Thursday, July 26, 2007

Why should we pray?

“Since the power of prayer is in the One Who hears it and not the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” ~ Max Lucado in He Still Moves Stones

“Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.” ~ John Bunyan

We are commanded to pray.

Jesus gave us an example.

(If Jesus, the very Son of God, felt a need to be in communion with the Father, then surely we humans need it even more.)

Prayer shows our dependence on God. (John 15:5)

We are priests between the lost and God.

God acts in response to prayer.

  • Moses prayed for the people to be spared and God spared them. (Exodus 32:7-14)

  • Elijah prayed for no rain and it didn’t rain for three years, not until he then asked for rain. (James 5:17-18)

  • Hannah prayed for a son and received him. (1 Samuel 1)

  • David prayed for forgiveness and God gave it. (Psalm 51)

  • Jonah prayed for mercy and received it. (Jonah 2)

  • Peter prayed that Tabitha would be raised from the dead, and she was. (Acts 9)

  • God offers the same to us. (See Psalm 37:4, Matthew 21:22, and James 5:16)

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