Prayer is a vital component in our Christian walk. It is the means of communication where we can talk to God and share what is on our minds.
Through this channel of communication, we can tell Him exactly what is on our mind – our fears, our concerns, our wants, our needs.
Praying Strengthens Our Faith
Daily prayer also gives us a sense of peace and strengthens our Christian walk. We also have the assurance in God’s word that He hears and answer our prayers as He says in Isaiah 65:24 “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”
God has left us the perfect example of daily communion as while He traversed this earth, He found it necessary to seek the Father in prayer.
It is also important to note that Jesus Christ also spent time in solitude talking to the Father on a daily basis and this quality time in prayer provided daily empowerment and guidance in His earthly ministry.
Mark 1:35 says “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Mark 1:35.
Jesus also directed His disciples to seek the Lord daily in prayer and He also taught them how to pray. (see Mark 6:9-13)
Prayer Protects Us
Prayer provides peace and protection on a daily basis. In our daily activities, we are exposed to many dangers and the enemy is lurking around to destroy us.
When we seek the Lord in prayer, we become more peaceful knowing that God is there to guide and protect us and to help us when we face temptations.
We can always approach God as a trusted friend and He says “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7.
Praying Comforts Us
God wants to grant us daily comfort and peace and it is for this reason that His invitation is always open to us to always seek Him in prayer.
We are faced with many trials in life which can create a lot of stress and other illnesses.
Having a sense of guilt, shame and unforgiveness are also toxic to the body but thank God, through prayer, we can live free and forgiven which will result in a healthier and longer life.
The word of God reminds us to “…… Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” Luke 6:27-28.
Forgiveness is vital in communion with God as we are encouraged to confess our faults and forgive each other before seeking the Lord in prayer.
Prayer Heals, Restores And Delivers Us
Prayer provides healing, restoration, and deliverance. There are many accounts in the bible where persons petitioned God in prayer and they experienced victory.
The apostle Peter and Silas were locked up in prison and while they were in bondage, these men did not spend time in distress and self-pity, but they sang praises to God and prayed.
God heard their prayers and they were set free (see Acts 16:20 -28). In addition, the other prisoners were also blessed by their ministry.
We can bless each other through the privilege of prayer on a daily basis by praying with and for each other.
King Hezekiah was sick unto death and was told by the prophet Isaiah to put his house in order as death was imminent but “Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,” Isaiah 38:2.
God heard his prayers and his life was extended. Today, we serve the same God who is able to do more than we can ask or imagine.
We can call on Him in our times of distress, we can tell Him our fears. God rules over the affairs of the universe and nothing is too hard for Him.
The Psalmist David says “In my distress, I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. “Psalm 18:6
God Is Worthy Of Our Praise And Worship
God is worthy of our praise and in prayer, we can express our gratitude to Him. When we express gratitude through prayer, we will choose to focus on our many blessings and not our challenges.
This also gives us the calm assurance that we are never alone and the blessings of God will continue to be outpoured on us daily.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we are encouraged to “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
In daily thanksgiving to God, we will not become self-absorbed in just asking and receiving. God’s goodness and mercies are unfailing and we are the daily recipients of these wonderful blessings.
Tap into the tremendous benefits of daily communion and prayer with God. It doesn’t matter if your prayer is for yourself or if you’repraying for others.
Daily prayer allows us to charge our spiritual batteries so that we can be energized for each new day.
God is good and we can talk to Him anywhere we are, we can also meditate and seek His guidance as we ask Him each day to “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14
Did you stop to pray this morning?
Christians who pray daily experience a number of benefits.
Prayer strengthens their relationship with God, provides them with guidance and direction, and gives them a sense of peace.
Additionally, Christians who pray regularly are more likely to live according to God’s will and to make decisions that please Him.
Furthermore, prayer can also be used as a tool for intercession, and Christians who pray for others regularly can see God work in their lives in powerful ways.
In conclusion, there are many good reasons for Christians to make prayer a priority in their lives.
Those who do so are sure to be blessed in numerous ways.