Prayer is an essential part of the Christian life.  It is our lifeline to our Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer.  There are at least 5 reasons the Bible says we ought to pray:

  • Prayer is commanded
    • God commands us to “be praying always with all prayer and supplication” (Ephesians 6:18).
    • God commands us to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17).
      • These are not suggestions
      • Just because we don’t know exactly how our prayers fit into God’s eternal plans and purpose, doesn’t mean we can ignore it.
    • And Remember, this should be the norm for us.
      • The commands only reaffirm for us that we are supposed to do what we really already long to do.
      • It’s not our job to resolve all the mysteries of the divine mind, but to engage obediently in this privileged, intimate communion.
  • It is a sin not to pray
    • Since it is a command to pray, it is therefore an act of disobedience if we don’t.
    • A vivid display of prayer and sovereignty:
      • Israel demanded a King
      • Samuel reminded them that God had given them Moses and Aaron and then the judges. Their demand for a King was sin motivated by their desire to be like the other nations.
      • I Samuel 12:19-23 (Samuel acknowledged his responsibility to pray for them because he understood that prayer was a duty, and to neglect it was a sin).
  • Prayer gives glory to God
    • God doesn’t answer prayer for our benefit only; He answers them primarily for His own pleasure and glory.
      • In the Upper Room, the night before Jesus was executed, He made monumental promises to his disciples
        • “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14). Why?
        • “that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13)
      • God answers prayer so he will be glorified. It isn’t primarily to give us what we want.
        • He cares whether we have what we need.
        • He wants us to be blessed through our petitions
        • He responds by pouring out blessings on those who pray
        • But the primary reason is to put His goodness, wisdom, power, and grace on display.
      • If we receive what we want, that is really just a bonus
        • The eternal benefit of prayer is that it magnifies god’s glory.
        • This is why we know we will receive what is best for us and what glorifies Him most
  • Prayer aligns us with God’s purposes
    • When we begin to seek God’s purpose in prayer, our hearts will be aligned with His will.
    • Jesus taught His disciples to pray:
      • “Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed by Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10).
      • It was only after that priority did Jesus teach us to pray for a daily bread, forgiveness, and guidance away from temptation.
      • Jesus’ prayer teaches us to align ourselves with God’s purposes first
  • Prayer results in answers
    • Prayer is effective in bringing about His plan.
      • The amazing incomprehensible reality of such providence is that it is God’s will all along, and our prayers are part of it.
      • So God sovereignly uses our prayers to fulfill His perfect plan.
      • Therefore, our prayers should reflect our heart desires.
      • At the same time, we show our willingness to surrender our will to God’s purposes.

Additional Resources on prayer:

1097102: Praying with Paul: A Call for Spiritual Reformation
415638: A Journey to Victorious Praying: Finding Discipline and Delight in Your Prayer Life542862: Why We Pray65271: Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus" Name706204: Let Us Pray: A Symposium on Prayer by Leading Preachers and Theologians547843: Praying the Bible120443X: Be Still and Know Lux-Leather Journal, Brown

Read ’em & Reap!

2 thoughts on “5 Reasons We Ought to Pray

  1. When I was taking my certification classes for chaplaincy, the instructor harped on being “prayed up” before you enter a patient’s room or any situation where there are unknowns. This gets to the heart of how discernment relies on an active prayer life. I very much rely on discernment. If I may share with you in this context, see this post …

    Thank you for posting. I have written as well on the need to pray. I think people often take for granted what this means. If there was ever a sermon when I have seen people nodding off, it is this subject; but this should not be so.

    Blessings to you. I follow you now and would be blessed to have you as a follower. I include on my page a section where followers can where I engage posts by other bloggers.

    Have a great day.

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