As Christians, we all know that prayer is important. Sometimes we pray; sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we pray fervently; sometimes we pray half-heartedly. We all need help.
This series on prayer begins with a core question, Why Should We Pray?
Short answer: God expects us to pray, to offer him praises and to let him know our needs. The Bible includes countless examples of God’s people offering prayers of all kinds.
One of my favorite examples is King David’s prayer of praise when the people of Israel brought all the supplies needed to build the temple in Jerusalem. David had a long history of talking to God, and he knew that God expected him to offer praise, confession, and to ask for what he needed.
God’s word commands us to pray. And if we don’t pray we are neglecting God’s expectation and his command. A prominent Bible teacher and author wrote that when we do not pray, we sin. Ouch! That seems like a rather harsh judgment to make about a failure on our part to do what God asks.
But isn’t that what sin is: missing the mark and falling short of what God expects of us?
Knowing that not praying is hurting our relationship with God can even make it harder for us to pray. Thankfully, the Lord knows what we are thinking and feeling about our reluctance or failure to pray consistently for all things!
When we start piling up the reasons why we do not pray and how we have disappointed God, we can do a quick review of God’s attributes to remind ourselves of who God is. Remember, he is omniscient, all-loving, and all-forgiving. When we place our faith in Christ for forgiveness of our sins, he forgives us of all our sin and gives us the gift of eternity with him.
God is just waiting for us to start a conversation with him. Why not start now?
—Jane Hall, NCF National Director