Why should we pray?

PrayIf God is sovereign, immeasurably powerful and controls everything, why should we pray?

If you’ve struggled with this, you’re not alone. Many godly Christians wrestle with prayer and question prayer’s effectiveness in their lives. Where do we turn when we need help?

Scripture tells us that nothing is too hard for God (Jeremiah 32:27). He sees everything (Matthew 10:29) and he is working all the time to make all things work for his good, according to his plans (Romans 8:28). As the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians, it is God’s sovereignty itself that gives us the boldness to pray because we have “access with confidence through faith in him” (3:12).

Christian literature is full of information about prayer: why pray, how to pray, the benefits or prayer, etc. But actually making prayer one of our regular spiritual practices takes more than information; it takes motivation, effort, and discipline!

Perhaps the first thing we should consider about why we should pray is that God has commanded us to pray. Prayer is not optional for those who want to walk with him throughout their lives.

It is not a mere suggestion that we pray; it is spelled out very clearly in God’s Word. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Ephesians 6:18).

God clearly tells us to pray even though we cannot fathom why and how our prayers fit into his plans, his eternal rule and his Kingdom-building work.

Take a moment to reflect on your prayer life. Is prayer like an after-thought, or do you engage in prayer regularly or often? Do you really enjoy praying or is it a tiresome ritual? What is the focus of your prayers: praise and gratitude, your needs, the needs of others, or something else?

Let us embrace the truth that not only do we want to enjoy God’s company through our prayers, but he has told us to pray for all things at all times because he cares for us!

--Jane Hall, NCF National Director

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Thank you for the reminder that praying takes discipline; I had not thought of it that way but can certainly relate. Thank you.

Thanks for reminding us of our prayer life; motivation, effort and discipline, on the latter see it dificult for me.

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