I am often told that when we pray to God we should pray out loud. At first I never could understand why that was the case, I mean, God is all-knowing, He knows us better than we know ourselves, so surely God knows what’s on our minds. Why should we pray aloud?
Well recently, I’ve been reading a book titled The Shack by Wm. Paul Young, and I think that i’ve found the answer to my question there.
As much as God is an all-knowing God, God is also an all-loving God. He loves us so much that He respects and honors the relationship we have with Him, and to do so, He has chosen to limit Himself with regards to what He knows about us. Confused? Let me clarify. What I mean to say is that:
He has limited Himself out of respect for us. He is not bringing to mind His knowledge of us. As He is listening to our prayers and stories out loud, it is as if it is the fist time He has known about it. He does this because it gives Him great delight to see our knowledge, our world, through His eyes. This is the same reason as to why we don’t play a game or color a picture with a child to show our superiority (paraphrased from chp7).
So you see, even though God knows every single thing that we think off, He still wants us to talk with Him as if we’re talking to any other human because He finds pleasure in such a simple task. Shall we please God even more from now on? ;]