Sometimes it can seem a bit pointless praying. I mean, doesn’t the bible tell us that God already knows all of our needs before we even ask? And he already knows how things are going to plan out, what decisions we’re going to make, even if what we’re praying for is something He wants us to have!
So why bother to get on your knees and have a conversation about it?
It can seem a bit pointless from that perspective. And when you’ve had a long day, you’re feeling tired, or there’s something good on telly you’d rather be watching, making time for prayer can become less of a priority.
But the thing is there’s a really big reason why it’s important for us to pray, and that is simply because it shows our faith in God, and he LOVES our faith!
By praying, we’re having a conversation with God, we’re choosing to communicate with Him and include Him in the different parts of our lives. As christians, our faith is about a relationship with God, rather than just religion and tradition, but nobody can have a decent relationship with someone without first a good line of communication.
It’s what helps to break down barriers between us and God and learn how to open up to Him. Prayer is a time where we can be honest and vulnerable before a father who loves us. In the same way that you feel closest to your friend who you share the most secrets with, the same goes for God. The more you share with Him, the closer you will feel toward Him.
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” – James 5:13
We also have to understand that we are called to pray, it’s part of honouring God, giving him the respect he deserves.
It isn’t a one-sided conversation, but an opportunity for you to let God speak into your life, an opportunity for you to thank him for what He has already done in your life, and give Him praise just because of who He is.
Imagine if your conversation with your parents was only ever asking them question after question… they give you your dinner and you ask what’s for desert. They drop you off at school and you ask them for money to go to the cinema later. They buy you the new shoes you wanted and you ask them if you can have the dress too. They would soon get really frustrated and not feel like you appreciate the things they do for you.
So why would we treat God that way?
By giving yourself time each day to speak to God you’ll find that you’ll learn to know Him better and enjoy being in his presence. Your prayers won’t just be long lists of requests, but real conversations that will help you grow in to the woman of God you’re destined to be!
“May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” – Psalm 141:2