From the desk of Pastor Lee

“Why Pray?”

 

All too often Christians underestimate the power of prayer, and or the reasons why we should pray. In studying the scriptures, I found some key reasons for prayer. First, it is a sin not to pray. 1 Samuel 12:23, Matthew 26:41, Luke 18:1. 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Timothy 2:8 and Ephesians 6:18, these are just a few scripture references that exhort us to pray. Secondly, prayer is our way to communicate to our Father. You see in prayer, we can get the (mind or will) of God as I like to phrase it on all matters of life. All throughout the old testament when men of God came into a land to dwell the first thing they did was established a meeting place by building an altar, men like Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua and Daniel just to name a few. They all understood the importance of communicating with their God. Of course, communication is two-fold we call out to our Father, and then we listen for His response.

 

Psalms 34:17 states: the righteous (pray or cry) and the Lord heareth and rescued them out of all their troubles. Proverbs 15:29 is another scripture stating the Lord hearing our prayer, beloved if you don’t call on him how can he hear you and answer. Let’s explore another reason why we should pray it is one of the most powerful weapons you have as a Christian. Ephesians 6 states that prayer is part of the whole armor of God. Jesus who is our example prayed early and often. Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12 and Mark 6:46 this he did not in a defensive posture but more of an offensive posture, in other words, he stayed prayed up in order to be in the perfect will of God and to attack the strategies of the devil.

 

This is why you don’t see Jesus praying out devils, or praying for the sick. Mark 1:29-3:5. After Jesus prayed to the Father or literally sought instruction and drew strength from being in communion with him, he would then go in the midst of the people and exercise the authority over all demonic forces. You see prayer is as vital to the Christian as the heart is to the human body. Your heart pumps blood to every vital organ in it and if the blood flow ceases so does that organ. This is “Why Pray."