What is the purpose of prayer? If God already knows and is sovereign in His leadership; what is the point?
Most people have a desire to grow in prayer and to be a part of a community that prays. I have interacted with many christians who express this desire; but struggle to cultivate a lifestyle that goes beyond a simple discipline built into a schedule. I can relate to this sentiment and I do not claim to have mastered a lifestyle of undistracted fellowship. I believe this is possible though, to come to the place in relationship with God that is a continual communion. So I can but only share with you where I am in this journey; reflections on the Holy Scriptures and inspirations from the lives of saints throughout history.
There are many amazing resources and systems available that can be used to help develop a deeper life in prayer. Yet I believe that the most important thing is not necessarily "how" we pray, but "why" we pray. Without vision we will just check off lists that will either bolster our pride or fill us with shame; rather than having a flowing heart in prayer.
There are 3 reasons why we pray:
Jesus is worthy because of who He is and what He does. Take a moment and just think about who God is and how he reveals himself in scripture. Around His throne are unending praises. Day and night it is proclaimed “Holy Holy Holy" He is unlike anyone or anything. He is perfect! He is beauty! He is the source of all life; the creator of all things. Consider His cross. He is the Lamb slain befor the foundations of the earth were laid. He is the living sacrifice. He has given all of Himself unto death so that those who were once enemies of God become His children, His bride. He has saved us from Hell and given us eternal life.
He enjoys me in my weakness. Because He is love. Because of His righteous blood that was shed. He can see and relate to us in our weakness. My weak voice, in my brokenness, moves His heart. Every glance of my eye towards Him causes Him to be undone. Though I am distracted much of the time; He sees my reach for Him, and receives it as love that is real. Our coming to God in prayer alwaysbrings a smile to His face.
God responds to prayer. The Lord moves at the sound of our voices. As we pray, our voices are actually heard in the courtroom of heaven and have impact on the world around us. As we take time in prayer, through consistency and diligence, our own hearts are transformed over time. Let time and diligence in prayer testify to this. As we behold beauty, we are transformed.
These on not the only reasons why; but in my opinion, they are the primary reasons. My personal journey with the Lord was initiated with a vision for a life in prayer and has continued to sustain me. Even when I struggle to connect with God for various reasons, going back to the "why" always motivates my heart.
Do these reasons resonate with your heart? What are some reasons why you pray? I would love to hear your thoughts.