Why Do We Pray?

Why do we pray?

The goal of prayer is not to get what you want. The goal of prayer is not to get your wishes met. The goal of prayer is not have your desires granted.

That’s not what prayer is about.

Now, in prayer, the things that we pray for will be answered.

God will hear our requests. He will hear our concerns. He will hear what we are praying for.

The Bible tells to make our requests to God, and do it often, and repeated.

But, the goal of prayer is not have our wishes granted.

The goal of prayer it be in relationship, communion, and conversation with God.

Listen to what happens to Jesus today in Luke 22:41-44:

And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

c39_jesus-praying1He prays to the point of having sweat drops of blood. That’s passionate, powerful prayer. That’s prayer that is focused, that is searching, that is dependent on God.

And His prayer should be our model. For He prayed, not my will, but yours.

Being fully human, He wanted this cup removed from Him. Being fully God, He knew this was the purpose of His coming. And, He prayed. And accepted God’s will.

In this prayer, He found strength. He found resolve. He found purpose. He found what He needed for the hour that was coming.

Today, God may not answer your prayers in the way that you want them. He may not do it as you’d like.

Pray anyway. Be faithful anyway. Seek His face anyway.

And know though, that He will answer them.

And He will give you the strength you need for this day.

And you will be brought closer to Him.

Today, no matter what you face or what is going on, pray. Seek His face. Pray.

And know that God will be with you, in all things.

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