I am a just a woman who believes that God exists. I am a born-again Christian, who is in the same boat as other fellow Christians who are on the same journey to find out more about their Creator, to live the life that we have been called to live, and experience the Love, Mercy, Grace, and Fellowship of God through our Lord Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit. As a part of my Christian walk, I have come to acknowledge the importance of prayer and its effectiveness that can be in someone’s life. Since prayer is a setting point to release miracles and other blessings in our lives, one of the best things you can do for yourself everyday is to take time to pray, even if it’s for five minutes. Pray for yourself, loved ones, your day, your health, job, business, goals, dreams, future, and so forth. And I will tell you why praying is important and it is for our own benefit.
- It gives us peace
In the Bible, in the book of Philippians chapter 4, verses 6 and 7, reading from New International Bible version, it says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Have you ever been to a concert before or a sort of event where before the performers or participants start to perform or present something, behind the scenes they will be joining hands and praying for the performance to go well. And if they were nervous after they have said their prayers, usually their nervousness immediately goes away, and they would be ready for action, to make things happen. That’s what prayer does; it gives us peace. After we pray and committed our worries maybe for our days, daily activities, or for the decisions we have to make, and ask God our Creator and present helper to help us, it relaxes us. The act of praying and trusting God that He cares for us and our concerns, releases our worries, frees us, and helps us become calmer, and peaceful.
- It increases our expectations
In the same Bible, in the book of Mark chapter 11 verses 24 and 25, Jesus said that “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
There is something amazing about prayers, because after we pray our expectations for what we prayed for increased. When we pray and believe, we release our faith and let it what we have prayed be done according to what we believe. The Bible has several scriptures and Bible passages that promise God answers prayers. Since our God is a God of faith, therefore the way we ask in prayer and receive the answers to our prayers is through faith.
By the way, what is faith? One definition is found in the book of Romans chapter 10 verse 17; it says that “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ.” Another definition is in the book of Hebrews chapter 11 verse 1, it says that “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
After we pray, we usually become more confident and expectant. Our expectations increase, therefore our confidence levels and faith increase also. There is this saying that says ‘we get what we expect.’ In that case we have no better choices other than expecting good things to happen. We need to train ourselves to hope for the best, and expect good for ourselves as well as for others.
- Because God answers prayers…
Well, let’s just say most prayers do get answers. We all have experienced this somehow in our lives.
Do you remember the ‘A.S.K’ famous Bible passage from the book of Matthew chapter 7 verse 7 and 8? Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
But there is also this Bible passage in the book of James chapter 4 verses 2 and 4 that says,” You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” My point for sharing this Bible passage is that the starting point of an answered prayer is actually asking. You do not have because you do not ask God.
And there could be also a lot of reasons why some of our prayers are not answered. Perhaps we have no faith; we doubt or give up early before we could actually see the manifestation of our answered prayers. Some of our prayers require more time; maybe God has to prepare, teach, train, and prune us first in order to receive what we have asked Him for. Or maybe God needs to arrange things for us first. So there could be a delay, and all it means is that we need to be more patient. But also, if we have prayed with wrong motives, and God knows the consequences of the answered prayer therefore the answer maybe no. But if our prayer requests are with right motives, and the timing is right, then the only thing that is holding us back to make things happen could be ourselves, maybe because we have doubts, or we are nervous, and so on.
In the book of Corinthians chapter 1 verse 20, it says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
If you are seeking for clarity for something about something in your life, then pray. If you are worrying about something, then pray. If you need God’s guidance and direction, then pray. If you have goals, plans, and dreams you would like to see them come true, pray, ask God for help, and commit them to God. The Bible says when we pray and ask for God’s help, not only He establishes our plans, but He also guides our steps.
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