“If God is sovereign and He already knows what I need before I ask, then why pray?”
I’ve been asked that question many times over the years. It’s a backward question though. Think about how quick we are to dump our worries on people who can’t change the outcome. If they can’t change the outcome, why mention it to them first?
God’s sovereignty should not keep us from prayer; it should motivate us in prayer! A better question would be, “If God is sovereign and already knows what I need, why am I not taking more things to Him in prayer?”
As a church, we’ve committed to put a higher emphasis on prayer in 2014 than ever before. We’ll be having more times of corporate prayer and fasting, more reminders to pray for specifics things, we’ve even begun gathering as a staff weekly to pray before we start our week, and we’re right in the middle of REVIVE Prayer Week!
Although we know we should pray, it can be challenging to do it consistently. Here are a few reasons why we should stick at it…
1. Prayer doesn’t change God; it changes you.
We’re back to His sovereignty again. Prayer is not a way to inform God of something He’s not aware of. He is running the universe, but He’s also aware that your dog is sick, that test is approaching and you’d really like to buy that new house. Prayer doesn’t keep God informed, it keeps us prepared for the answer. Prayer changes our hearts, humbles our spirit, and puts us in tune with the sovereign God.
2. Prayer reminds us of our need for God.
Another huge benefit of prayer is its ability to humble the proud. A day without prayer is a day of extreme pride, where you effectively tell God, “It’s cool, I’ve got this one by myself.” Prayer humbles us by reminding us that we are helpless people in need of the intervention of the mighty God.
3. Prayer is powerful.
I know you know that, but we (you and I) often don’t live like that’s the case. If we really believed in the power of prayer, it would play a much larger role in our lives. Praying before going to bed and eating a meal is good, but God doesn’t only specialize in blessing your sleep and your sandwiches. Pray for some big things too!
4. Because God is listening.
Hebrews 4 says that we can approach the throne of grace with confidence, knowing that we will receive mercy and grace in our time of need. Isaiah 64 says that no one has seen or heard of a God like ours that acts on behalf of those who wait for Him! We have an audience with the King of Kings!
5. Because God said to.
Simply put, prayer is an act of obedience (see 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and Matthew 6:5-15).
Don’t wait till you feel like praying. Do it because it will keep you humble and in tune with God’s plan for your life.