The Necessity of Prayer
““Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 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 7:7–11)
Prayer is often misunderstood and misused, with the focus on self and demanding things from God. In reality, it is an integral part of the Christian life where we can communicate with the Lord and praise him. Praying to the Lord and recognizing Him for who He is and what He has done is an act of worship.
Christ prayed quite often, as seen in scripture. Payer was an essential part of his ministry, and it was His connection to the Father. In all the things Jesus encountered, prayer prepared, sustained, and strengthened him. For us, it is essential as he is our example to follow. In following in his footsteps, we need to be following his example. In doing such, we become more like Jesus, and we will find that prayer works to change us.
Prayer is not an option for the Christian. Christ says, “And when you pray…” (Matthew 6:5). Not if you pray. What are some of the benefits of prayer?
· It changes our focus – Away from here on earth to God above.
· It brings us closer to God – communication with God builds our relationship with him.
· It brings us into God’s Presence – The veil was torn, and we now have access to God.
· It helps to calm us – in a world full of anxiety, it can restore our peace.
· It brings about change – It changes us, teaching us it is not all about self.
Prayer is one aspect of surrendering to God and placing your trust in Him.