Why Pray?

by | Mar 21, 2024

Prayer is easily seen as one of the things we need to do but not always as the most important thing we need to do. Why pray? Prayer is how we partner with God to see heaven’s will happen on earth. We must pray always. 

I was discouraged about praying because my prayer requests were not being answered. One of them was about my Single but in a Relationship with God books being lost in Indonesia after sending them to my aunt. 

The books were supposed to go to a few important people there. I prayed but after 2 weeks, I heard that they unfortunately couldn’t be found. This discouraged me to keep praying for that and many other things.

One month went by and God reminded me of the power of prayer so I prayed with faith once again for those books to be found.

My aunt then got back to me the same week I prayed again with faith and told me the books were found! I was reminded of the importance to pray always and on all occasions.

Paul in Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.“ God also tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to pray without ceasing. We must continue to keep our hearts praying and filled with faith all day even as we go about our day. 

‭‭As believers of Jesus, we have His Spirit living in us. We get to let the Holy Spirit lead us in all our prayers for all kinds of things and people because the Holy Spirit knows what needs to be prayed for. Romans 8:26-27 says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

Set time daily to pray for the things God has put in your heart to pray for. Let the Holy Spirit guide your prayers and pray in tongues too.

Remember, it’s not enough to just pray — we must pray always. God tells us in Colossians 4:2, “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” Carry a heart of thanksgiving as you pray knowing that God hears your prayers and is moving on your behalf. The words “continue earnestly” in Greek means to be constantly diligent and to wait on. God wouldn’t ask us to earnestly pray if our prayers were powerless. 

Prayer is a part of the armor of God that we get to use daily against the enemy’s schemes (Ephesians 6). 

Will you commit to praying in the Spirit every day despite what you see?

There is power and purpose behind our prayers. Why pray? It is through our prayers that we get to see God’s purposes happen on earth. Jesus teaches us to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). 

We have access through prayer to know what is in God’s heart and His will to partner with Him. What a beautiful opportunity we have as His children! 

Jesus gives us a parable in Luke 18 to his disciples to show them that they should pray always and not give up (Luke 18:1). 

In this parable, an unjust judge answers the request of a widow because of her persistence. Jesus then says, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? (Luke 18:6-7). 

Jesus tells us if an unjust judge will answer a plea, then how much more will God, a just judge, answer our prayers? 

Whatever you have been believing for, keep praying and believing. Remember the power of prayer. God hears our prayers and He will act upon our prayers in His perfect time.

It’s not enough to just pray—we need to also make sure our lives are right with God. The Bible makes it clear that God hears the prayer of the righteous and that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 says, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

Proverbs 15:29 says, “The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.” 

There is nothing in this world that is worth separating you from God. He has already shown us love and mercy by giving us Jesus who died on the cross so that our sins can be cleansed forever if we accept Jesus as our Savior and live in Him. There are so many privileges we get to have living right with Jesus. 

More than ever we need to be praying and watchful of our lives. Jesus is coming back and we are closer to the day when this age will end. A new heaven and earth will be established and those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior and live in His ways will reign with Him for eternity. 

How is your heart with Jesus? Is there anything you are doing that is displeasing God that could be hindering your prayers?

Prayer is the key to our breakthrough. So remember, pray without ceasing. 

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for reminding us daily of the power of prayer. No matter how busy life gets or how disappointed we may feel, may we always continue to pray always and trust in You that things will work out according to your will. 

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