Why Pray?

After watching War Room, I stopped and evaluated my prayer life.  I prayed daily, but not to the full extent that I could have.  So after praying about this situation the Holy Spirit put this sermon on my heart and I want to share it with you.  I want everyone’s prayer life to improve! To do this, I want to share with you the importance of prayer and how to pray. If you are ready to take this small journey with me, lets begin.

When I think about prayer and its importance to us as Christians I think about Ephesians 6:18 and 2 Chronicles 7:14. Pllllease read them below so I can speak more about them after.

Ephesians 6:18

Pray in the Spirit at all times with every kind of prayer and request. Likewise, be alert with your most diligent efforts and pray for all the saints.

2 Chronicles 7:14

when my people humble themselves—the ones who are called by my name—and pray, seek me, and turn away from their evil practices, I myself will listen from heaven, I will pardon their sins, and I will restore their land.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God is telling His people how much He wants them to pray. He wants us to humble ourselves to Him and turn from our wicked ways to see His face. God wants every single one of us to turn from sin and our wickedness and fellowship with Him.  He will forgive us from our sins if we truly repent and he will heal not only our land but our lives as well.  Secondly in Ephesians 6:18, the bible tells us to pray to God for any and ALL occasions. He wants to hear from us all.  Both pray for thanksgiving for all that God has done in your lives and then for your petition.  What do you need His resolution for in your life.  This verse is also very clear on praying for all of the Lords people.  We are to be striving to be more Christ like and we must put others needs before our own and this is something everyone must remember.

Now that you know the importance of prayer in our lives and the lives of others, now I want to teach everyone how to pray.  In Matthew 6:7 it is very clear.  Please read the verse below.

Matthew 6:7-8

“When you are praying, don’t say meaningless things like the unbelievers do, because they think they will be heard by being so wordy.  Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

When we pray to God it should be very simple.  We are not supposed to babble on and ask God for specific resolutions like the pagans did in that time.  We are supposed to speak to God clearly and precisely.  First tell God thank you for all the positive things that he has done in your lives and then submit your prayer request. You must do this humbly and wholeheartedly. Remember that God knows what is in your heart and there is no tricking God.  If we have health issues then pray for supernatural healing that only He could do.  If you are having issues or friction with someone then ask Him for supernatural resolution in that situation.  Prayer is simple when done right and for the right reasons.

Now that we have spoken about the importance of prayer and how to pray, I leave it on your hearts to reflect upon yourself and work on your prayer life. I challenge each and every one of you to become prayer warriors! Pray for yourself, family and friends, for sinners and for those in unbelief.  God is always listening to our prayers and petitions and he loves to hear from us. So lets glorify Him and do what is commanded of us all.  I want to finish the sermon with a final bible verse on one of Paul’s prayers. I pray that you all have a blessed day!

Ephesians 1:17-20

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the most glorious Father, would give you a wise spirit, along with revelation that comes through knowing the Messiah fully. Then, with the eyes of your hearts enlightened, you will know the confidence that is produced by God having called you, the rich glory that is his inheritance among the saints, and the unlimited greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his mighty strength, which he brought about in the Messiah when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realm.

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