Praying

Prayer has does not add to the character of God. He doesn’t need our prayers to allow Him to be, or remain, as God. Prayer is for our benefit, that we can engage with God and enjoy His presence, and He also enjoys the praise and blessing of His people. God is not remote, but desires to draw near to His people and for them to bring their requests to Him. Jesus has come to bring a body of His people to heaven, where there is fellowship forever. He longs to have them in His embrace, and we long to be with Him also. Prayer is the bond we have with Him, even as we walk this world. His Spirit is with us and causes us to pray all kinds of prayers, for our benefit and His glory.

Prayer grows our spiritual life, and let’s us get to know God in a closer and closer way. It is the Christians daily breath, and it is on our tongues at all times. At times when we can’t pray, we have fellow Christians who pray for us. Prayer is a relationship with God and other Christian believers. It is crucial to our spiritual life.

When we are in need, we pray. When we are rejoicing, we pray…

Prayer changes everything, especially our hearts. To pray intercessory prayers gives us a better view of ourselves and other people. To lift our eyes to heaven is a privilege and a source of hope. We are heard and the answer will come at the right time. We persevere in prayers that the answer will be certain and we will know it is from God.

Prayer grows us up and makes us mature Christians. We pray in the name of our Saviour, Jesus. Keep praying, as we walk in step with our Lord Jesus.

2 thoughts on “Praying”

  1. I humbly and gently disagree. Though God doesn’t ‘need’ our prayers in the sense that He is somehow incomplete without them, He does very much deeply desire our prayers. Indeed it is so critical to our life that Jesus, in essence, breathed prayer the whole time He was on earth. Connection with the Father on an intimate, continual basis was the only way He lived. His example is to be our way of life too.

    If our prayers are simply benefiting us, to what end are they valuable to God? He created us for the very purpose of being intimate with Him and prayer is the very essence of that intimacy. If we simply see it as something that we alone benefit from then that is about self and singleness and not relationship. I do agree that prayer changes us, but it does so because it draws us closer and closer to the Father. The closer we get the more our ‘self’ nature is exposed. The more ‘self’ is exposed the more we can repent of it and become even closer to God. This is the cycle at the heart of prayer. That is what brings us to maturity.

    I thank you for your post but in essence you are wrong on a key point. Prayer benefits both us and God. If it were not so then prayer becomes just another religious duty. Far too many people already believe this and in so doing impoverish their own souls.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. The opening sentence, was too pointed. Maybe I was trying to point out that God does not need our prayers to give Him any value. He does desire prayer, and wants us to draw near to Him. We cannot manage without prayer, our prayers, or the prayers of others. As you say, we come close to God in prayer, and we grow in grace as we pray. Prayer is our breath, and is ready on our tongues always. When I can’t pray, others cover me. It is such a web of love and strength of God.
      I am grateful for your comment and value it.. I will amend the post..

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