Prayer is one of the most important factors within a Christians faith. Having a passionate prayer life leads to closer intimacy with God. Because of the intimacy that is brings, many people fail to understand that a lack of praying often results in a distant heart from the Lord because of the intimacy that is brings. Christians’ should all be pushing each other into a deeper relationship with Christ. Prayer can also help Christ follows give their burdens to Christ and realize the power of God in their life. Also, praying for others brings together the Christian community.
In Timothy Keller’s book called Prayer, he states,
“Prayer is both conversation and encounter with God. . .. We must know the awe of praising his glory, the intimacy of finding his grace, and the struggle of asking his help, all of which can lead us to know the spiritual reality of his presence.”
Prayer is a conversation with Jesus. Christians should strive to always be in conversation with Jesus. It helps them to have a godly mindset instead of a worldly one. In addition, it helps them to remember the mission of the Gospel and the need for salvation. Lastly, the importance of prayer is stated throughout scripture:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Matthew 6:6 “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
It is easy for people to tell themselves they do not have time for prayer. In todays’ world being busy is praised and having rest and prayer is not. Although all people are busy, Christians’ should always make time in their day where they come to the Father and pray.
Through being faithful in prayer, Christ followers will be surprised by the ways God reveals Himself. They should praise Jesus in the good and the bad times, because in both He is very much present.
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