Sing along with me… a familiar verse from “Santa Claus is coming to town.” Come on, you know it.
He sees you when you’re sleeping.
He knows when you’re awake.
He knows when you’ve been bad or good –
so be good for goodness sake.
You may not be aware that these words are almost the exact truth of the Psalm from today’s Navigator’s tool “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God.”
As we go to prayer and worship the Father we should never forget that He is indeed an all-knowing God.
quoting from the Navigator tool:
God is omniscient.
This means God is all-knowing. God’s knowledge encompasses every possible thing that exists, has ever existed, or will ever exist. Nothing is a mystery to Him.
O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. Psalm 139:1–6
God knows everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen. The Lord knows how it all fits. He knows when the smallest bird falls from the sky – He certainly knows the details of our lives.
What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. Matthew 10:29 (NLT)
Think of that for a moment. Before you even begin to pray, God knows what you need. He also knows what you’re going to pray. He knows it all.
Why does a God who knows everything tell us to bring all our requests to Him?
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
“So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Matthew 6:8
I think that when we order our thoughts to pray, we think organize our priorities and put our needs in perspective… we think through our relationship with God. Bringing our thoughts together in this way is a crucial part of our worship.
We know He knows but we know that bringing our prayers to Him in an orderly fashion helps us. I like to use the organizational tool of C.A.T.S.
Confession – of the sins He knows we’ve committed and yet is still willing to forgive them.
Adoration – to a God who, although He knows our worst secrets, He is still willing to have a relationship with us.
Thanksgiving – for the fact that although He knows absolutely everything about us, He still loved us enough to send His Son to die for us.
Supplication – that, although He already knows what we need, He allows us to bring the smallest concern and worry to Him in humble request.
What an amazing, all-knowing God He is. Our lives appear to us as a giant puzzle of problems, hurts, concerns, needs, disasters, failures, and occasional joys… But God in His knowing, understands how all the pieces fit together. Knowing that about Him is amazing… Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
Think about it.