|He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us in prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. -2 Corinthians 1:10-11
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
Read Luke 11 & John 17.
I just want to take this opportunity to emphasize the importance of prayer in our Christian walk; this element was just as important in the life of the son of God. If you look through the entire Bible, the Old and New Testament alike, you will read about people who turned to God in prayer all the time. David in Psalm 119 wrote that he praised God 7 times a day. Daniel in Daniel 6 prayed to God publicly 3 times a day, despite the threat of death on his life. God delighted in these people, he delights in prayer and he longs to have a deeper relationship with you, and this can only happen through consistent communication with him, prayer.
So why should you pray?
You should pray because there is no greater honor than being able to have a relationship with the king of the universe!
You should pray because it is a deterrent to sin in your lives. When you pray, God convicts you, and that puts a rein on your desire to sin and replaces it with a heart of repentance.
You should pray because the devil is crouching at your door waiting to master you, and only through prayer can your master him!
You should pray because prayer makes things happen. People are healed and delivered, lives are saved, and people are changed through prayer. Prayer changes things, and with prayer on your lips, you will change things too.
Lastly, you should pray because Jesus instructs you to do so. Jesus told Peter in Matthew 26: 41, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”
Prayer is just as important as eating, working, going to school, exercising, talking to friends, etc. Too often, I hear people complain that they don’t have time to pray, and I think that is a cheap excuse. If you have time to breathe and eat, then you should be able to make time to pray. Make it a priority in your life, and put it at the top of your schedule list. God will not be mocked! Do not wait until things go wrong in your life before you turn to God in prayer, he may be busy! And when you do pray to God, remember that he is the God of the universe. Don’t wait till you can barely stay awake to turn to him…give him your best time of the day and go to him with an alert mind, I think he is worthy of at least that.
Prayer changes things, why don’t you let it change you.
Stay blessed and spread the word.