Saturday, April 2, 2011

Why do we Pray?

Why do we pray? Is it simply to get things from God? George MacDonald suggests:

“What if God know prayers to be the thing we need first and most? What if the main object in God’s idea of prayer is a supplying of our great, our endless need-the need of Himself? Communion with God is the one need of the soul beyond all our need. Prayer is the beginning of that communion, of talking with God, a coming to one with Him, which is the sole end of prayer, yea of existence itself.”

God wants us for Himself. He desires fellowship with us. His purpose in prayers is not to make us sit up and beg. He wants us to know Him. Prayer is His method to accomplish this.

But sometimes when we pray we focus on the gifts in God’s hands and ignore the hand of God Himself. We pray earnestly for the new job, or for our health, or for that life partner, and He grants it to us, we are grateful but have little to do with the giver of the gifts and answered prayers. Often time we turn to speak with God during those difficult times in our lives, those crisis moments, but forget to talk with Him when all is well!

God offers us more than gifts and answered pray. He offers us Himself! Those other things are simply extra benefits, the icing on the cake. It is so easy to take the things out of the Father’s hand that we loose sight of the hand itself! We get so occupied with the blessings we forget about the Blesser! He wants us to enjoy talking with Him every day, developing fellowship with Him, not only when we are in trouble. Often times many of us treat Him just like we use our spire tire. We’re glad its there, but we never bother checking on it , but it is there tucked away it the trunk just in case we need it. We give no thought to it until we have a blow out. Then we expect it to be ready to perform.

God has made Himself known through His Son the Lord jesus Christ, who died on the cross and rose again to pay the penalty for our sins. If you don’t know Him as your Savior, go to him in prayer, confess your sin, and receive the forgiveness you need.

If you are a Christian don’t use your relationship with the Lord as a spare tire. Meet with Him daily through reading His Word and speak with Him often through prayer.

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