TODAY THE WORDS are WHY DO WE PRAY?” The majority of the world prays in some form or other. Many are devout believers in different faiths and honor the tradition of regular and/or daily prayers. Many pray when they are in need of divine intervention; others pray prayers of deliverance. Whatever the tradition, ritual, custom, or practice; most people pray. I bring to the discussion table of thought for today’s subject….WHY DO WE PRAY?
Throughout my life, even in times of being outside a Christian lifestyle; I prayed. I have heard from some people say, “Do you think God hears sinners’ prayers?” so what are our thoughts of this. My feelings are simply, “If God had not heard my sinner’s prayer, I would have been lost forever. It is how we pray and not if we pray. Life deals out blow after blow; we become weary of its toil and we feel defeated. At some point in time most of us will fall to our knees and ask for divine help from God to save us from ourselves. Now, here is where I feel a need to share a thought. Once we have found salvation and redemption; why is there a need to pray? We are starting to wade in the waters of life with this thought. Some cynics would say; if you have been saved, why is it necessary to pray? As you have heard me say, I speak from an ordinary person’s position and not one of the spiritual leaders and pastoral stand and I am not anybody and my thoughts are my own from my experiences.May I say why I pray? I pray because I want to thank God, praise God, ask for forgiveness for any wrongs, willingly or unwillingly, and all of these reasons are great reasons but this is not the most important reason I pray. I pray because I want God to know how much I have learned to love God. I love the peace I get from praying. I love the assurance I am and have never been alone. I love God’s patience in teaching me patience. I love the love I feel without asking for it; God gives it to me freely. I love to ask for others who are in need as I know how many times God has helped me and how God loves all of us and is willing to help if asked. Maybe my reasons aren’t your reasons and that is the best part of praying. Each person can pray prayers written by others; prayers can be either long or short; and there are no grammar checks as God listens with the ability to interpret what we mean when we speak to Him. Please remember, it is not a science and there is no specific way to pray; Prayer is an emotional talk with Our Maker.
Some people ask me Why do we Pray. Your children might ask you the same question – “Mum/Dad why do we pray ?”
How would you answer them? First you would need to explain the meaning of praying.
To ‘Pray’ means to ‘Communicate’ and in this context it means to ‘communicate with God’.
Remember always that Communication is two ways – you have to convey your message, but you also have to LISTEN to the other person’s message.
Now it will be easy to discuss with your child as to ‘why do we communicate with God’, or Why do we pray?
It is the same as ‘Why do we have to communicate with Mom or Dad’? Because:
- We love our parents and we need to show our love for them
- We know that they love us and we feel overjoyed when we experience their love for us.
- Our parents would guide us to do the right thing and take the right path.
- They would explain things when we don’t understand and we question them.
- We would want to thank our parents when we are given a gift or a helping hand.
- Our parents care for us when we are sick or when we are in trouble.
- They would advice us how to keep away from trouble.
It is the same reason as to why we communicate with God or pray to God.
FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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