When my daughter was still a toddler, she came up to us wanting permission to do something. We asked her, “Why should we let you do that?” She proceeded to hold up her clenched little fist, and say, “You see this. I’ll give you 5 good reasons!” Where she got that, we’ll never know, but the point was clearly made.
Today in our family, we always joke about needing five good reasons before doing something. And there really is something to that, because reasons are the “why” we should do something. When we have the “why” factor settled in our minds, following through is easy!
5 Simple Reasons for Prayer
Let me give you five simple motivating reasons, or “why’s” to help move you to a pray:
Prayer helps you build a strong relationship with Jesus (Ephesians 3:14-19).
Christianity is not just a bunch of rules that we must follow. It is all about our relationship with Jesus. Prayer is part of the communication process that this relationship is built upon.
Prayer helps you overcome temptation (Luke 22:39-41).
We often wait until it is too late… we pray when we are already facing consequences of having succumbed to temptation. What if the church began to prayer before giving in? Jesus knew that temptations that would fall on the disciples at his capture and crucifixion, and He tells them to pray “that they might not enter into temptation.”
Prayer helps you determine God’s will (Luke 6:12-16).
What? Pray about choices? Sure, we pray so that our “wills” line up with the Lord’s. Sound judgment comes from Him (2 Timothy 1:7).
Prayer accomplishes the work of God (John 14:12-14).
Read this passage. It is supercharged! We “will” do greater works than Jesus did! This is followed by this… “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” What a motivation to pray if you are involved in any kind of ministry!!!
Prayer is a weapon in spiritual warfare (
Ephesians 6:10-20). I love how this passage ends with prayer. It says, “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints, and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.” We are more than conquerors in Christ!
Remember, prayer is not just a simple shopping list delineating the things we want. Instead, it has everything to do with our spiritual lives; our walk with Christ, beating sin, finding direction in fulfilling ministry, and living a victorious life. Don’t settle for less than you were created for… and prayer is a huge part of that!
Struggling? Need Direction? … Try Prayer!
If you’re wondering why you might be struggling.. or can’t find direction… or never see others come to Christ, then consider getting back to this most basic of Christian disciplines. Make an obedient decision to pray… no matter what. No more excuses! Why don’t you start right now? I think you’ll be glad you did.
What has been your biggest obstacle to prayer? And… What has been your most exciting answer to prayer?