There is a point in a child’s development when the child’s minds seems shaped like a question mark — every sentence begins with “why”. The answers seem only to raise more questions. Most parents understand that although it is important to attempt an answer, often the answer is irrelevant. For little children, what is most important is the act of questioning itself because children’s questions are more than a request for information. Their questions are an act of affection, of communion, and of trusting.
In a healthy family, children’s questions are not about answers — their questions are about relationship. Children intuitively know their questions are welcome, appreciated. Safe. And not only are children’s questions welcome, but they are welcome. In a welcoming environment where questions are safe, children are infected with curiosity — a fascination with truth, an unrelenting hunger to know and be known, to capture and be captured, to touch and be touched. When these children finally fall asleep at night, they are secure in the knowledge that the one who loves them is bigger than all their questions, they can sleep deeply, knowing they are safe in the arms of the Keeper of their questions. ~ Michael Yaconnelli
This is how I see asking questions of our Father. For us, just like with children, what is most important is the act of questioning itself because our questions are more than a request for information. Our questions are an act of affection, of communion, and of trusting. Our questions are not about answers — our questions are about relationship.
I believe in the God of the 3 O’s:
* Omniscience – all-knowing
* Omnipresence – all-present
* Omnipotence – all-powerful
When I pray, it’s not as if I’m not giving God any news.
He Who made my heart, knows my heart. He knows my questions before I ask them. He knows them before I know them.
When I pray, I’m longing to know and be known, to capture and be captured, to touch and be touched.
When I ask questions of God, I’m not giving Him insight into my heart. He’s already there. I can’t tell Him anything that He doesn’t already know about me.
But if we talk much, He gives me insight into my heart, telling me things that I didn’t already know about me.