17 Reasons Why We Should Pray

Why do we pray? Out of habit and duty? Do we pray so we can get stuff from God? Now, I believe there is nothing wrong with asking God to bless us. However, this is just one small but important reason why we should pray. There are a few more significant reasons. You might be surprised.

Some days I struggle to pray.  I lose focus, get distracted, doubt if God hears me, and honestly, sometimes I get bored. So, I find myself slogging through and sweating it out. I know prayer should be more joyful, and many days it is. But, there are days when it’s mundane and monotonous. However, when I review the reasons why I should pray, I am motivated to talk with my Heavenly Father and experience greater joy in my time alone with him.

God Invites Us to Pray

Prayer is not a duty, but an invitation from our Father. Prayer is an invitation into fellowship with God through Jesus Christ, expressed in adoration, thanksgiving and intercession, through which we draw near to God and learn more of his will for our lives.

He invites us into purpose and power through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. When we understand the reasons why we should pray, we will realize all over again what God is inviting us into something precious and powerful – an ever-deepening relationship with him.

Prayer is Relationship

Prayer is based on God’s love for us. Through his grace, he gives us things which they do not deserve, while through his mercy he shields us from those things which we do deserve. Therefore, prayer is primarily a relationship with our heavenly Father (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6). Prayer is deliberate and intentional communication that nurtures this relationship with the Father. It is our way of connecting daily with the living God and hearing him tell us who he is and who we are. To neglect this privilege is to ignore God himself and miss out on a promised joy to every follower of Jesus. To lean into this relationship is just one way we let God how much we love him. When we love someone, we will make time for them. So, what are some reasons why we should pray?

So, an invitation from and relationship with our Heavenly Father are foundational to understanding why we should pray. But, there are a few more reasons why followers of Jesus should pray.

We pray because…

  • God invites us to pray (Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:8).
  • Jesus spent time in prayer (Hebrews 5:7).
  • Early followers of Jesus prayed (Acts 1:14; 2:42; 6:4)
  • The Apostle Paul prayed (Acts 9:10-11; 16:25; 20:36; 21:5)

God gave us the medium of prayer to…

  • Defeat Satan (Luke 22:31-32)
  • Save the sinner (Luke 18:13)
  • Restore the backslider (James 5:16)
  • Strengthen the believer (jude20)
  • Raise up laborers (Matthew 9:38; Acts 3:2-3)
  • Heal the sick (James 5:14-15)
  • Glorify God’s name (Revelation 5:8; 8:3-4)
  • Accomplish the impossible (Matthew 21:22; Mark 9:29; James 5:17-18)
  • Bless us (Matthew 7:7-11)
  • Impart wisdom (James 1:5)
  • Secure peace (Philippians 4:5-7)
  • Keep us from sin (Matthew 26:41)
  • Reveal the will of God (Luke 11:9-10)

The “why” of prayer should precede the “what” of prayer.

God invites into a relationship with Him, not to just get stuff from him. He invites us into His purposes and power – power to defeat the enemy, save, restore, strengthen, raise up, heal, glorify God, accomplish the impossible, bless, impart wisdom, secure peace, keep us from sinning, and reveal God’s will. When we see prayer this way, it becomes less of punching the clock and donkeywork and more joyful anticipation of how our Father will move the world for his glory and our good.

Why do you pray?  

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  • Stephanie whitby

    I never was a advent prayer person until God allowed a financial drought in my life. That was the hardest experience of my life but only through God’s grace I survived. During a five year financial hardship when I did not have a job nor money coming in, God lead me into a deepest most vulnerable relationship with him through prayer. I had to pray for everything including toilet paper. And he would always answer my prayers. For example, I had not received a pay check in 2 years, single individual and no immediate family in the area basically no resources. I would have strangers give me money without knowing my situation. There was an incident were I had to go to the emergency room and rack up an $11,000 plus hospital bill and no insurance. Following that situation, in my travels I met a stranger on the bus while going to work and God instructed me to talk to her. After days of lite conversation, I felt the need to tell about my medical bills. In response, she gave me her number and told me to call her in 24hours. I did as promised, next day I called her and she informed me that medical bills were written off by the hospital; the woman was the executive assistant to the community aide for the hospital were payment arrangements were made. In short, my relationship with God has exploded through prayer. Even though the process of getting to place to have an continuous prayer was like a birthing nail biting experience it was worth everything I went through in order have joy I have with a relationship with God.

    • Stephanie, this is a powerful story of God’s faithful provision. Thank you for sharing this. I hope it as encouraging to others as it is for me. Blessings on you.

    • Marvin Williams

      Stephanie, this is a powerful story of God’s faithful provision. He has a way of just showing up in powerful ways like this. I hope your story encourages others like it did me. Thank you for taking time to read this post, but I am more grateful for you taking time to share your story with us. Blessings on you as you live out your faith in Jesus.