New Believers Guide

Day 22: Why Pray?

What is the point of prayer? Why take time out of your day to talk with God who you can’t see or necessarily hear out loud?

What is the point of prayer? Why take time out of your day to talk with God who you can’t see or necessarily hear out loud? The main reason we pray is because it’s what God wants. Why does God want you to call out to Him? Think of the relationship between a father and son. A good father wants his son to come to him with his feelings and needs; it is his desire to provide for his son and let him know he can be trusted. This is even more true of God! Listen to what Jesus said about praying to God: "Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:9-11).

"The LORD has heard my supplication, The LORD receives my prayer." Psalm 6:9

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

Prayer Pleases God

Have you ever had a friend who wants to hear about your problems? Probably not. But it makes God happy when you talk to Him about your thoughts and needs, because it shows Him that you trust Him. The Bible says, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Faith just means that you believe God is who He says He is in the Bible. For example, you can ask God what to do in a certain situation and believe He will guide you because James 1:5 says, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Why don’t you take some time today to tell God a pressing need or thought that has been weighing you down? Relying on your Heavenly Father will both please Him and build your faith as you see Him respond to your request.

"Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises." James 5:13

Day 23: When to Pray

Why do we need to pray when God already knows everything? Does this still confuse you? Ask a caring Christian to help.

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