In the last post we talked about what prayer is, and established that prayer is communicating with God. Now, we are going to talk about the purpose of prayer. Besides being obedient to God, prayer serves several purposes. Here are five reasons to pray:
Adoration: We pray to adore God. God is worthy of our praise and worship. Prayers of adoration truly honor God. Psalm 145 is a great example of adoration. David wrote in Psalm 145:1-2 “I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. He closes out the Psalm by saying “My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise His holy name for ever and ever.
Petition: We pray to make requests of God. If you want God to do something in your life, you need to ask. Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:6 to make our requests known to God by prayer and supplication. God wants us to ask of Him. Jesus said in Matthew 7:7 “ask, and it shall be given to you”.
Confession: We pray to confess our sins and seek forgiveness. In 1 John 1:9 we are told “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. Prayers of confession are so important because being in sin keeps us from optimal communication with God.
Intercession: We pray for others. In Ephesians 6:18 Paul said “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. We need to pray for each other and not just those we like or connect with. Jesus said in Matthew 5:44 to pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. Jesus interceded of His persecutors. He prayed to God “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”.
Thanksgiving: We pray to thank God. We have so much to be thankful for and God is truly worthy of our gratitude. We’re reminded in Psalm 100:4 to be thankful to God and bless His name.
We hope this post gives you insight into why we should pray. Our next post will be on how to pray. Until then, we will be praying for you.