From the Pastor
Pastor Mike Burns
903.567.2072 (Ext. 3002)
Why Do We Pray?
If you really think about it, prayer can seem a little odd.
What do you do in prayer? You bow, or kneel, or raise your hands, or just sit
there and talk, or even think - and you have the knowledge that God hears you
and answers your prayer. Prayer is an amazing reality - a reality that can
radically transform your life. Why is prayer so important?
We Pray Because God Invented Prayer
This reason #2 may sound trite, but think about this
statement, “God invented prayer.” Prayer
is not the random invention of a religious fanatic. It is not a fantasy, a
crutch for the weak, or a pipe dream. Prayer is a rock-solid reality that God
gave to us so we could talk to Him. Every book of the Bible, from Genesis to
Revelation, records prayer. In an amazing act of grace, kindness, and love that
God gave us this means for us to speak directly to Him and for Him to speak to
us. The fact that God invented prayer and
asks us to pray is our confidence that prayer is important.
Gen 4:26 “At that time
men began to call on the name of the Lord.” NIV
Luke 18:1, "And
he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and
not to faint."
I Thessalonians 5:17,
"Pray without ceasing."
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is
willing, but the flesh is weak."
Every good gift comes
from God above. (James 1:17)
Published on Friday, January 11, 2013 @ 8:25 AM CDT