This morning, I read in Matthew 6:8 where Jesus insists that “your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” A chapter later, Jesus talks about the things we worry over, and he claims, “your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”
He already knows. He knows before we know.
I consider the simple truth that God already knows what I need before I ask. It occurs to me that–instead of spouting off my list of what I think I need today–I might instead seek God’s foreknowledge. I might ask the Holy Spirit to fill that list. I might ask what God thinks I need first.
I realize that I actually don’t often know what I need. I think I do, but I don’t.
Like the child screaming in the high chair who tosses her head about and bangs her fists in frustration, I don’t know what I need. I can’t even articulate it if I did know. The loving parent swoops in, discerns the real need, and responds.
What do I need? I ask before I cry out.
Isn’t it such a comfort to know that God already knows?