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By   •   September 24, 2007   •   Topics: ,

Q:

Why should we bother to pray? After all, God already knows what He's going to do, so why bother to ask Him to do something when it's going to happen anyway?


A:

Can you imagine having a very good friend—but never talking to him? Of course not, because one of the most important (and happy) parts of any relationship is the privilege of talking with each other.

And the same is true of our relationship with God. When we open our hearts to Christ and commit our lives to Him, we become God’s friends—and one of our greatest joys is the privilege of talking with Him about everything. After all, that’s what prayer is—talking with God. Just as you can talk with a real friend about anything, so you can bring every concern and every joy to God in prayer. The Bible says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).

This is why it’s wrong to think that prayer is only asking God for something. Our prayers should include praise, and also thanksgiving for all the good gifts God gives us. Is thanksgiving a part of your prayers? If not, ask God to help you become a more grateful person. The Bible says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).

Does this mean we shouldn’t bring our concerns and burdens to God and ask Him to intervene? No, of course not. In ways we can’t fully understand, God uses our prayers to bring about His will. If you have never done so, ask Christ to come into your heart—for that is the most important prayer you can ever pray.

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15 Comments

  1. Victor opiyo says:

    Sometimes I wonder if were not for God where would I been, I really appreciate the fact that He has made everything possible for me, may His name remain above al names forever.

  2. Debambo Tunde says:

    What a joy to have the inspiration?hallelua!!

  3. PamelaGlaspie says:

    Every Day with JESUS is sweeter than the Day before! I am experiencing. a closer wslk with Jesus. I ask that I be given a clean heart. I love you Jesus. Pray that my walk with Jesus only STRENGTHENS!

  4. Jimmy Toqa says:

    I think Prayer keeps us more closer to God and that alerts us of Gods daily and ogoing program.

  5. Lori Elder says:

    Prayer is so Powerful! What a wonderful article.Thank you and may God bless you Abundantly above and Beyond

  6. Florence chana says:

    It’s awesome

  7. billy wagay chiaga. says:

    Its true you can’t have friend….not just a friend but a close friend then you fail to communicate, appreciate one another…so same apply to my and your relationship with Jesus Christ too. After making a relation ship with Him we are not suppose to just ask but also to thank as I have been reminded above. There is much more than asking praising and giving thanks but it is a way for my and our protection and also a way to maintain my relationship with Him. Be blessed…..

  8. Jesaya says:

    My Lord is helping me get closer to Him, I am experiencing changes in my life,, Thanks very much The Almighty, and thanks again for everything you are doing to me, I am full of joy everyday, Thank You Lord Jesus Christ.

  9. portia says:

    Amen, I love you jesus

  10. Robert Natale says:

    in relationship to the question why should we pray when God already knows the outcome? I understand why we pray and how important is an establishing in a relationship with God. my son in law was just diagnosed with cancer. Why should I pray for God to heal him when God already knows what’s going to happen?