Reasons why i must pray
As Christians, many of us have come to realize that prayer is something we should do. However, we have not really come to understand the true reasons why we should pray. Many of us have subconsciously come to see prayer as a religious ritual done on Sundays, or at our daily devotions. However, for an effective prayer, we must understand what prayer is, and what the purposes of prayer are.
- Payer is a means of fellowship and communion with the Father.
More than a routine, prayer is a powerful tool for fellowshipping with our heavenly Father. God our father is a person who is desirous of a relationship. As seen from the first creation of Adam and Eve, God came into the garden to fellowship and commune with them in the cool of the day (genesis 3:8). Communing and fellowshipping with the father entails communication and feedback, which Adam and Eve had with God. Consequently, you cannot fellowship or commune with someone you are not consistently sharing your heart to. Hence, God in his wisdom instituted prayer as way he could chat and gist with his children. Therefore, for us today, prayer is a way of talking to our Father and Him talking back to us. On an earthly basis, Fathers expect their kids to talk to them and vice versa. Jesus as our Lord exemplified this kind of relationship to us during his earthly ministry. He communed with the father consistently in prayer (Mark 1:35, John 12:49).
- A means for request and receiving
Jesus told the people in his day, If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:11. There it is! God expects us to ask in order to receive. This clearly highlights one purpose of prayer I believe we are conversant with. That is, prayer as a means of making your request to God and receiving answers. It is in the place of prayer that we receive what we ask for. Jesus speaking in Mark 11:24 said… “ Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Here you see it again, Jesus linked “receiving” to prayers. It therefore means that prayer was designed for us to receive answers. The apostle Paul spoke to the Philippian church concerning this in his letter. “In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and thanksgiving, let your request be known to God” Philippian 4:6. This again, buttresses the point that prayer is a means of requesting and receiving from our father. In fact, the Bible goes ahead to tell us in James 4:2-3 that one of the reasons we are in lack or want is because we have failed to use prayer a tool to make our request to God. Do you have any need? Do not hesitate to go before your heavenly Father in prayer and make your request. There’s more to this. However, this establishes that prayer for us believers is a “request making” platform.
- Prayer strengthens you and your faith
One of the realities of our human nature is that we can grow weary (Isaiah 40:30). However, God has promised to strengthen us in such moment (Isaiah 40:29). Hence, one of the ways we access this supernatural strengthening is in the place of prayer. This strengthening or edification isn’t just to our bodies but to our faith also, as this is one of the primary things that is affected in hard times. Situations and circumstances of life can bring in fear and doubt. These two forces can neutralize and choke our faith, but God hasn’t left us helpless. One way to deal with doubts and fear is through prayer because in it your faith is strengthened and kept alive. Jesus as our example, while in the garden of Gethsemane was filled with sorrow because of what was to befall him shortly (becoming Sin and being crucified). He dealt with that twice by prayer (Matthew 26:36-46). The natural human response in difficulty or trial is to complain or loose heart. However, God in his wisdom has designed prayer to sustain and keep us going in life’s challenges. Jude 1:20 tells us another supernatural ability of prayer “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 1:20). Therefore, this solidifies the point that prayer in itself is a strengthener to our faith and our being.
- To Bring God’s will to Pass
To understand the concept of the will of God and why we need pray. Let’s consider our world and how it works. In our world today, three (3) actors influence everything we see happen. These actors are God, Man (humans), and Satan. Everything you see happening on earth today is influenced or should I say “Initiated” by one of these actors. God is the creator of the earth where we live in (Genesis 1:1), and He has legally handed the earth he created to Man (humans) to be the caretaker and governor of the earth (Psalms 115:16). God, who is a Spirit, has a good “will” – What he desires to see happen on earth (Jeremiah 29:11). Man (humans) as an occupant and caretaker of the earth has a “will.” Satan who is a spirit, and the last actor here also has an evil “will” that he wants played out on earth. All these actors desire to see their “wills” come to pass or acted on earth. However, since man is the legal occupant and governor of the earth. Only Man has the power to bring to pass whatever God or Satan wills. To say it another way, What God wants does not automatically happen here on earth, and whatever the Devil wants does not automatically come to pass here on earth. In both cases, man as the central actor must cooperate and decide what script is played here on earth – God’s script (God’s will), Man’s script (Man’s will), and Satan script (Satan’s evil will). Now, you may say, I thought God is all powerful, and everything that happens is what God wills? Well, God is all powerful, but he has limited himself by his Word and he doesn’t violet his words. As we have established earlier, God has given man dominion over the earth, and he cannot override that legal right. See it this way, for instance, you may own a house and rent it out to a tenant. Afterwards, though it’s still your house, the tenant has rights and claims over the premises and you as the landlord, you are limited and restricted in what you can do because of the tenancy agreement or contract. You dare not badge into your tenant’s bedroom uninvited. You need his consent and cooperation. Thus, both God and Satan cannot force their “wills” on earth without the cooperation and consent of the tenant (Man).
In a nutshell the will of the Devil for Man and the earth is clear. To kill, to steal and to destroy (John 10:10). This can occur is diverse forms (disaster, conflict, sickness, diseases, poverty, lack etc) but its endgame is to kill, steal, and destroy. God’s will on other hand is good and excellent. Some of which are stated as “for I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers (3 John 1:2). These are few of God’s will and plans for your life. However, as I stated earlier, they don’t come to pass automatically without your consent and cooperation, and that brings me to my main point! That is, Prayer is a means of bringing Gods will to pass in our lives and on earth. As legal occupants of the earth, when we pray, we are aligning our wills to God’s will to enable his will manifest here on earth. In fact, when Jesus taught the disciples how to pray, in the prayer template he added “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth” (Matthew 6:10). This then tells us that God’s will won’t automatically come to pass on earth, we have to pray it into manifestation. In another instance, Jesus when speaking about potential souls to be won into the kingdom of God referred to this purpose of prayer… “Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Jesus described here that the people (harvest) to be saved are much, however the laborers (evangelists/believers) who will win them over into the kingdom are scarce. This in a nutshell is God’s will (saving people, see 1 Timothy 2:4, and 2 Peter 3:9). Hence, Jesus urged the disciples to pray in order for the will of God (sending laborers into the field for harvest) to come to past. There it is again! Evangelism which is also part of God’s will for our dying world is prayer dependent. This I believe establishes the fact that prayer helps birth God’s will here on earth and in our lives. Therefore, child of God, do you have any need or desire you are yet to see manifested? Take it to the place of prayer. Do you desire healing, financial breakthrough, restoration, or any miracle you know its God’s will for you? Take it to your heavenly father in prayer and assuredly you will see the manifestation.