I’m so excited to announce that I’m doing a series on prayer with ya’ll. I had been hearing a lot of prayer, so I decided to do a study on it and share it with you!
For this series, I plan to post every Monday. I also intend to post every Thursday as usual, though those posts will not be related to this series. 😊
I really hope you’ll be blessed and encouraged by this series! 💕
Here’s what to expect:
- Intro: Why pray? — That’s this 😛
- Don’t be afraid — ask!
- Persistence & Prayer
- Motives Matter
- Model Prayers
- Why isn’t God answering me?
- Receiving and Responding
So, Why Pray?
To get what we want?
To inform God on our problems and our solutions?
Or is prayer just a way to vent all our problems to God?
Well, for one, we are commanded to pray.
“Pray without Ceasing.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:17
It’s not some kind of duty we have to do a certain amount of times a day in order to gain salvation. It’s also not a means to use God for your own well-being (whether it’s physical, emotional, financial or anything else). God’s not a vending machine.
With that said, there are MANY reasons to pray.
For one, prayer is a means of connecting with God. It’s a way to center your mind and heart on God — inviting Him to be with you and be apart of everything you do. It’s talking to God. Telling Him how you feel, what your problems are, your desires, ambitions, and goals, all the while asking Him to make you into who He wants you to be. It’s the unscripted, honest, open you talking to the most loving, awesome, gracious Friend.
Prayer allows us to have power over evil. Notice in Ephesians, where it talks about the armor of God, it doesn’t mention prayer as any of the weapons or defenses against the devil. But it does end the passage by commanding us to pray always.
“…Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” — Ephesians 6:18
Also, notice, that while prayer is not listed as a weapon, it is the means by which we access all the other weapons (As Priscilla Shirer points out in her study on the Armor of God). So in that way, prayer is the greatest weapon we do have.
There are many other reasons for prayer (for example, answered prayers can serve as a good witness tool, prayer is actually scientifically proven to be one of the best things you can do for your brain, it keeps us humble, etc), but those are just a few (if you’d like more, there are some here).
Princess, I hope that you are reminded of the necessity of prayer and that you would be a prayer warrior! 💕
Have a wonderful day! 😃
Oh, and Happy Labor Day!