The Importance of Prayer


There is much to learn about prayer from Jesus.  Throughout the gospels we see that He spent time in prayer with His Father.  He would get off alone and pray.   He prayed with His disciples.  He knew the importance of prayer, for he lived a life of intimacy with His Father in heaven.

Simply put, prayer is conversation with the Lord.  We talk to Him and we listen to what He has to tell us.  It is key to enjoying a close relationship with the Lord.

How about you?  Do you get off alone to pray?  Do you pray with others?  Are you close to Jesus?

Just as Jesus depended on His Father while He walked the earth, we, too, are to depend on Him throughout our lives.  Jesus wants us to depend on Him.  “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  (Matthew 11:28)  He wants us to come to Him, pour out our hearts to Him, and rest in His provision.  He wants us to rest in His peace that surpasses all understanding.  He wants us to trust in Him to take care of it all.

Don’t we too often try to take care of things on our own?  (And then we find it doesn’t work out so well.)  Instead we are to turn to the Lord.  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  (Psalm 46:1)  No matter what you’ve done or haven’t done, God always loves you with “avalanche-size” love, and is ready 24/7 to help you with the very best help.  After all, He alone is God!

With our busy schedules, time alone with God in prayer can go by the wayside.  It is sometimes so easy to neglect to do that which is so important.  If we don’t get off alone and pray, we are weakened.  “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:2) If we don’t get off alone and pray, we lack wisdom and insight from the Lord in how to solve our problems.  If we don’t get off alone and pray, we are not as close to the Lord.  Just like with people, if we aren’t in contact with them, we aren’t close to them.

As written in Matthew 14, Jesus had quite a day.  His cousin and the one whose purpose was to announce His coming to earth, John the Baptist, was beheaded.  When Jesus heard the news, He went to a deserted place by Himself.  When the people heard it, they followed Him.  Jesus, in His great compassion for them, healed their sick.  Then He fed them all with the 5 loaves and 2 fish that He miraculously multiplied. After Jesus sent away His disciples and the multitudes, “He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.”  (verse 23)  Where did Jesus get His help from?  Who did He pour out His heart to?  Where did He go to get refueled and refreshed?  He went to His Father in prayer.

So are we to do.  We have access to our heavenly Father, too!  God hears our every prayer, He hears our every cry, and He is right there for us.  He alone has the best answers, and He loves us with a love that never fails.  We can always trust in Him.  Got a problem?  It’s time to pray!

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