so before i wrote my latest post i had a discussion with my sister about it Apparently i wasn’t the only one angered by this perception the world makes us believe hmmph. This was her input on the subject.
It is pretty scary to think about the world we live in now. In my generation, what seems to matter most is being popular, owning the most expensive things, living in a huge house, I mean it is all about fitting in. What happened to standing out? The most valuable quotes are now referred to as clichés. I mean people are more of church goers than Christians. This is why sharing with others and caring for others is such a big deal for us. And so is forgiving others and not expecting to get what we give back. We do not know what being a Christian means. Do not get me wrong I fall short too when it comes to some of these things. These days drinking and smoking is the new cool. Sleeping around and accepting to be cheated on is also a normal thing to do.
What has caught my attention is the fact that beautiful and incredible ladies have accepted the fact that, their husbands and boyfriends are going to cheat on them and that when that happens; we need to accept it and move on. I mean they even make arguments and laugh at people who dare to believe that not all men are like that. From where I am standing they are the funny ones. Seriously, why would you even stoop so low and degrade yourself like that.
Spouses are gifts from God. You need to pray for the right person to come your way and also at the right time. You just do not pray for just anyone but someone who is God-fearing. A God-fearing man fears God and knows the value of his relationship or marriage and will on no account cheat on his companion. Are you kidding me, you expect these young men of our generation who are mere church goers to understand what this means. No wonder some ladies think it’s normal for men to cheat. They don’t even know what they deserve and what is right. You settle for garbage just because you are ignorant.
All this comes down to one thing, get close to God and then leave these silly perceptions this silly generation has laid down for us as a reality. You’ll discover the most amazing things.
Phyllis toophab :)
So why do I pray? For some reason last night as I was here watching a TV show, that question popped in my head. Why do you pray Jewie? So I decided to give my answer here and then hopefully see if it aligns to the bible’s reason or God’s intention for prayer. If it doesn’t well we all learn something new then and it helps to give a positive spin on prayer if I knew its actual purpose.
So why do I pray? I pray to get revelations concerning my life. That is, when I pray, I want God to reveal some things concerning my future to me so I know what road to take when it gets there. I want to inquire if a desire or expectation I have is in accordance to His will for my life. I pray to deal with some situations. I believe that everything that happens in the physical is already made manifest in the spirit realm so when I pray I’m hoping to renounce and rebuke and change some things that were set by the devil to harm me.
I pray because God is my Father, we need to communicate or fellowship. So I tell Him about my day, my plans, the cute boy I met but cant take Him serious because He lacks vision or isn’t even Christ conscious lol yes I tell God about that, I talk to Him about a friend I want to advise on an issue and if it’s a right move. We communicate with those we love no? So to respond to God’s love and to show that I do love Him, I spend time talking to Him, seeking counsel, apologizing, and making jokes. My uncle always says that he loves how I pray because I don’t approach God like a master and I’m the servant; I approach Him as a daughter going before Her Father. In my opinion, you should ease up sometimes when going before Him. He sent Christ to die so you can have a Father Son/daughter relationship with Him. He’s not the boogieman or kakai (my Ghanaian family would understand this). God already knows my mind doesn’t mean He doesn’t want to hear me say it. Our earthly parents sometimes know what’s bothering us or what we need but they still wait for us to ask them or go to them.
I pray to enforce God’s will on my life. Romans 8:26 says we don’t know what we should pray for us we ought but the Holy Spirit gives us the utterance. Sometimes we don’t know what we should be praying for or even how to pray for what we should but that’s one of the purposes of the Holy Spirit. He aids in getting Gods will enforced in our lives. Okay so these are reasons I pray basically now I’m going to address why we actually should pray.
Prayer is a way we communicate with God. It reveals the will of God and makes available the power to execute this will but obedience is the objective. Prayer makes available what we need to execute God’s will but obedience to what is revealed to you and what you are told to do is what brings the manifestation. So obedience is what brings to light the will of God that prayer revealed and equipped us for.
Okay so we all know prayer is important because amidst all the things that was going on in Jesus’ life when He came on earth, He still made time to pray. So it must be important, it must be required of us. We should pray because God has called us to pray through out the bible, we see messages about us praying. In 1 Thessalonians 5: 17 says to pray without ceasing, Colossians 4: 2 devote yourself to prayer, being watchful and thankful, Romans 12: 12 be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer, Philippians 4: 6 don’t be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your request to God. These are just a few of the verses where God calls us to pray. Prayer is an act of obedience. God is calling us to pray and so we must obey Him and respond. So our first ‘why’ should be because God calls us to pray in His word. Someone would say why pray to God when He already knows our needs? Why tell Him our needs when He already has His plans? Lets get this straight once and for all. WE DON’T PRAY TO INFORM GOD, WE PRAY TO INVOLVE /INVITE HIM. How can you inform the all knowing? He’s in your tomorrow before you, what can you tell Him that He doesn’t already know?
God wants us to admit our needs to Him and to show Him the concerns of our hearts. Why would He want us to do this? It is because He wants to be involved in our day-to-day affairs. God knows us. He also knows what we need, better than we even know ourselves. Therefore, it is logical to seek Him to meet our needs. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says: “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” This simply says that God is actively interested in us and our needs. He will not intrude; instead He waits for our invitation. Prayer is an opportunity that everyone should take to invite God to become involved their lives.
Second reason as I gave in my explanation of prayer is to enforce God’s will on us. We grew us praying the Lord’s Prayer ‘ thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven’. So yes we pray so that God’s will for us here on earth shall be established. Its one of the Hardest thing putting God’s will above ours but we need to learn to trust Him. He says in His word that even your earthly fathers know how to give good gifts, how much more Him? God has your best interest in mind. He will not create you and send His only son to die and restore your relationship with Him to give you gifts that aren’t meaningful or the ultimate best. I think it is important that we tell God what it is we think we need. It is also important to let God know our wants and our will. But we need to listen to God and find out what He thinks and what He knows we need. We must remember that God’s will is more important and much better for us than our own. We can tell God our wants and needs, but we need to tell him, “not my will be done, but let your will be done.” As the saying goes “let go, and let God.” Find out what God’s will is, and pray for it to happen. We really only have two choices: our will, or God’s will. Many times we think we know better, or know more than God, and desire for our will to be done but His will is important and His will is in our best interest. We execute His will through prayer, listening and obedience to what you hear.
We pray because we are dependent on Him and we need Him for development in our lives. GOD DOESN’T NEED US, he wants us! However WE NEED GOD! He’s not a God in need of anything; God never wants us to live lives independent of Him. That’s why we tell God what He already knows. He knows what we have need of before we ask, but we’re specifically told to pray and to ask, not to impress or inform God, but to invite God, so that we might have that fellowship with Him, so that we might grow, and we would learn to depend upon Him. If God just did everything for us and we never had to pray, soon we would begin to take things for granted. We would cease to depend upon God. If we didn’t exist, God would still be complete because he needs no one else. God created us not because He needs us, but rather for His pleasure. He created us to worship Him. Galatians 6:3 says “For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” We should not fool ourselves into thinking God needs us. God is not made complete in us, but we are made complete in him. Colossians 2:10 says “and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.” We can’t pray to change His mind, or to enforce our will, or to inform Him because He doesn’t need us. We need Him and that’s why we should pray.
Prayer gives us an upper hand to defeat our negative situations in the natural. As I said earlier, things that happen in the natural have it source or happen in the spirit, if we defeat it in the spirit through prayer, it cannot and will not be made manifest in the natural. We must remember as Christians we don’t war and fight against the flesh because we are spirit beings just living in a body so our war must be in the spiritual realm and we can only access that realm through prayer. Can physical strength help us overcome obstacles in the spiritual realm? Well No!! “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). But in prayer even the physically weak can become strong in the spiritual realm. As such, we can call upon God to grant us power over evil. So another reason we pray is to be empowered to tackle situations in the natural by tackling it in the spirit, also things are revealed to us through prayer so we walk in the natural with the consciousness of things revealed to us, it helps us avoid certain things and escape certain things.
I hope this was a useful post to inform you about some of the purposes of prayer. I struggle with prayer myself because I didn’t know all its importance and how much difference my life can be if I took up prayer on a daily. Difficulty in making prayer a daily experience is pinpointing a serious weakness in our spiritual life. But with detection and acceptance of this weakness, we should not be saddened. Rather, we should let it be an incentive to intensify and be more persistent in our efforts to pray. Amen