WHY PRAYER?

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prayerWEEK.001WHY PRAYER?
1. God’s Word Calls Us to Pray
One key reason to pray is because God has commanded us to pray. If we are to be obedient to His will, then prayer must be part of our life in Him. Where does the Bible call us to prayer? Several passages are relevant:
• “And when you pray …” –Matthew 6:5
• “This, then, is how you should pray …” –Matthew 6:9
• “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” –Ephesians 6:18
• “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” –Philippians 4:6
• “Pray continually” -1 Thessalonians 5:17
Prayer is an act of obedience. God calls us to pray and we must respond.

2. Jesus Prayed Regularly
Why did Jesus pray? One reason he prayed was as an example so that we could learn from him. The Gospels are full of references to the prayers of Christ, including these examples:
• “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” –Matthew 14:23
• “Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.'” –Matthew 26:36
• “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” –Mark 1:35
• “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” –Luke 5:16
• “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” –Luke 6:12
• “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” –Luke 18:1
3. Prayer is How We Communicate with God
Prayer allows us to worship and praise the Lord. It also allows us to offer confession of our sins, which should lead to our genuine repentance. Moreover, prayer grants us the opportunity to present our requests to God. All of these aspects of prayer involve communication with our Creator. He is personal, cares for us, and wants to commune with us through prayer.
• Isaiah wrote, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31).
Prayer is not just about asking for God’s blessings – though we are welcome to do so – but it is about communication with the living God. Without communication, relationships fall apart. So, too, our relationship with God suffers when we do not communicate with Him. Prayer Allows us to Participate in God’s Works. Prayer Gives us Power Over Evil. (By Robert Velarde)

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