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Here’s a rather intriguing set of questions we covered a few years back but will be reviewing this week because they’re so really very incredibly important:
I struggle with the whole concept of prayer.
My questions are: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
- To whom should we pray? God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit? All of them at once? Jesus’ mom? Dead relatives? Someone else?
- What should we pray? If God already knows how things turn out, what am I supposed to pray? If I don’t say the right things, will God zap me?
- Where should we pray? Does it matter? Do prayers in church count more? Do I need to clean out a closet and make a little prayer room? Do I kneel? Do I stand? Do I face a certain direction?
- When should we pray? Should I stick to rushed repetitive prayers at meals and bedtime like some Christians? Or should we stop everything like other religions and pray three times a day to make sure we get ’em in?
- Why should we pray? If God truly controls the universe, why does he need my input?
- How should we pray? Assuming there are satisfactory answers to all of the above, then exactly HOW should we pray? Is there some magic formula?
Awesome questions. Let’s start with WHY: Why on earth should we pray? To me, if that isn’t answerable, we might as well be atheists.
Here are GUWG’s official …
TOP TEN REASONS TO PRAY
10. Jesus prayed. (John 17)
9. It works. (Matthew 21:21-22)
8. God listens. (Psalms 5:1-3)
7. God responds. (Matthew 7:7-11)
6. It deepens our relationship with God. (Psalms 1-150)
5. It brings us peace. (Philippians 4:6-7)
4. It helps us avoid temptation. (Matthew 6:13)
3. It gives us a chance to confess our sins. (Matthew 6:14-15)
2. It shifts our focus to God, “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask.” (Ephesians 3:20)
And the number one reason to pray (in my humble opinion) …
1. God tells us to. (1 Timothy 2:1)
Tune in tomorrow for a discussion of the WHO of prayer. In the meantime, read each of the verses cited above and then pray pray pray pray pray.
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