Friday, May 8, 2009

Why Do We Need To Pray?

Yesterday was the national Day of Prayer. People all over the country met at their city hall or other public places and prayed for our country. I attended in our town.

I noticed there were less people this year than last. In a time of crisis in America, you would have thought there would have been more.

Why do we need to pray anyway?

Prayer is our means of communicating with God.
It's a time to tell God how we feel. It's a time to praise him and tell him how much we love him. How awesome that God almighty takes time to listen to us as we pour out our hearts to him!

God tells us to pray.
He tells us to ask and it shall be given to us, to seek and we will find, to knock and the door will be opened. What an invitation!

God acts when his children pray.
God always answers prayer. Through history he has intervened in mighty ways on behalf of his children (think Red Sea). While he may not answer on our timetable or the way we want, he can be trusted to hear and answer. We just need to be sure we are listening!

Prayer changes our hearts.
Prayer is not just about having God take care of our "needs" list. Often times, our hearts are changed toward another person or some plan we thought was right. As we pray, God can reveal what his perfect will is.

We are so blessed to be able to spend one on one time with God. Not just begging for things but spending time in his presence, getting to know him better, listening to him.

My husband said in a service this week, "We need to stop saying prayers and pray." There is a difference, you know.

We have been given a wonderful privilege. Let's take advantage of it!

Thanking God I can spend time with him in prayer, Gloria


Nancy I. Sanders said...

Thanks for the reminder, Gloria! In our city, there were twice as many people gathered to pray in front of city hall than before, it seemed. I was so blessed that our mayor introduced himself and said, "I just want you to know that Jesus Christ is my personal Lord and Savior." Isn't that awesome?!

Gloria McQueen Stockstill said...

Nancy, thanks for sharing about the attendance at your area National Day of Prayer. I admit, I found it very discouraging here. There were even fewer pastors in attendance! Good to know that was not the case everywhere!