“... Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:8 NIV
If you listen to Christian radio, you’ve probably heard the song by Jeremy Camp, titled “He Knows.” It’s about how God knows everything we are going through—all the struggles, tears, hurts, and pain—and He’s walking right beside us.
In life, I often mask my hurts and struggles with a smile or an “I’m fine” when someone asks how my day is going. It’s not that I want to appear perfect, but it can be difficult to dwell on the hardships and easier sometimes just to roll along with life and pretend I’m swimming, even when I feel like I’m sinking.
What a comfort it is, then, to read the Bible and listen to this song, and be reminded that the world might not have any idea what we are going through, but God does—and He is with us. We are never alone.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus shares with His disciples that they don’t need to worry about being showy or elaborate with their prayers to God. We don’t need to verbalize our pain, our fears, our hopes, or our needs. We just need to turn our hearts toward Him, cry out in our souls, and know He is Lord. He will be there.
In Matthew 6:5-8, Jesus tells the disciples, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (NIV).
The apostle Paul reminds us of this in his letter to the early church in Rome, noting, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27).
If you’re having one of those days when the prayers falter on your lips, when you can’t even eloquently summarize the fears and vulnerabilities of your heart, take heart. You don’t have to.
Just look to God and rest in the knowledge that He knows, and He’ll cover everything.
If you’d like to watch the YouTube video for “He Knows,” by Jeremy Camp, click here: