New Living Translation
Don't be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!
King James Bible
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Darby Bible Translation
Be not ye therefore like them, for your Father knows of what things ye have need before ye beg anything of him.
World English Bible
Therefore don't be like them, for your Father knows what things you need, before you ask him.
Young's Literal Translation
be ye not therefore like to them, for your Father doth know those things that ye have need of before your asking him;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
6:8 Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of - We do not pray to inform God of our wants. Omniscient as he is, he cannot be informed of any thing which he knew not before: and he is always willing to relieve them. The chief thing wanting is, a fit disposition on our part to receive his grace and blessing. Consequently, one great office of prayer is, to produce such a disposition in us: to exercise our dependence on God; to increase our desire of the things we ask for; to us so sensible of our wants, that we may never cease wrestling till we have prevailed for the blessing.
LibraryFebruary 12. "But Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, and his Righteousness, and all These Things Shall be Added unto You" (Matt. vi. 33).
"But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matt. vi. 33). For every heart that is seeking anything from the Lord this is a good watchword. That very thing, or the desire for it, may unconsciously separate you from the Lord, or at least from the singleness of your purpose unto Him. The thing we desire may be a right thing, but we may desire it in a distrusting and selfish spirit. Let us commit it to Him, and not cease to believe for …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
Consider the Lilies of the Field
'Thy Kingdom Come'
'Thy Will be Done'
You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh.
Don't hide from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in deep trouble!
These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs.
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