Prayer is simply a conversation with God. God in return speaks to you through the Bible. It is important when you go to pray to have your bible at hand to assist you in receiving his answer and counseling, and notebook or journal to write down your thoughts, experiences or anything that comes to you while in prayer.
Prayer must be done on a regular basis. In the Bible, King David prayed three times a day (Psalm 55:16-17) and the Prophet Daniel also prayed three times a day (Daniel 6:10). Jesus Christ Himself prayed on a regular basis.
Prayer should also never be done as a last resort in times of trouble or distress. It is a very powerful tool to be used in both good and bad times.
Here are six important reasons to pray everyday.
1. For our needs
The bible is filled with examples of God promising to fulfill our every need once we ask him. Here is one from Matthew chapter 6.
“Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your priority concern” (Matthew 6:33-34).
2. For our anxieties, fears and problems
“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6).
3. For thanksgiving
We see too, we must thank God for all he has done. When we pray we must pray with thanksgiving, thanking him for all the blessings he has already bestowed on us.
“No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” (I Thessalonians 5:18).
4. For intercession
Intercession means praying on behalf of others and is an important part of prayer. We must pray for others, not just for ourselves. The bible tells us that Jesus still intercedes on our behalf.
“But Jesus remains a priest forever; his priesthood will never end. Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save everyone who comes to God through him. He lives forever to plead to God on their behalf.” (Hebrews 7:24-25).
So too we must pray on behalf of others. We must pray for the sick, for those who are unsaved, for our church, pastor, friends and family and even for our enemies (Matthew 5:44).
5. For Grace and Mercy.
As humans we are weak and will fail from time to time. Jesus Christ as human also experienced temptation, so he understands our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15). When we experience, and give in to moments of weakness and temptation, we must pray for forgiveness, and God will grant us the grace and mercy we need.
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it (Hebrews 4:16).
Without grace and mercy all our attempts to live a successful, fruitful life will fail.
6. For Spiritual Growth
Prayer is essential for our spiritual growth and also helps us fulfill our life’s purpose. That’s why we need to accompany prayer with bible study. Whatever God called us to do, we must consistently pray for his guidance and help. Thus we can be assured we will be successful in fulfilling our purpose and to heed his calling.
“I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me” (Psalm 57:2)
In conclusion, the bible also states when you pray do not use vain repetitions (Matthew 6:7). God wants you to pray from the heart (James 5:16), (Hosea 7:14).
Pray is our lifeline to God, pray every day and He will give you peace of mind.
Note: All Scripture taken from the New Living Translation, Self Help Edition unless otherwise indicated.