Prayer. This word is used 313 times in the Bible. During Jesus’ life here, He spent much time praying and teaching others to pray. Prayer is a very important part of Christianity, but have you ever wondered why?
Most people today define prayer as bringing our requests to God. But, while that is an important part of prayer, it is not the only reason God made it. Prayer goes deeper than simply requests and supplication. It is not only time to bring our needs to Him, but a sacred time to pour out our hearts to Him. It was made for many meaningful and important reasons. In this post, I am going to talk about three of these reasons.
1- Prayer brings us peace. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us that if we bring our requests to God with thanksgiving, “the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” There is no better way to find peace than through prayer. When we bring our problems to God in prayer, we are giving them over to His hands. We don’t have to wrestle or worry with them anymore and we can rest in His promise of unfathomable peace.
2- It helps us stand against temptation. In Mark 14:38, Jesus tells us to “watch and pray lest you enter into temptation. The Spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak.” Prayer is able to help us stand firm upon the solid rock when temptations come to drown us. If we try to fight temptations alone, we will fail, for our flesh is weak. But through prayer, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness…[and] makes intercession for us.” (Romans 8:26) There is no better way to gain victory over temptation than to pray to the One who is always victorious.
3- It strengthens our relationship with God. Christianity is built on a relationship with God and prayer plays a crucial role in this. It is a sacred time when we can speak to Him not only as our King, but as our best friend. He wants us to pour out our hearts to Him, tell Him about our pain and grief, praise Him for His love and salvation, and learn more about who He is. Paul tells us in Ephesians 3:14 that the reason he bows his knees in prayer is to be strengthened in the Spirit and to comprehend God’s love. And as you learn more about who He is and gain strength from Him, your relationship will be strengthened too.
Prayer is a powerful tool that God has given us to use every day. And the more we use it, the more we will grow in Jesus. Prayer builds an inseparable bond between us and our heavenly Father, because as we learn to find peace, strength, and intimacy in Him, we can only fall more deeply in love with our Savior.