“I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 17:6
Have you ever wondered what is the purpose of prayer? Doesn’t God already know what’s on our hearts? So why should we need to express it? Here are some reasons to pray
- We pray because God commands us to pray (Philippians 4:6-7).
- Prayer is exemplified for us by Jesus and the early church (Mark 1:35; Acts 1:14).
- Jesus thought it was worthwhile to pray, we should also.
God intends for prayer to be the means of obtaining His solutions in a number of situations:
- Preparation for major decisions (Luke 6:12-13)
- Overcoming demonic barriers in lives (Mark 9:14-29) What are the “big demons” in your life that needs extra prayer power?
- The gathering of workers for the spiritual harvest (Luke 10:2)
- The gaining of strength to overcome temptation (Matthew 26:41)
- The means of strengthening others spiritually (Ephesians 6:18-19)
We have God’s promise that our prayers are not in vain, even if we don’t receive specifically what we asked for (Romans 8:26-27).
He has promised that when we ask for things that are in accordance with His will, He will give us what we ask for (1 John 5:14-15).
Today, I encourage you to write your own Psalm… Pray through it every day.