Do you really need to pray?
Do you really need to pray?
Prayer is not just a religious activity. It is a two-way relationship with God – you speak to Him and He speaks to you. God doesn't need you to pray – He wants you to pray. It is more than talking to God. It includes listening as well, and what God says to you is more important than what you say to Him.
To pray is to acknowledge that our blessings come from God. This is what Jesus taught in the model prayer he gave the disciples. It begins with recognition that God is our “Father in Heaven,” and His Name is to be hallowed. The words also emphasize that His will be done as we receive His kingdom. Thanks are expressed for His daily care and forgiveness which enable us to forgive others. And we thank Him for guidance and protection from evil. With the power of prayer, we have a constant advocate. The prayer Jesus taught ends with giving God all glory and honor, again stressing His eternal power.
There is a reason to pray. Jesus said, “... that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” (Luke 18:1); “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:26).
Our heavenly Father does not make it difficult to communicate with Him. He does not require complicated prayers. He is moved by our needs and by our confidence in Him.
Paul tells us how to pray in Romans 12:12, "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulations; continuing instant in prayer ..."
So what should we do? What if you pray in broken words intermingled with sobs and tears – that's OK. Not only will He answer – He says that He will open your eyes to His greatness. Your faith is built in Him – not in any other. “
God always answers prayer. He responds to our needs, not because of our prayers; not because we got up early to have devotion; not because we awoke in the night and felt like praying; not because we shed tears; not because we were asked to pray; not because we followed a routine or formula; and not because we did much praying; but because He loves us. We can expect God to answer because He loved us enough to give His Son to die for us and He answers for Christ's sake.
Prayer is surrendering your will to Him. The answer to prayer is not the reward; the reward is the personal relationship with God. Prayer is not giving God a list of things to do. Prayer is not giving God his instructions for the day. Prayer is not a habit or a ritual. Prayer is asking God what we should do, and giving Him time to answer. He may direct your thoughts to the Word – that's how He speaks to you. Or in the closeness of prayer, you may feel the answer in your heart and mind. We don't dictate to God – we listen for His voice.
Prayer is recognizing God and His Sovereignty and seeing ourselves, acknowledging our needs and delighting in His presence.
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