This is the $64,000 question – Why do we pray? God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and His will prevails for our good, so why do we need to pray? Can’t we just trust He will do what is best for us? Doesn’t His word say He is blessing us, protecting us, and making a way for us? Why does He need my prayer? It seems like He’s already got our lives all lined out just like He wants them to be…so why does He need me to pray about it all?
There are multiple answers to this question. However, today I want us to look at just one – God tells us to pray. Throughout His word, we are commanded to pray. Jesus himself prayed. He prayed so earnestly he sweat drops of blood – now that is some serious prayer! So, if we put aside all of our questions and doubts about prayer, and just focus on God’s commands, we should live a prayer centered life.
The next time someone questions your dedication and focus on prayer (or maybe the next time you have doubts about it) remind yourself God wants and expects you to pray. No question about it. It’s not just a matter of belief, it’s a matter of obedience. If we love God, we keep his commandments. He commands us to pray, so we do – pretty simple (at least in theory…).
Of course, we are filled with many other questions about why we pray, and we will look at these too. For today, let’s just focus on being obedient to God. He wants us to pray, so let’s do just that. Find the time, find your spot, and talk to God. The all-mighty creator of the universe is bending down to listen to you today and every day. Be obedient to Him today and pray.
The Bible is filled with scriptures on prayer. This one is pretty straight forward: “Never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17, NLT
Father God, prayer is such a privilege and an honor. Help us learn to treat it as the gift You meant it to be for us. Help us to learn to prioritize our time and and our responsibilities and make prayer a daily part of our lives. Help us to grow in our our prayer lives and become so comfortable with prayer that we live in a continuous state of praying in our hearts and in our spirits. Help us to be obedient to you through our prayers. We live to serve You. In Jesus’ holy name we pray, Amen.
The Bible is filled with stories of men and women who prayed, trusted God, and witnessed God’s amazing answers! If you need encouragement on why you should pray or on how you should pray, I suggest you pick up the Word. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, there are seemingly countless scriptures on prayers being offered up, prayers being answered, and lives being forever changed. Do you have a favorite passage from the Bible on prayer? I have so many, but one that will always be a favorite is found in Luke 1:45 – 55. Mary prays a beautiful prayer full of faith and hope as she awaits the birth of Jesus. Seek out Godly examples of prayer. Continue to incorporate scriptures in your prayer, and mostly importantly, be obedient to God and pray.