While most Christians practice prayer, the act of praying is not something we fully understand. Have you ever questioned why you should pray or how God hears your prayers? You are not alone. But we can be assured that there is purpose and power behind our prayers.
As mysterious as it may be, God allows our prayers to influence and accomplish His will on earth. It is one of the ways He has chosen to involve us in His eternal plan. We may not understand every aspect of how our prayers may affect things, but God has told us to pray (1 Tim. 2:1-4, 1 Thess. 5:17, Matt. 6:5-13), and we can trust that God would not ask us to do something unless it is vital to His purpose.
We also know that prayer opens hearts. This is because prayer is a form of trusting God. When we pray we are showing trust in His word – that He hears us, and that our prayers matter to Him. A life filled with prayer signifies a lifestyle of building a relationship with God, and a relationship with God will inevitably transform us. We become increasingly loving, faithful, forgiving, patient, disciplined, and kind.
Finally, God tells us that prayer does work! Matthew 7:7-8 says
Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
The passage goes on to say that like a good father, God will give to his children everything they need. But we must be persistent. Don’t give up continue to trust in God! Even when it seems as if He is not listening or answering – He is and He will.
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