The Importance of Prayer


The Importance of Prayer
My spirit is crushed. I feel defeated and neglected. Our family is journeying through some really rocky territory and, honestly, I just don’t like it at all. Who likes going through the storm? No one. But I also know that it can either drive me away from God or draw me near. I choose to draw near and hold on with prayer.

How is your prayer life? Are you meeting Him and sharing your heart? Here are a few reasons why you should make sure it is on your to-do list everyday, all the time.

Importance of Prayer

Prayer is one of the most important things a Christian can do. It is a time they are communicating with God and it should be taken very seriously. While there is deep theological meaning in prayer, it doesn’t have to be something that is complicated and difficult. It’s something anyone can do anywhere at any time.

Drawing Near to God

It’s impossible to know someone if you don’t spend time with them. Prayer is an opportunity to spend time with God. To really understand the heart of God, you need to pray. In John 15:15, Jesus says He no longer calls us his servants, but calls us His friends. Talking with God develops a deeper relationship with Him. The deeper the relationship becomes, the more time you want to spend with Him. In 1 Corinthians 3:9, God calls us His fellow workers. How can we be His fellow workers if we refuse to talk to Him?

Prayer Brings Light to Darkness

Sometimes we forget just how powerful prayer is. We aren’t fighting against something imaginary. Our prayers are fighting against spiritual battles that linger in dark places. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” The power of prayer is so great it has the power to defeat the devil and his power over us. He wants to destroy us, but God wants to bring us closer to Him. Prayer is our tool to win that battle. Prayer gives us the strength and the faith to finish the race victorious.

Prayer Changes Us

We often think prayer changes God. This simply isn’t the case. Prayer changes us. When we spend time with God, He is working to change our heart to be more like His. The more time we spend with Him, the more we are like Him. Our habits and lifestyles change. We no longer live a self-centered life, but one that is focused on others with a pure and sincere heart. Prayer changes us inside out.

Prayer Protects

Protection is ours just for the asking. We need to pray for protection for our loved ones every day. Pray for loved ones by name, one by one. You can never pray too much for one person. Sometimes it helps to make a list of all the people that you need to pray for each day. Doing this not only offers us protection, but also sets a great example for our children.

Do you pray daily for your husband and children for protection?

Prayer Brings Breakthroughs in Life

One of the most important aspects of prayer in your life is the breakthroughs that come. Sometimes we are faced with devastating circumstances and feel we have nowhere to turn. It’s at that point we should pray (although there should have plenty of prayer beforehand, too). Fasting and praying is powerful, too. Sometimes you need a message from God and you need to be solely focused on Him to get it. It may be painful during the prayer and waiting process but once you receive it you will be so happy you sought Him. While you wait, you can also sing praise songs, read the Bible, or anything else that brings you closer to Him. Even if the breakthrough doesn’t happen that day, you will receive the strength and the grace to carry on. Eventually you will receive an answer to your prayers, or a peace about waiting longer. When you look back over this time you will most likely see it as some of the most spiritually rich time of your life.

Do you need a breakthrough today?

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  • Jessica

    I just came across your site and I think you are amazing. Whatever it is that you are going through please know that I am praying for you right now.

  • I am humbled – thank you for your kind words and your prayers. I so appreciate it!

  • Wonderful post. Thank you.

  • Karen

    Susan, I’m so sorry to hear that you’re going through difficult times. Please know that you have a prayer warrior in Colorado praying for you and your family:)

  • Thank you Karen – I so appreciate it!

  • Susan
    You are a light to so many! I pray that His light pierces through whatever darkness is present in your life right now. I know you have whatever it takes to get through your situation because God says so! Romans 8:11 And you’ll come out the other side of it having learned something He knew you needed. I pray that you continue to focus on His eternal perspective in regard to your circumstances. Thank you for these great reminders and tips about prayer 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

  • I have read so many resources over the past couple of years about prayer as I have sought to develop and deepen my prayer life. But the bottom line for me has been to recognize prayer as conversation with God. It is no more mysterious or complicated than that. It is the same as what is needed to sustain any important relationship in my life. And I feel so nourished by it! Someone once said, basically, what would be left in your life if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday? It is an eye-opening consideration!

  • veni

    Hi Susan- thank u for restoring our faith in God- I am not a Christain but I believe there is only one God n we call him by diff names- I pray for Gods Grace n Love to you- Take care

  • Ujjvala

    Dear Susan,
    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful article about prayer. It was truly inspiring. I as a Christian do understand the importance of prayer but many a times I failed to keep it consistent in my daily life. Sometimes I become lazy just not to pray and fell prey in Satan’s hands. But thank you so much for rejuvenating my faith.
    God bless you.

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