Why We Need Prayer
Prayer happens when we humble ourselves before the Lord and make requests for our needs. We acknowledge that we are needy and cannot control or do something or provide for our needs and the needs of those entrusted to our care on our own. In fact, we need Him for all things, beginning with salvation, continuing in sanctification, and culminating in the day when we become like Him for we shall see Him as He is. (1 John 3:2)
A life without prayer for a Christian is a life devoid of faith and spiritual nourishment. Prayer is an exercise of our devotion to God. We get to know who God is through prayer and develop a more intimate relationship with Him. Prayer changes us by relieving our anxieties, comforting us, giving us hope, guiding us, and empowering us to continue on in our walk.
Prayer is not so much getting our requests answered as it is getting to know the God who delights in us and learning His will. As we pray, we grow in our knowledge of God and His power. “Thy will be done” is the prayer that never fails. God will always do His will. His will is best and good, acceptable, and perfect. What better way to get to know God then to pray and watch to see what He does.God knows what we need before we ask Him. (Matthew 6:8) He reveals Himself and His will in prayer. God leads us in response to our prayers. God prepares the answers before we even pray.
One example of prayer is how Abraham’s servant prayed that he would find a wife for Isaac and she would return to Canaan with him. How unlikely is it that a woman would leave her family to follow a stranger to a different land to marry a man she has never met! Yet, Rebekah responded as the servant had prayed and gave him water for him and his camels. Isaac’s response was, “Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His mercy and His truth toward my master.” Genesis 24:27
Our God is great, mighty, and powerful! Prayer passes all the bounds of physical possibility.“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20,21
Lord, we entrust our lives to You. Cause us to know You better as we turn our eyes to You. We rely on You for You alone are our hope. There is no God like you. Please come to our aid and cause us to live in the freedom you give us in Jesus Christ. Remove anything that will hold us back from serving You.
North Chapel Prayer Team