By   •   September 24, 2007   •   Topics: ,


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?


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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  1. Rosalie Grimm says:

    I agree. Prayer is the most important thing in my day.

  2. Alan says:

    I have MANY TIMES asked this same question !! What is the point in asking GOD for a specific something, or someone, if HE is only going to do what HE wants anyways !! Absolutely, it IS important to talk with GOD, and to give HIM Praise and Thanksgiving for our Blessings, and even in trials it is good to Thank HIM because there is usually a lesson to be learned.

  3. Jean Dodds says:

    Thank You !!

  4. lemyson says:

    It is true we talk to god as a friend

  5. marilyn malone says:

    I am a christian but need help on this situation. I have a grandson on drugs and wondering if God will answer my prayer for him to get sober since it’s me asking and not him…thanks

    1. Anonymous says:

      We do not know how He will answer prayer, but He loves all those He created and wants the best for them. No matter who is praying, the one struggling or the one praying for one struggling, He hears and provides. His will for such situations has two outcomes: He will deliver you from trials or allow you to go through them and equip you and be with you through it all. I realize this comment is two years old, but for any hurting for a loved one, look to God for strength and encouragement, and be His light to that loved one, reflecting the love he has for us to them and showing them light when all else is dark.

  6. blessing anyaeji says:

    This advice is great,we pray that His mercy will always locate us.

  7. alex says:

    You really make me to understand what prayer is all about & y we need to pray.

  8. Hamza muhammed bk says:

    Oh god fufill my desired nd make my life beautiful,AMEN ND AMEN

  9. Hamza muhammed bk says:

    Am always love you all my friends,and i hope you love me too ?

  10. Ipolita Sanchez says:

    Thank you Lord Jesus, I tell you everything for only you can give me the right answer and right way. There is no flaw in You but victories.!!