Session 2a - What is Prayer? Why Pray?

What is Prayer?

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Why pray? Learn what is prayer about, how to have a conversation, chat, listen and talk to God. Discover more about what is prayer and see the God of miracles through prayer, and what the Bible says what is prayer about.

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Why Pray?  

Why pray when God knows the future and is already in control of everything?

  • God has chosen prayer that he might gain and maintain a close relationship with mankind.
  • God has also chosen a self- imposed restriction  – to act in the affairs of mankind in response to prayer.  God has delegated his authority here on earth to us, and prayer is the vehicle he uses to carry out his will.
  • We pray because God has asked us to pray. Prayer expresses our dependence on God.

 What is Prayer?

What is prayer? – Prayer is God’s gift to us

Harold Lindsell enlarges, “The pilgrim who walks though the world that is not his final home needs all the help he can get. God in His wise providence has provided many kinds of help. One of the greatest is His gift of prayer.”

What is prayer? – Prayer is the path to strength and peace

Prayer is the very key that unlocks the peace of God. “Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks. And God’s peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your heart and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

What is prayer? – Prayer is God’s plan for our growth

David Hubbard explains, “Prayer reminds us of our constant need for God and reassures us of his presence with us. Prayer is part of God’s plan for our growth and for His program in the world. In prayer we don’t tell God what to do; we find out what He wants us to do.”

What is prayer? – Prayer aligns us with the purposes and power of God

Dr E. Stanley Jones shares, “In prayer you align yourself to the purposes and power of God and He is able to do things through you that he could not do otherwise…”

What is prayer? – Prayer is the laying hold of God’s promises

The Bible is filled from cover to cover with promises available to those who tap God’s reservoir of power.

A Word of promise from God Himself: “I am the Lord your God, who holds your right hand, and tells you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:13

Trust we have helped you answer the question, ‘what is prayer’ and how to have a conversation, chat, talk and listen to God. The Bible has much to say about prayer.  Did you talk with Jesus and met the God of miracles through answered prayer?

Learn what Christianity is about, what is prayer, and how to talk to God in ‘Session Two – Part One: What is Prayer?’. Watch it online or download free from http://ydyc.org/christianity/

Related links to answer the question, ‘What is prayer?’:

http://ydyc.org/help-me-jesus/

http://ydyc.org/help-me-pray/

http://ydyc.org/the-word-of-god/

 

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