Prayer is a communion with God in word or thought.
It is the voice of faith, whose whisper can be felt across the street or across the world.
Prayer expresses itself in many ways:
- an outpouring of praise
- a confession of wrong
- a statement of thanks
- a request for help
- declaration of need
- intercession for others
The ultimate reason for prayer is relationship.
As we pray, we get to know God in a way that would not have been possible otherwise.
Through prayer, we slip our hand into God's hand as He moves mountains.
Of course, He could have moved those mountains without us, but He wants us to feel a sense of partnership with Him.
And that "togetherness" with God through prayer will change your life!
Through prayer, we draw near to God with confidence (Hebrews 4:16); ask, seek, and knock at the door of His generosity (Matthew 7:7-8); release anxiety (Philippians 4:6-7); and gain wisdom (James 1:5). Prayer is the discipline of mind that is always appropriate for our needs (Ephesians 6:18). And it is the way we align ourselves with the Lord to see as He sees and want what He wants.
Prayer is, in fact, such an invaluable discipline that we are urged to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17). This doesn't mean non-stop verbal praying - it means an attitude of prayer. "It means to live with Christ in such a way that you can talk with Him, or listen to Him at any moment." There should be nothing between your soul and the Savior. Praying without ceasing is consciously living each moment in the presence of Christ.
Why is prayer important:
- First, prayer is important because it refocuses our perspective. Without prayer, we see only the visible; with prayer, God shows us the hidden dimensions of life.
- Second, it quiets our fears and calms our nerves. We may come to prayer fearful and anxious, but when we give our worries to the Lord, we come away calmed and assured (Philippians 4:6-7).
- Third, prayer transfers our burdens. It takes the big load we've been carrying and shifts it to the shoulders that can handle its weight (Matthew 11:28-29; 1 Peter 5:7).
- Fourth prayer upholds others who are in need. It is the way we help bear one another's burdens and lift them to the One who knows best.