When we pray, it is not so that we can get what we want from God. Rather, prayer is a way to connect with Him and realign our hearts with His.
Prayer is one of the most important aspects of our lives as followers of Jesus, and it should not be taken lightly. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of prayer and how it can benefit us in many ways!
Prayer is not something we should only do at church or during Bible study. It’s something we can do every single day. Like any relationship, if you don’t spend time with that person the relationship will suffer. Prayer is a way for us to spend time with God. It is a way to connect with Him and align our hearts with His.
When we pray, we are inviting God into our lives and asking for His guidance. And if you’re anything like me, I NEED His guidance every day!
The importance of prayer
Prayer is important because it helps us to stay close to God.
When we pray, we are opening up our hearts to Him and He is able to work in us and through us. Prayer also helps us to grow in our relationship with God.
The more we talk and spend time with someone the more we get to know them. The same thing happens when we spend time in prayer connecting with God. The more time we spend talking to Him, the closer we will become!
The Bible says in James 4:8, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (NKJV).
I can recall multiple times in my own life moments in prayer where I pressed into His presence (drawing near) and felt His peace that surpasses all understanding.
Prayer helps me focus on what truly matters. Prayer is important because it helps us see life through a heavenly lens! Recently, I lost a student in my youth group. It’s been hard and it’s been difficult navigating how to love on and minister to our students who are also hurting. Prayer has been a lifeline for me during this time. It’s allowed me to connect with God, hear Him, and feel His comfort while our church and community walk through grief.
Paul writes in Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (NKJV).
Prayer is important because it positions us to receive God’s peace that surpasses all understanding. In life’s hardest moments (and even in the good times), prayer helps me stay focused on what’s close to God’s heart!
Ways prayer can benefit us in our daily lives
I know I’ve already mentioned numerous ways prayer is important, but here are 10 ways prayer can benefit us in our daily lives:
1. Prayer can help us focus on what is important.
2. Prayer can help us to stay hopeful in dark times.
3. Prayer can help us feel connected to God on a deeper level.
4. Prayer can help us deal with difficult emotions and situations.
5. Prayer can help us find comfort and peace.
6. Prayer can help us develop a stronger relationship with God.
7. Prayer can help us become more compassionate people.
8. Prayer can give us strength during difficult times.
9. Prayer can help keep our minds and thoughts clear.
10. Prayer is a way of communicating with Jesus and asking for guidance and support in our lives.
Here’s the thing, prayer can only do any of that (and more) because of who Jesus Christ is! He’s the One who can help you focus, find peace, comfort, healing, strength, purpose and so much more. Prayer is important if we want to grow deeper in our walk with Jesus.
Just like how talking with a friend or family member helps you connect and grow closer, prayer is communication with God and allows us to grow closer to Him!
Thank God for prayer!
Prayer for today:
Lord, teach us to pray today! Teach us how to commune with you in prayer and show us what we can do to spend more time in prayer today than yesterday. Thank You, Lord! Amen!
This post originally appeared at Think Eternity. used with permission.