Why Pray?

by Linda Graham

Why Pray?

Some feel the Lord’s sovereign power greatly diminishes our need to pray. God does not see it this way, though. His thoughts are far beyond our human comprehension. Yes, His power is supreme but He created us with free will. He fully intends for us to use it to pray. God is vitally interested in our supplications. As E. W. Bounds, notes, “Prayer is loyalty to God … A life of prayer is the only life that heaven counts” (The Complete Works of E.W. Bounds on Prayer).

Prayer is an outstanding part of His Word. Jesus said, “When you pray …” in several of His instructions. The most famous is in Luke 11:2 in the prelude to the Our Father. Others are found in Matthew 6:6 and 6:7 as well as that marvelous passage in Mark 11:24: "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them (emphasis added).”

Intercession was a large part of Jesus’ earthly life and continues in heaven. Apparently, He wishes His disciples to do likewise or He would not have repeatedly stated, “When you pray.”

The Lord knows what is in our hearts, but do we? During the prayer process we often discover our heart’s true content. Scripture says,” The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it “(Jeremiah 17: 9). As we pour out our hearts to the Lord, His Spirit graciously makes us aware of our faults in such a graceful way that our godly hopes are kept intact. Forgiveness is given. Peace then comes along with a bettering of the prayer request. Our hearts are changed. When we stumble, repentance is quick and the avenue between us and God is kept wide open.

More of God’s character is disclosed in intercession coupled with the study of Scripture. This exposure imparts a fuller understanding of God’s nature and expands our desire to know Him and His works on a most intimate scale. Godly wisdom increases as does our faith to engage in pursuing prayer. His purposes become paramount in our prayer lives.

Why pray? Is there an intense longing to increase our understanding of the One we love? Do we care deeply for others in need of His touch and do we want to be obedient to Jesus’ call to pray?

If any of these things apply to you then determine to become a praying person. You will be blessed far beyond your wildest imaginations. Life becomes an adventure as you watch the working out of your prayer requests.

“We must be certain that whatever stands out prominently in God’s Word is intended to be observable in our lives. If He has said a great deal about prayer, it is because He knows we have great need of it” (Morning and Evening, Charles Spurgeon pg. 4).

“And He... wondered that there was no intercessor.” Isaiah 59:16. If the Lord is wondering where we are, should we not respond agreeably to His heart’s precious yearning to remain in intimate contact with us? We can do this through intentionalized prayer?

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