LUKE 11:1 AMP
It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”
Simply put, prayer is communication between man and God. It is a two-way communication where we talk to God and he answers. Prayer is an important aspect of a believer’s life because it strengthens the spiritual part of us as we commune with God. In fact, it is so important we are told to pray without ceasing.
There are many promises in the Bible that encourage us to pray, such as:
ISAIAH 65:24 AMP
“It shall also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.
PSALM 91:15 AMP
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
We pray to God our Father who is in heaven the great I am the all mighty God. When we pray we find intimacy with Him, we connect with him we get to understand his heart.
Prayer should never be looked at as a burden or a duty but instead as a privilege. A privilege because we get to speak directly to God and He answers. What a blessing to be able to connect on a personal level to the God of all creation and to be assured that He will give me audience and answer my prayer.
Prayer is also a spiritual weapon by which we fight the enemy and we engage in spiritual warfare. Through prayer, we are able to exercise the authority we have been given to pull down and bind the strongholds of the enemy.
Prayer is also a weapon to fight off temptation.
MATTHEW 26:41 AMP
Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
Prayer is also an antidote for worry;
Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.
We could go on and on about why we should pray and the advantages of prayer. As someone said, prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. It is a privilege to pray!