What's the point of praying?
Updated: Sep 14
"Prayers are prophecies. They are the best predictors of your spiritual future. Who you become is determined by how you pray. Ultimately, the transcript of your prayers becomes the script of your life." – Mark Batterson (Draw the Circle)
For as long as I can remember, people have always encouraged me to pray often. Whether it be in thanks for something I have or in petition for something I do not, I have been told to pray frequently since I have began my Christian walk.
I have always asked myself though: What is the point of praying? Doesn't God already know everything? Does it do anything or is it pointless?
Knowing this, many struggle with finding the motivation to pray consistently, primarily because they do not know the point or reasons behind it.
This is a sad reality. As it is the level of our prayer life that either provides us a strong foundation to fight life's battles or an unstable ground to which we struggle to even stand atop.
With all of this in mind, there are a plethora of powerful reasons to pray. Five of these reasons are provided below:
God commands us to pray. (Phil. 4:6-7)
First and foremost, we should pray because God tells us to and to do so often.
God created us and the world we live on, so when He provides clear instruction, we can make a safe bet that it will benefit us greatly to follow that instruction.
Prayer honors and glorifies God. (Luke 2:36-38)
Prayer operates as a form of worship to God. It glorifies His name to pray to Him.
Our prayer life or lack thereof demonstrates our level of faith in God and His promises. Want to show God that you think He is awesome and powerful? Pray big, bold, and consistent prayers!
Seeing it is our entire job in life to worship God with the way we live (read more on this here), utilizing every opportunity to worship Him is wise.
Prayer helps us make big decisions. (Luke 6:12-13)
God is our guide. He wants to lead you towards great things for His glory! Prayer invites Him to do that in your life.
Even Jesus felt like it was necessary to seek after God in prayer regarding big decisions, maybe you should too.
Thinking about moving? Pray about it. Cannot figure out what college to attend? Pray about it. Trying to decide if you should continue dating your significant other? Pray about it.
God loves to guide us towards His purposes for our lives – let Him do it.
Prayer pulls us closer to God.
If you have a significant other or a close friend, you know the common aspect of all great connections is communication. You cannot have a great friendship or relationship without communication.
Our relationship with God is the same way. You might be saved, but if you do not forge a strong prayer life, your relationship with God will be a remnant of what it could be.
The act of praying to God pulls you closer to Him the more you do it. The closer you are to God the more your desires begin to match up with His. The more this happens, the less desirable sin will become to you and the more fruitful your walk will be.
Prayer changes things.
Prayer actually affects the end results of circumstances. This is a complex principle that I would need more time to expound on. For this article though, I will just assert to you that bold, specific prayers affect the results of situations. Here’s proof:
- Hannah was infertile, but was blessed with a son through prayer (1 Sam. 1:11)
- Peter was in prison but got out by the power of prayer. (Acts 12:5)
- To save him and his friends' lives, Daniel prayed for God to reveal a dream and its interpretation. (Daniel 2:17-18)
So, no matter the circumstance, be persistent in praying boldly to God knowing that it is not in vain and that it makes a difference!
Keep praying – do not stop. Because, prayer is the difference between what you can do and what God can do.
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