Why Pray?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.—Ephesians 6:18

To be a growing Christian, you must have a prayer life. And what is prayer? Simply put, it is communicating with and listening to God.

There isn’t one method or one posture for prayer that is more legitimate than another. The main thing is to pray. Writing to the believers in Ephesus, the apostle Paul said, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” (Ephesians 6:18).

You can pray publicly. You can pray privately. You can pray verbally. You can pray silently. You can pray while you’re kneeling, standing, sitting, lying down, or even while you’re driving (but keep your eyes open). You can lift your eyes to heaven and pray, or you can close your eyes and bow your head and pray. You can pray in any position at any time in any place.

As we look in the pages of the Bible, we see Daniel praying in a lion’s den, David praying in a field, and Peter praying while he walked on the water—and while he was in the water. Jonah prayed from the belly of a whale. So surely God will hear your prayer wherever you are. The main thing is that you are always praying.

The apostle Paul told the Thessalonian Christians, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18). That means we should pray in the morning. We should pray in the afternoon. We should pray in the evening. We should pray when we rise. We should pray before we go to bed at night. We are to constantly pray and bring our needs before God. There is no substitute for prayer.

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Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.

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