In Mark 9:33-35, Jesus has an interesting interaction with His apostles. It says: “And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house, he asked them, ‘What were you discussing on the way?’ But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, ‘If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.’”
There are a few things about this passage that really jumped out at me. First, when Jesus asks his Apostles what they were talking about, they were ashamed to answer. They knew that their discussion, while not inherently wrong or evil, was contrary to Jesus’ will for their life and ministry.
Second, Jesus knew the answer to the question without having to hear it from the apostles.Jesus was always God. He took on a human nature without giving up his fully Divine nature. As such, Jesus was all-knowing when He asked this question.
Finally, Jesus answered the question that they never asked. However, true to His nature, Jesus takes the answer that the world expects, and turns it on its head: those that seek greatness must instead pursue humility.
The big take away I see in all this, is that God doesn’t need us to talk to Him, but he wants us to. Prayer is an amazing gift. The King of the universe allows us to come into His presence and discuss our problems, questions, and needs with Him. He does so without shaming us, and truly cares about our needs. Our God truly is an awesome God!