Prayer is a privilege. No earthly king or president permits unlimited access to his ear. But the great creator, emperor, God of the universe encourages our communication! He never sleeps. Psalm 121:4, “He who watches over Israel (natural and spiritual Israel) never slumbers or sleeps.” He is always there for us. What a gracious God we have!
Jesus taught, “men ought always to pray and not faint” (Luke 18:1). Why? Does God need our prayers? No. God knows prayer will grow our spiritual lives.
1. We should honor and praise God. The Lord’s prayer begins with, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.” Hallowed means to honor as holy.
2. We can give thanks for all the gifts we have received. Gratitude is vital to our spiritual lives. Additionally, it supports our mental, emotional and physical health.
3. We connect with God. We can find our life’s purpose and live a meaningful life.
4. We pray to seek guidance and support in times of need and distress. We can rely on God for help. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you,” 1 Peter 5:7. He gives us peace and courage to endure difficulties.
Universally, people desire to connect with God. Prayer is a spiritual practice common to most religions. But praying to the true God of the Bible is to connect with the ultimate source of wisdom, love, power, and justice. We know that if we ask according to His will, God will respond to us so that our joy may be full. John 16:24.