Jesus made it clear that He expects Christians to pray. Three times in three consecutive verses in Matthew 5, Jesus said, “When you pray…” Notice that He didn’t say “if you pray.”
God included much about prayer in the Bible. We are told to pray without ceasing1, pray for one another2, pray for the sick3, pray night and day4, that prayer works5, that Jesus Himself prayed6, and much more.
So then why do we not pray? Maybe it’s because we don’t make it a habit. Perhaps some people might think they don’t know how to pray. Some of us may think we don’t need prayer, and that we’ll be just fine without it. Or, maybe we don’t pray because we doubt if our prayer will turn out how we want it to. So why bother praying?
I’m glad you asked! Prayer is the means by which God has given you to directly communicate with Him. Through prayer you can express your joys, submit your worries, give thanks for your victories, and confess your failures. Pray because it guards your heart in spiritual warfare. It is your shield against depression. Pray because it strengthens your love for God. Prayer matures your faith as you depend
on God to respond. Prayer humbles you as you recognize your desperate need for God to produce fruit in your life. Pray also because it fuels endurance for overcoming whatever obstacles are in our lives. If endurance is the automobile, prayer is the fuel.
Prayer is our declaration of dependence on God in all aspects of our lives. We have many reasons to pray today and every day.
1) 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 2) James 5:16, 3) James 5:14, 4) 1 Thessalonians 3:10,
5) Philippians 1:19, 6) Hebrews 5:7