Prayer

The importance of daily prayer

When we pray, we are essentially having a conversation with God.  It’s analogous to reaching out to your best friend to talk about what’s been happening in your life.  Yes, God is ‘all-knowing’ and already knows our troubles and concerns, but he longs to hear our prayers regardless.  Ultimately, relationships fail if there’s a lack of communication between two people on a regular basis.  Praying to God is no different.

We are all God’s children

As God’s children, we naturally desire to live our lives according to God’s glory.  With that being said, God will be bring us joy as we build upon our relationship with him.  Furthermore, by turning to God in prayer, we are displaying the utmost respect and admiration for him.

Is prayer really necessary?

Undoubtedly, God knows what’s troubling our hearts, so what’s the point in praying right?  Not to mention, he already knows my future path and whatever I’m asking for has already been predetermined for my life.  Fortunately, having this understanding that God is immutable (never changes) and omniscient (all-knowing) is what draws us to him.  God is capable of absolutely everything imaginable and then some.  There is no other source available to us that can bring about a true miracle in our lives.

Does the Bible tell us that we should pray?

Very early in the Bible, prayer is encouraged among the people.  According to Genesis 4:26 which states, “And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos:  then began men to CALL upon the name of the Lord.”  Seth (Adam and Eve’s son) had a flawless relationship with God prior to the sin his parents committed in the Garden of Eden.  After the sin of eating the forbidden fruit, man had to verbally call upon the Lord in order to obtain guidance and direction in their lives.  From this point forward, praying was a necessity to show obedience to God and therefore, put complete trust in him.

Demonstrating one’s faith with prayer

By praying to God, we surrender all our fears and doubts to him.  We put all our troubles into his hands, so to speak.  This demonstration of faith that God will hear and answer our prayer is what differentiates us from succumbing to a more secular (non-religious) belief system.  Basically, we are turning our backs on the world in which we live in and in turn, looking up to God.

Does the Bible encourage prayer?

There are many Bible verses that promote prayer for God’s people.  Some examples include:  Matthew 5:44, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and PRAY for them which despite fully use you, and persecute you,” Jeremiah 29:12, “Then shall ye CALL upon me, and ye shall go and PRAY unto me, and I will hearken unto you,” and Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

In addition, in the Bible, God makes deliberate requests that we take time to pray.  These examples include:  Mark 13:33, “Take ye heed, watch and PRAY:  for ye know not when the time is,” Luke 18:1, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to PRAY, and not to faint,” Ephesians 6:18, “PRAYING always with all PRAYER and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints,” Romans 12:12, “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in PRAYER,” Colossians 4:2, “Continue in PRAYER, and watch in the same with thanksgiving,” 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “PRAY without ceasing,” and 1 Timothy 2:8, “I will therefore that men PRAY everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”

Do prayers really get answered?

The actual power of prayer does not come from the prayer itself.  Rather, it comes from knowing that we are talking to an omniscient God with ultimate authority over our lives.  In turn, when God responds to our prayers, we are overwhelmed by the magnitude of his supreme power.  Every time we pray, our connection to God grows deeper and we receive the reassurance that he is there to ease our burdens.  We can be comforted knowing that God’s presence in our lives is unyielding and steadfast.  Personally, I do believe that miracles happen and God is behind every single one of them!

Consider these Bible verses when seeking out God in prayer:  John 14:14, “If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it,” 1 John 5:14, ” And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us, ” and Luke 11:9, “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

Prayer is our door to God and he always answers our knock….

Here’s a synopsis of why daily prayer is so important.  Here’s to living your best life ever!

 

 

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