Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What is the Purpose of Prayer?

I guess you must have read a lot of books regarding prayer, the kind of prayer that God likes, the ways how to pray and the like. There are so many things I can think of why prayer is important. First of all prayer is a communication between you and God. It is the only way how we can say our request and our petition, one of the ways we can say thank you to Him and give reverence to Him. Prayer should always be from our hearts, not just meaningless words that comes out of our mouth or worst is memorized or spoken redundantly which is a vain babbling like the pagans do.


Prayer for me is a powerful tool because it plays a vital role in our Spiritual life and in our relationship to God. We do know that God asks us to pray without ceasing ( 1 Thes. 5:17). But what is really the purpose of it? Why do we need to pray? Is it only because we needed something? Is it because we asked of God intensely that we just remembered to pray?

Prayer should always be the lifestyle of every Christian. Your life will never be complete if you don’t pray. It’s like the air that you breathe, which is part of you. The purpose of prayer is so important so that we can do what God’s will is by the power of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is needed to break barriers and destroy the works of the enemy. Prayer is important so that every man and woman who has faith in Jesus Christ and who truly obeys and follows the Word of God will be able to request and petition God concerning the salvation of those who are still lost.

The purpose of prayer is to ask God to empower us in our daily life since the enemy is there to attack us. We just don’t pray for our own self, but we do pray for our family, our friends, our relatives, our beloved and most important to the workers of Christ who are our Pastors, our Church leaders, our Missionaries and everyone who works at the vineyard of God.

Prayer strengthens us and helps us to be encouraged. Prayer is also important because it gives us opportunity to seek God more in our life and ask for repentance if there is something that hinders our walk. We cannot start anything if we did not pray for it since our ways is not God’s way and we are reminded to rely on God alone and that is why we need to pray.

Prayer is simply calling God (Jer. 33:3). If there is one thing that God should remind His people is to always pray because there is victory to it. I don’t mind if it takes you a minute or an hour to pray, but what is important that when we pray, we are asking God for guidance and forgiveness so that whenever we come before His throne of Grace, He is there to answer us.


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