Posted by: missionventureministries | January 25, 2011

THE IMPORTANCE OF PRAYER

Prayer is communion with God. Prayer is the intimate bond with our Creator and Savior.

“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” Mark 1:35

Jesus is our example. He as the Son of God prayed frequently (Matthew 14:23; 26:36; Mark 6:46; Luke 5:16; John 17).  Likewise, the apostle Paul prayed (Romans 1:9; Ephesians 1:16).  There are many examples in the Bible of people praying and getting answers to their prayers. God wants the believers to have fellowship with Him and that is accomplished through prayer. 

Why should we pray?  One reason is that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12 

In looking at the life of Jesus, we see that He always prayed. It was his customary practice to wake up early in the morning while it was still dark and pray. Often, He departed from the people that He was ministering to, and went to a quiet place to pray. Many times he spent all night in prayer.

If Jesus, the Son of God spent such a large portion of His earthly life praying and encouraging His disciples to pray, that shows us that we need to spend time with the Father as Jesus did.

Why is prayer so important?

We get to know God more through prayer: God reveals Himself to those who really want to get to know Him. To those who are willing to take the time of separating themselves often and long in other to seek Him, the Bible says: “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:12-13

We are empowered through prayer: Prayer is like charging our spiritual battery. Many of us use mobile phones. What happens to it if we continue using the phone and never charge it? The answer is obvious. The battery will run down and sooner or later the phone will stop functioning until it is adequately and fully charged. In the same way we cannot afford not to pray.

Prayer changes us: Prayer not only changes situations and circumstances, but one of the most important reasons we need to pray is that God changes us in prayer. Jacob had been a cheat and a deceiver. Not until he really started to pray did he change. He was so afraid of meeting his brother Esau that he decided to set time aside to pray. He prayed all night and his life was changed. His name changed from Jacob to Israel and his destiny changed. (Genesis 32:24-28). Prayer is the key. Prayer will change you because God works through prayer.

God answers prayer: The Bible says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” – Matthew 7:7-11. God gives good things to those who ask Him. God answers prayer. Another verse says “You do not have because you do not ask God.” – James 4:2. God gives to those who ask Him. God gives to those who trust Him to the point of asking Him. God is able to answer your prayers even beyond your expectations, “now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen”- Ephesians 3:20-21. No matter what your situation is, no matter what circumstances you may be facing, take it to God in prayer. He wants to answer your prayers. He longs to hear your prayers. He wants to know that you trust Him, that you believe in Him to the point of coming to Him with all that is in your heart.

Through prayer we are delivered from temptations: “And when He was at the place, He said to them ‘pray that you enter not into temptation . . . And He said to them, why do you sleep? Rise and pray lest you enter into temptation” – Luke 22:40, 46. Prayer makes us able to withstand temptations. Many have fallen and have been defeated because they neglected prayer. Our enemy, the devil, the tempter is in business of weakening and destroying believers. Jesus encourages us to pray lest we fall into temptation. Prayer is God’s key to answers.

There are many more reasons why it is important to pray. No matter what your situation is, God is longing for you to talk to Him through prayer.

For more verses and additional information about prayer, click on the following link  HOW TO RECEIVE ANSWERS TO PRAYER

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