The Pastor\’s Pen

An Independent Baptist Preacher\’s Musings and Observations

Why Pray?

Posted by Pastor Szekely on January 19, 2007

I know the title seems like an odd question…but do you know why you pray?

I’ve heard it said that “prayer changes things”…does it? Do the prayers that I pray or that you pray really change, for example, the mind of God? I don’t believe prayer changes God’s mind, but I do believe that prayer changes our mind; so therefore in this aspect, I would agree that prayer does change things…for us!

Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” [God is immutable – He’s unalterable – He’s unchangeable!]

1 John 5:14, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us”

James 4:3, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” [At times, God answers our prayers with a “No” – for our benefit!]

John 14:13, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” [*the ultimate end of our praying = that the Father may be glorified in the Son!]

Do you know why you pray? “The Lord commands me to pray”. Yes, that’s true, and that’s a very good reason to pray. Luke 18:1, “And he [Jesus] spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint”; Jeremiah 33:3, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”; Matthew 5:44; 6:5-9; 7:7-8; etc.

I like what Leonard Ravenhill said in his book, “Revival Praying“, page 124: “Prayer does not condition God; prayer conditions us. Prayer does not win God to our view; it reveals God’s view to us.” Friends, we pray because God wants us to – He desires our fellowship! We pray because prayer brings us into a closer fellowship with our God! We stress prayer because prayer is used to bring us to the knowledge of His will – for us and for others! God uses prayer to change us!

What is greatly needed at this moment? PRAYER! Before schooling, enter into the school of prayer. Before souls will be saved, saturate them and the laborers in supplication: “…The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest”. Before going to or having the meeting, meet with God in your prayer closet. Pray! Pray! Pray! Submit yourself unto God’s will. Enjoy the “sweet hour of prayer”. Pour out your soul unto Him. Come to the knowledge of His will for you. Pray in the Holy Ghost [“by the aid of” – Jude 20], be filled with [“controlled by”] the Spirit in prayer. Sow in tears, reap in joy, look for answers from God, pray believing, pray expectantly, but pray, pray, pray!

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