One of the biggest gifts from God is the power of prayer. But you may be thinking why? What is the importance of prayer and why is it special? Why is it a gift? Does it really make a difference in my life?
And the short answer to all these questions is a big YES! Prayer is important because it is a gift from God. It also makes a huge difference in your life.
The Power of Prayer
Oftentimes we think of prayer as something we do before eating or bed, maybe a quick prayer in the morning to start your day. However, prayer is something we can be engaged in at all times of the day. Prayer doesn’t have to be done on your knees by the bedside. You can pray in your car, in the shower, your living room, at work, outside, a special place in your home, the closet, on a walk, anywhere you want! Prayer is your time to spend building a relationship with God. It is direct contact with the Lord where we can listen for His guidance and ask for His help. Prayer transforms your heart in ways we can’t even imagine.
Prayer is not meant to be something you only rely on when chaos strikes. It is an ongoing relationship that you are building with Christ to transform your heart and align your life with God’s will for you. As a New Believer, prayer is crucial in growing in your relationship with God. We’re going to look at 5 reasons why prayer is so important and scriptures on the importance of prayer.
1. First and foremost, God commands us to pray
Even though God knows what’s on our hearts and minds, we are still commanded to pray. God wants us to acknowledge our sin to Him. He wants us to come boldly and humbly before Him to ask for His help.
Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
Matthew 6:8 “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
2. Secondly, Jesus prayed and taught the importance of prayer
If the Son of Man, God Himself in human form, prayed on a consistent basis, we should too. Jesus is our example of what living for God’s will is. He was sinless and yet he still prayed on many occasions. Jesus prayed when he was baptized (Luke 3:21), when he was alone (Luke 5:16), for miracles (John 6:11), all night (Luke 6:12), and for God’s will to be done (Matthew 26:39). He also taught us the Lord’s prayer (See Matthew 6:9-13).
3. Third, it is our direct line of communication with God
Like I said at the beginning, the importance of prayer is that it’s our lifeline to God. It is what God gives us to become intimately acquainted with Him. It is an expression of your dependence on God and, also, an affirmation of God’s promise to you for spiritual power.
Jeremiah 29:12 “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.”
4. Fourth, it provides an opportunity for thanks, praise, thanksgiving, confession of sin and requests for self and for others
Showing gratitude begins by acknowledging who God is and what he has done. A grateful spirit and thankful heart are an integral part of the holy life. An attitude of gratitude will bring to your heart a host of blessings and make you a channel of blessing to others. Genuine praise must flow from your heart even during times of sorrow, discouragement, trial, and temptation. Praise brings God joy and glory. Confession is a necessary part of reconciliation and restoration. As a New Believer, it’s important to confess your sins and profess faith in Christ, then God will faithfully and justly forgive your sin and cleanse unrighteousness. It is an essential part of building a relationship with God.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Acts 3:19 “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”
James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
5. It’s your greatest weapon against the Enemy, aka Satan
When you praise God and pray to Him in Jesus’ name, you are showing the heavenly hosts, powers, principalities, demons of darkness, and angels of light that your great God is worthy of praise and that you are a child of God. If the enemy is scared of anyone, it’s of the Lord Jesus Christ. He defeated Satan at the cross and when you show allegiance with Him, the devil squirms in his boots.
This is why when you feel attacked by Satan, the best thing you can do is start to pray. Command in the name of Jesus Christ that God rebukes him and to leave you alone. I have done this many times, because as a New Believer, Satan will try anything to tempt you and turn you away from God. Nothing makes him angrier than losing another soul to God. So, be aware of Satan’s schemes and use prayer to protect and shield you from his evil grasp.
Scriptures on the importance of prayer as a weapon:
1 Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3 “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”
1 John 5:19 “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”
John 17:15 “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”
1 John 5:18 “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.”
Psalm 18:30 “God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection”
The Importance of Prayer Challenge
I pray that this clears things up for you and explains the importance of prayer. Will you be making prayer a daily priority (and not just when trials strike)? I’d love to hear from you about how your experience with prayer has changed your relationship with Christ!
Leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Can’t wait to hear from you!