Prayer Can Change Your Life- Week 4

Posted on October 11, 2010

Is Prayer Important?

That’s a question we might ask ourselves occasionally. And the next question could be, “If prayer is important, to whom is it important?” The Word of God, the Bible, teaches that our prayers are important to God. The following verses are a few examples. In I Thessalonians 5:17 we are told to “Pray continually.” “Jesus told His disciples. . .that they should always pray and not give up” in Luke 18:1. Ephesians 6:18 instructs us, “Pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. . .” Our on-going conversations with God in the form of prayer appear to be an important part of our relationship with Him. God surely must cherish those times when He hears our prayers, whether in praise to Him or whether we are praying for matters such as a sick child, a troubled relationship, our church, a problem with which we are struggling, or a multitude of other things related to our human experience.

Is it likely, then, that prayer is important to us, too, possibly for multiple reasons? We live in a busy, stressful, loud world. Taking time to pray is a form of meditation, which studies have shown to be physically and spiritually beneficial to us. Prayer connects us to God, the majestic God of the universe, in a profoundly personal way. Author Max Lucado states in his book, The Great House of God, that “The power of prayer. . .does not depend on the one who makes the prayer but on the one who hears the prayer.”  According to Jeremiah 33:3, God hears, He listens, and He answers. “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” What has been your experience with prayer? Has God become more real to you through your prayer conversations with Him?

Pat Bartow

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