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Why Pray

Here is an interesting thought: “God knows everything. He knows what I need and He knows what’s going to happen. Why should I pray?” You may have heard this question or thought some variation of it yourself. The answer to the question, “Why pray?” is an important one for the Christian. We need to answer it for our own prayer life and we need to be able to answer it for those who don’t yet know the God we love.

First let’s talk about what prayer is. Prayer develops our relationship with God our Creator. We pray for communication with God. As we communicate we allow Him to change our hearts – our wants and desires - so that they align with His. When we pray and pour out all of our anxieties and fears, we allow God to instill His supernatural peace within us. (Philippians 4:6) We develop trust that our Heavenly Father’s will for us is right in every circumstance. And because of this trust we know that He answers our prayer.

Prayer evolves.
We begin by asking for things or for direction in a certain circumstance. We may not see the answer but we go our way glad that we consulted God.

As we continue to pray, we develop a more comfortable relationship and start telling Him about our concerns and about the blessings.

Prayer continues to evolve. Besides regular quiet time appointed for specific, heartfelt prayer, it is a constant communication with the One who designed us, knows us inside and out, and who we trust and know for certain wants the very best for us. (Romans 8:28) Prayer becomes as natural as breathing out and breathing in. We are developing that close relationship that God meant for us from the beginning of time when He walked with Adam in the garden.

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