail with Him; to be made intimate with Him, by continuance in supplication; to be humbled; to be reminded of thy sins.'”

– Dale Allison, Jr., Matthew, 1:590.  On the Lord’s model prayer for His disciples, Matthew 6:9-13.


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