Why Pray?

person praying with hands on a Bible

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. (John 14:1)” This is how Jesus began what we know as the opening to the 14th chapter of the book of John. 

You may rightly ask, “How can our hearts not be troubled when the whole world seems to be upside down?” But before you even ask this question, you already know the answer. We can find solace in Jesus, and we do find comfort in the very next statement that Jesus made. In John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” 

Not Our Final Destination

Thankfully, this world is not our final destination. In this world, we will have troubles. Jesus told us, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Now you may wonder, “why pray” if it’s inevitable that we will have troubles. I’m glad you wondered that. 😉

Jesus taught us how to pray (Matthew 6:9-13). Jesus taught us to ask, to seek, and to knock (Matthew 7:7–8) so that we might receive good gifts from our Father in heaven. And Jesus taught us to be persistent in prayer (Luke 18:1-8). Therefore, God’s will is for us to pray and for Him to answer prayers. Within the sovereign will of God, there are actions that He will only do if a person or a people ask it of Him. 

Join In

It’s rather staggering to consider. We come before the God of all creation to ask Him to intervene in situations, and if we ask within His will, He does! That is unfathomable love. Let’s not miss any opportunities to ask God for His help.

If you wonder how to pray, there’s a great answer on GotQuestions.org.

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