Prayer is an essential part in the life of a Christian, yet so many never really take advantage of this privilege we have been given to commune with our Father. We often neglect the necessity of prayer because we don’t always feel the willingness to pray. We shouldn't be trying to fit prayer in our lives; our lives should be tailored off of prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.” There should be a consistency in our conscious for our dependence upon the Spirit. Our behavior towards prayer should always reflect an untiring need to constantly be in God’s presence. I believe our motivation gets lost in the duty of prayer. The responsibility and obligation it takes to pray requires work, but as any area in life you want to grow it will require work, dedication, passion, commitment, faithfulness, and determination. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). If we want to see the benefits that prayer can yield then we must exercise our faith to pray.
Faith should be our motivation to pray. Faith is the key in our relationship with Christ (Hebrew 11:6) and prayer is the vehicle that builds that relationship (Proverbs 8:17).
Prayer is where we draw closer to Him, it’s where we learn to receive and experience His love for us (Ephesians 3:17-19).
Prayer is where we can embrace him, talk to him, cry out to him and He in return He listens to us and ministers to our needs (Psalm 18:6).
Prayer is where He keeps our life in alignment with His will. It’s where God communicates with us, where we receive spiritual insight, wisdom, understanding, knowledge, instructions and guidance (Jeremiah 33:3).
Prayer is where we can repent and be forgiven, changed, and restored (Psalm 51).
Prayer is where we find peace in God. It's where we experience rest and solitude from the cares and worries of life (John 14:27).
Prayer is the engine to our promises. It’s the starting process of manifestations; it is the power of prayer that put in motion the promises of God. The bible says, “you do not have, because you do not ask (James 4:2 ESV). There is no release from heaven if there is no plea from earth.
Prayer cause supernatural movement on earth. When we pray, we have to have faith that our petition can attract supernatural response. When Paul and Silas was in prison they prayed, and caused an earthquake (Acts 16:25-26). Never negate the power behind prayer.
The enemy doesn’t want us to pray because demons are defeated in prayer, sin and temptation is overcome in prayer, victory is won is prayer, it where we are strengthened, and clothed for battle. Satan distracts us from praying because it is the battleground where he loses (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
Don't look at prayer just as a duty Christians must oblige to but also as a privilege (it's something we've been given a special right to do) that we have been given through Christ where we can engage with The Almighty God. We can take joy and delight that we get to partnership with Him and fulfill His purposes on earth through us. God is waiting on your prayers to move on earth!
Prayer helps us; it works to our advantage!