The Purpose of Prayer
I’ve been to many many countries and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to see places, people and patterns of life. Heritage, Culture, Tradition and Religion. I found several things common to different peoples. People eat, people laugh, people love and people pray (that reminded me of the movie eat, pray, love featuring Julia Roberts back in 2010). People prays to different idols and gods.
But christians prays to the One and only Living God. For christians, praying should be like breathing. Just as breathing is the response of physical life to the presence of air, so as prayer should be the response of spiritual life to the presence of God. Our biggest barriers to a prosperous prayer life is our tendency toward “independence”. Pride hinders prayer. I was just like some of you here today who have difficulty praying.
Many years before, I was very dependent on myself that I don’t find the need to pray. The repetitive prayers that they thought me in my previous religion took the real value and meaning out of prayer. The words was too impersonal because it was like some poem that we have to memorize and recite when prayer time comes. We were taught to do cycles of prayers with not just repetitive, but also with redundant words, contrary to what Jesus taught His disciples. In Matthew 6:7–8 (NCV) 7 “And when you pray, don’t be like those people who don’t know God.
They continue saying things that mean nothing, thinking that God will hear them because of their many words. 8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask him". God precisely knows all your needs because He is an omniscient God (All knowing). But, do not get confused by this passage. Don’t say that you don't need not to pray because God already knows your “needs” anyway. Prayer is God’s idea, Jesus is not going to teach His disciples to pray if was not. God wants to hear you say it.
While He already knows what you need, He wants you to tell Him what you desire. The Bible said in Psalm 145:19 (AMP) "19 He will fulfill the desires of those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him; He also will hear their cry and will save them". From the life of Daniel (Daniel 6:10-22), we will learn that Prayer is an Act of Dedication, Communication, Supplication and Cooperation.
"God knows what you need, but He wants to hear what you want"