Who in your life knows the most about who you are? Is it your best friend, husband, wife, mother, father, or someone else? This person knows all your quirks. Aware of your good and not-so-great character traits, they have seen you at your best and your worst. Their knowledge is a result of time invested in developing your relationship. You have shared mutual life experiences, talked things over about dreams, hopes, and beliefs. This person knows you!

But when we examine our relationships and the daily news reports, we can find examples of people acting in such a manner or committing crimes that those closest to them would call “out of character.” Family members and friends are in disbelief when faced with the reality they did not fully know the person. The truth of the matter is that no one can fully understand everything about another person. Only God knows everything about us, and He desires to have an intimate relationship with each of us. We develop our relationship with God by talking to Him in prayer.

“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” (Psalm 139:1-6, NIV)

Psalm 139 is a beautiful illustration of how well God knows us. About 7.9 billion people live in the world. According to the 2020 Census, 331,449,281 people live in the U.S. God knows everything about every one of us. The extent of God’s infinite knowledge is too much for our human minds to comprehend. But we trust and believe by faith.

We have access to God through Jesus Christ when we pray. But how often do we talk to God? Have our prayers become a quick blessing for the food that we eat or only when we have a need? Do we only ask others to pray for us instead of talking to God for ourselves? Do we talk about the state of the world instead of taking the time to pray?

How often have you told someone you will pray for them but never prayed? God is waiting to hear from you. He knows your voice and hears your prayers. So, commit now to making prayer a lifestyle. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, the Apostle Paul makes three short statements to the early church about praying, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Even in the most challenging circumstances, give God praise for who He. Prayer is essential and must be a regular discipline for the believer. Pray! Pray! Pray! Practice giving God thanks daily. I recall my parents would say, “Count your blessing, name them one by one. Count your blessings and see what the Lord has done!”

“Prayer is the most important conversation of the day. Take it to God before you take it to anyone else.” Anonymous