What Good Is Prayer?

Prayer is the most important activity that a Christian can engage in. Yes, Praise and Worship are important, as is studying the Bible. However, both of these are one-way communications. Prayer is a two-way communication with God. This is why it is so important for us.

Prayer Is Recognizing The Presence of God

Someone once said: “Prayer finally comes to mean not to express an opinion, but to feel a presence.” For many people, prayer is telling God your opinion, that is, telling God what you want.

Most people acknowledge the existence of God but many only recognize God as a power or force in the universe. They recognize Him as the power that brought the universe into being but never recognize that He is still working in this universe and wanting to have a relationship with us.

This is why, for many people, prayer is only an exercise that they engage in. They do not recognize that God is a personal spiritual being that they can relate to and with whom they can have a personal relationship.

However, God is a personal being. He created us in His own image. Remember Genesis 1:26-27 (NIV): “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

God is a personal being that wants to have a relationship with us. In order for us to have this relationship with Him, we must first of all recognize His presence. Thus, this is the most basic reason for engaging in prayer, to recognize the presence of God.

 Prayer Lifts Us Into The Presence Of God

But prayer does more than just recognize God’s presence, it lifts us into His wonderful presence.

Praise and Worship music will also lift us into the presence of God. When we engage in Praise and Worship music, we are telling God how much we love and appreciate Him.

Bible Study also brings us into the presence of God. But again, it is a one-way conversation. God is speaking to us, but we are not speaking to Him.

For many people, prayer is also a one way communication, when it should be a two way communication. In true prayer, we are not only telling God something, but we stop and allow Him to also speak to us.

I realize that this is not what many people experience when they pray. Why is that? It is because, for many people, prayer is simply a religious act, or ritual, that they engage in. Thus, it is not true prayer.

True prayer is always a two-way communication. It is what helps us to learn to be dependent upon God. If we do not listen for God’s response, we are only giving a speech to God. Listening for God’s response is allowing God to speak to us.

Prayer Helps To Be Dependent Upon God

Unless we train ourselves to listen for God’s voice, we will never learn to be dependent upon God. If you understand what the Scriptures are telling us, you will realize that God wants us to be dependent upon Him.

This practice is very difficult for us Americans, We have been taught to never be dependent on anyone, except ourselves. This is exactly what keeps many people from ever hearing God’s voice. We want to tell God what we want. But we do not want God telling us anything that we may not want to hear. We do not want anyone, including God, telling us what to do.

If you want to know why Satan keeps on defeating you, it is because you have not become dependent upon God. God cannot help you unless you are dependent upon Him. And the only way to learn to become dependent upon God is to converse with God in prayer.

Why should we be dependent upon God? It is because God had a reason for creating us. He has a plan for each of our lives. And the only way that we can know what that plan is, is to become dependent upon God. And the only way that we can become dependent upon God is get to really know Him.

Prayer Enables Us to Know God

Most people in Americaknow about Jesus or at least have heard or seen His Name. But the sad truth is that multitudes of people that attend church only know about Jesus. They come and listen to the pastor talk about Jesus and listen to him pray. They even recite formal prayers. They then go home thinking that they have done their duty as Christians because they have spent some time with God.

Prayer is for the purpose of developing a close relationship with God. Prayer is for the purpose of finding out what His plan is for our lives. This is what God wants for us. This is why He created us in the first place. He wants us to become His friend and thus enable Him to lead us into what is the best for us.

How do you become friends with another human being? Do you simply read what they have written? How many authors have you become friends with by simply reading their writings? Do you become friends by going to the other person and giving them a speech and then leaving? Nether of these methods will work.

And they will not work with God either. We become friends with other people and with God in the same say. We spend quality time with them. We not only talk to them, but we also listen and try to understand what they are saying to us. Have you taken the time to do this with God?

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