If God is all powerful then why do we need to pray?
No, God does not need our permission but He is just, and His word does not return void. If He said it, He will not break faithfulness with that which He said, for He is not a man that He should lie.
Knowing that I remind you that God created man to have “dominion” over the earth. Man forfeited that dominion to Satan in the garden, Christ came and got it back in an other garden, and then gave it back to His bride. So do you see the point here? It’s all about dominion. God gave us dominion and prayer is were you use it.
“…ye have not, because ye ask not.” – James 4:2
Know that from the beginning God wanted a family for fellowship, not servants for service. We were always meant to be His sons and daughters. So As any good Father does, He causes His children to be trained on the small things before He entrust them with rule over the greater things of His Kingdom. He allows us to (and actually commands us to) exercise authority and take dominion over spiritual things (principalities, powers, and rulers in dark places) in this small earthly realm so that He can train us to one day to rule and reign with Christ in grand Heavenly places.
“Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” – 1 Corinthians 6:3
“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” – Matthew 25:23
This life is your training ground, your class room, your job interview for eternity. Don’t skip class, don’t be found sleeping on the training ground, don’t take the interview lightly. The only thing that really matters in this life is how seriously you took it’s ability to position you for eternity.
So yes God can do it all by Himself, but He doesn’t want to. That’s why He created you. So do what you were created to do. Pray. Pray so that you can fellowship with Him, pray so that you can be taught by Him, and pray so that you can exercise the authority and dominion granted to you by Him. Pray, because prayer proves faith and faith pleases God. Pray because anything less is not just lazy, it is rebellion against your Fathers instructions. Pray because it’s your mandate. But most of all, pray because it’s your privilege.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)” – 2 Corinthians 10:4
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6