Why pray? Because God has asked us to pray. Prayer expresses our dependence on God. Learn about prayer and why we pray.
Has it ever crossed your mind why God needs us to offer prayers? Paul E. Billheimer in his book, ‘Destined for the Throne” writes: To enable us to learn the technique of overcoming, God devised the scheme of prayer. God has placed upon His children the responsibility and authority to enforce His will and administer His decisions in the affairs of earth as an apprenticeship for eternal sovereignty with Christ.
To answer the question, “Why pray”, we have to understand what prayer is.
Prayer is talking with God
Excitement of answered prayer!
I used to say when our youngest was little that God should assign an extra angel to him as he was always climbing and falling, as little boys do! When Peter was four he came inside screaming and dripping blood. He had fallen and split his tongue right down the middle. The doctor was reluctant to stick the tongue together but became concerned when the tongue continued to bleed for 6 hours. “What we need is a miracle,” the doctor said anxiously. I quickly replied, “I believe in miracles!”
I rang my husband, Bill, who was out of town and after we prayed together the bleeding stopped and Peter fell asleep. Concerned, Bill caught the next plane available and flew home to be with his boy. When he arrived he went to look at Peter’s tongue and to our amazement the tongue had come together. It was back to normal, with not a mark to be seen. We praised God for answering our prayer!
You can enjoy the excitement of God answering your prayers too! I believe that one of the first requirements is to know, without doubt, that you are loved and accepted by God and that he wants to answer your prayers.
Prayer is God’s gift to us
Harold Lindsell enlarges, “The pilgrim who walks though the world that is not his final home needs all the help he can get. God in His wise providence has provided many kinds of help. One of the greatest is His gift of prayer.”
Prayer is the path to strength and peace
Prayer is the very key that unlocks the peace of God. “Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks. And God’s peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your heart and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Prayer is God’s plan for our growth
David Hubbard explains, “Prayer reminds us of our constant need for God and reassures us of his presence with us. Prayer is part of God’s plan for our growth and for His program in the world. In prayer we don’t tell God what to do; we find out what He wants us to do.”
Prayer aligns us with the purposes and power of God
Dr E. Stanley Jones shares, “In prayer you align yourself to the purposes and power of God and He is able to do things through you that he could not do otherwise…”
Prayer is the laying hold of God’s promises
The Bible is filled from cover to cover with promises available to those who tap God’s reservoir of power. A Word of promise from God Himself: “I am the Lord your God, who holds your right hand, and tells you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:13
Watch this video and discover the joy of seeing God answer your prayers.