Why Pray?

Posted: May 31, 2012 in Staff & Ministry Leaders

What can be said about prayer? It can’t be measured or quantified by any outward standard, yet the Bible is explicit in our duty to continue its pursuit (Phil. 4:6-7). When we ‘practice’ prayer, how do we know if we are getting any better? Is that even the right way to look at it?

Prayer is not a special gift that only the super spiritual have; all those who follow Christ have this power, and that is what it truly is-power. Jesus said that faith the size of a mustard seed could move mountains. If we believe that God hears our prayers and that He is as capable as we say He is, we have unlimited power to accomplish anything within Jesus’ will; if we will just pray. As Pastor Ben stated recently when he gave a Sunday message, praying is simply having a conversation with God. We can be open and honest (He knows already anyway), all the while growing our faith as we talk to Jesus and see His work around us.

Back to the beginning; we can’t see it, weigh it, color it, and we certainly can’t explain how it works; but it does. Prayer changes things in ways we can’t comprehend and in ways we can’t imagine. So why do we fail to utilize this indescribable yet invaluable gift? The answer to that must come from each individual’s soul search.

GCC offers many opportunities to put prayer into practice. After each service anyone can come forward and there will be someone to pray with them. We also have a time of prayer during the service where we pray for the needs of our church. (If you have questions or an interest in this, please contact me). Additionally, there are times throughout the year when we gather to focus on prayer.

Finally, we each need to make it a priority to communicate with God and seek his guidance & wisdom. Start where we are and don’t worry about doing it “right”; He will be pleased to hear from us.

“In prayer all things here below vanish, and nothing seems important but holiness of heart and the salvation of others. In prayer all my worldly cares, fears, anxieties disappear, and are of as little significance as a puff of wind.”[1]

Written by Tim Howard – Prayer Coordinator @ GCC

[1] The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers& Devotions. Bennet, Arthur, Ed. The Banner of Truth Trust: Edinburgh, UK. 2011


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