“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7
We pray because…
- it’s God’s established way of communicating and communing with us [seen all throughout scripture]
- we are called to pray and pray about everything about everything [Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18].
- it’s how we talk to God as we are His children and in a Father, child relationship with Him. Even Jesus prayed [Matthew 14:23].
- it’s how God moves and changes things on the earth [seen all throughout scripture. God didn’t move or change things UNTIL His people prayed; 1 Samuel 7:9; 2 Corinthians 1:10-12].
- through it we subdue darkness and the works of the enemy in our lives and for those whom we pray for [Ephesians 6:12; Mark 16:17-19].
- Jesus prayed and ALWAYS lives to pray for us [Hebrews 7:25].
- it continually causes us to acknowledge our childlike dependence on God [Matthew 18:1-5].
- answered prayer encourages our faith and the faith of others [Revelations 12:11].
- waiting on the answer to our prayers trains our faith, refines us, and teaches us to wait on, depend on, and trust in God and His timing, knowing and believing He has a good plan for our lives because He knows and sees all [Jeremiah 29:11-13].
- it draws us into a closer and more personal and intimate relationship with the Father [James 4:8].
- there are too many verses to list that demonstrate its importance to God, a God that loves to hear from us, have a relationship us, allows us to reason with Him, and so much more [Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 43:26; Genesis 18:20-33]
We are called to pray for many reasons. Prayer is a gift from a loving, merciful, and compassionate Father God who longs for us to know Him in a real and personal way, and getting there happens through prayer (talking to him, petitioning and asking for His help, reasoning with Him to change circumstances, praying for others and about situations and injustices in the world, etc.).
Not only are we His beloved children whom He loves to be in relationship with, but He uses us to change the spiritual atmosphere and even the eternal destinies of others through OUR prayers on behalf of the lost. Incredible – just like Him!
Be praying people.
Lord, remind us continually of the importance of prayer for we need You to keep us in all ways. Draw us to You. Cause us to desire Your ways, including and serious and regular prayer life where we can pour ourselves out to You – good and bad, get to know You more, pray for others, and pray for the enemy of our souls to be subdued in situations as You bring them to our attention and in our lives. It’s in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11-13