A commonly held misconception is that full purpose of prayer is to simply ask God for things that will make ones life easier or less painful. In actuality, though, the true purpose of prayer is to connect with God. By humbly seeking God in prayer, we have the opportunity to more fully understand His purpose for our lives.
1. THE POWER OF PRAYER
2. PRAYER MISUNDERSTOOD?Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine. In it God shows Himself to us. That He answers prayers is a corollary not necessarily the most important one from that revelation. -C.S. Lewis, The Efficacy of Prayer 3. GODS HELP THROUGH PRAYERIf you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. -Matthew 21: 22 God wants us to bring our requests to Him. He wants the best for us. Faith is the key factor in prayer requests. 4. GOD, ARE YOU LISTENING? The Bible tells many stories of Gods followers crying out to request healing or salvation from enemies. Sometimes God chooses not to answer our prayers at least not in the way we would prefer or understand at first. Gods seeming silence doesnt mean He isnt listening. Even Jesus experienced an unanswered prayer at a crucial moment: My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will. Matthew 26:39 5. MORE THAN PRAYER REQUESTS In times of loss or turmoil, it is natural to seek God to ask for help or deliverance or supernatural assurance. It is the asking in itself, though, that the value of prayer is truly seen: Confession Repentance Worship Basking in Gods presence The very process of prayer brings you closer to God and into a different mindset. 6. PRAYER CHANGES METhe function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. -Sren Kierkegaard, 19th century philosopher 7. DOES PRAYER WORK? It is difficult to keep some truths in mind when in the midst of tragedy or hardship. Nevertheless, the truth of prayers actual purpose can give Christian hope. Asking if prayer works is the wrong question. It isnt the number of favorable outcomes that speaks to the value of prayer instead, it is how we are different after we meet God in prayer. 8. TRUE PRAYER True prayer isnt a matter of saying the right words in a particular order. Instead, it is a letting go of worldly concerns and expectations it means humbly coming before God to listen to His voice. The real power of prayer comes when we submit ourselves to Gods will when we emerge from the uncertainty of hardship into a new understanding of God. Being changed by prayer in this way moves the believer from being merely an observer of Gods will to being an instrument of His will. 9. REAL LIFE PRAYER Prayer isnt just for Bible stories; every person can experience God through prayer. Prayer is also the critical element in bringing about life-changing events in a persons life. John DiBattista, an author and evangelist, has shared his story around the world his story is an amazing example of how a life of dedicated prayer can lead to miraculous encounters with God. He shares his story in-depth in his book, Tell Them That I Love Them. 10. READ THE BOOKhttp://www.tellthemthatilovethem.net