By Pastor Dennis Boris, Kazakhstan
1. Prayer helps us with understanding the Word of God. Just as the Word of God helps us to pray, so the prayer helps us with an understanding of the Word of God. Oftentimes when you pray about the passage that is not clear God gives you a better and deeper understanding of that passage. Besides that, prayer cements what’s been read in the Word.
2. Prayer draws us closer to God. “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth (Ps.145:18)”. If you want to be closer to God, pray!
3. Prayer calibrates our wishes and desires and heals our laziness and foolishness. We pray so that our desires are such that God could listen to them. None of us would pray for something sinful. You would be ashamed to mention anything like that in prayer. Besides that, prayer heals us from laziness and foolishness of our souls. Do you know why we don’t receive what we ask for? There are 2 reasons for that. First is mentioned in James 4:2. We simply don’t ask. Laziness. Second, we don’t ask in accordance with God’s will (James 4:3). Foolishness. Prayer heals us from laziness and foolishness of our souls. We don’t know what we want. Let us pray for God’s will to be done. “He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them (Ps.145:19)”. Pray the prayers that God cannot answer. Pray for the unity of the church, for the growth in holiness and so on.
4. Prayer makes us grateful. We ask God for something and when we receive it, we are filled with gratefulness. We always receive good gifts from God because “every good gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change (James 1:17)”. Let us pray and ask and be grateful for God’s goodness in our lives.
5. Prayer puts us in our proper place. Prayer reminds us that we can’t do anything on our own. All prayers are reminders of our dependence and inability. Every prayer screams, “I can’t! Help me, God!” I cannot understand your Word, obey it, share it unless you help. Help me, O Lord! “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise (Jer.17:14).”
6. Prayer helps us get reconciled with people and get people reconciled with God. If somebody irritates you, annoys you; if somebody hurt you, pray for him or her. Take it, as a rule, to talk to God about the man before you talk to the man. The same rule applies to evangelism. Talk to God about the man before you talk to the man about God.