Why Do Believers Pray?

1) The Bible instructs us to pray. Matt. 5:44; 6:6; Rom.12:12; 1 Thess. 5:17; James 5:16
2) Jesus prayed regularly, and we should follow his example. Luke 3:21; 5:16; 6:12; 9:18, 28; 11:1; and John 17
3) Prayer is how we communicate with God. Through prayer, we can worship and praise God, confess our sins, and repent of them. We can also submit our requests, learn God’s will, and seek His help. Phil. 4:6; 1 Thess. 5:16-18
4) Through prayer, God allows us to participate in His work. Prayer plays a part in bringing others to faith in Christ. Prayer can heal nations and grant us strength to endure trials. 2 Chr. 7:14; Matt. 9:37-38; Col. 4:3-4; Heb. 4:15-16
5) Prayer gives us power over evil. Physical strength is of no use in the spiritual realm. But even the physically weak can be strong in prayer. Matt. 26:41; Mark 9:29; 1 Tim. 4:8
6) Prayer is always available to us. Nothing can keep the believer from coming before God in prayer. Nations may condemn and forbid God’s Word, but prayer is unstoppable. Ps 139:7; Rom 8:38-39
7) Prayer keeps us humble before God. Through prayer we realize that God is in control, and we can do nothing apart from Him. Jer. 32:17; John 15:5; Rom. 8:28
8) Prayer grants us the privilege of experiencing God. Prayer gives us an experiential basis for our faith. Gen. 18:1-33; John 14:16-17
9) Answered prayer has the potential to be an incredible witness to unbelievers. Skeptics will always have criticisms and doubts regarding answered prayer, but some will see the power of God at work and, as a result, may be drawn to Christ. Col. 4:3; James 5:16

Prayer strengthens the bonds between us as believers. James 5:16 and 1 John 5:15-16 instruct us to pray for and to confess our sins to one another. Through this process, we come to better understand the needs of others and are better able to empathize with them.

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