Why ask for God's help?

Getting to the heart of prayer

NEAR THE END of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his listeners, "Ask, and it shall be given you" (Matt. 7:7).Yet earlier in this sermon, Jesus said something else about asking, something rather surprising in view of this later comment. It was "...your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him" (Matt. 6:8). Why, then, is there any need for us to ask?

To me, it seems that this asking must be something deeper than it first appears. In order to determine what this might be, I have found much help in what the Bible describes of Jesus' healings and prayers.

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