Why Pray?

Sunday, December 3                            

There was a time when I wondered why I should pray.  One, God knows all things.    He knows the needs of every person on this planet.  He doesn’t need a finite, biased, sinful creature to tell him what he already knows.  Two, God is quite capable of dealing with any and all problems.  His wisdom and power are beyond human understanding.  He can do whatever he chooses in a moment of time.  Three, God loves every human being.  He “is not willing that any should perish” nor suffer without cause.  I can’t match that!  So why should I pray?  It took me a long time, but I think I finally have an answer.  He loves me and wants to commune with me.  His desire is my happiness.  I ran across a statement by D.A. Carson in his book Praying with Paul  (p. 15) that touches on this.  “. . . effective prayer is the fruit of a relationship with God, not a technique for acquiring blessings.”  If my motive in prayer is to be blessed, it’s the wrong motive.  When I pray with the sole desire to talk with him as my friend, the outcome is far different.  I’m in tune with his heart and it will show as I live out the day.  I’m encouraged, I have a renewed vigor for life, and I want to please him.  That is the message that my brother Carlson is focusing on.  Mind you, my prayer life is not always like that.  Remember that I’m not a finished product yet.  So when you go to God in prayer, ask yourself “Why am I doing this?”

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