As people of faith, we know to pray but often we don’t. Sometimes we pray in a rush or we really up our prayer life when we’re in a crisis. Only 29% of Protestant churchgoers pray daily, according to a LifeWay Research survey. Does it really matter that we pray?Only 29% of Protestant churchgoers pray daily, @lifewayresearch. Does it really matter that we pray? Click To Tweet
Wherever you are in your prayer life, here are a few reminders of why it is so important to pray.
6 Reasons You Need to Pray:
- Prayer reminds us we aren’t God.
Sometimes, we act like we are. We take on the weight of the world, we think it is all up to us whether raising our children, being successful in ministry, or leading an organization. We need a daily reminder of who we are in relationship to God.
“I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of HIs power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.” Ephesians 1:18-19
- Prayer keeps us humble.
Pray requires positioning. Submission. Acknowledging who we are in relationship to a holy God. I have a chair in my closet where I often go to my knees to pray. Not because it is required but it puts me in the right position to go before my Father and acknowledge my need for Him. No room for pride, arrogance, or position power when talking to God.
“When pride comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2
- Prayer reminds us that God can.
We pray because God provided a way through Christ for us to approach Him – The King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Amazing. Stunning. God told us to pray. God wants us to pray. God hears our prayers. And God is able to answer our prayers! Nothing is impossible for God. Nothing.
“Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us – to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.” Ephesians 3:20-21
- Prayer stills the heart and mind.
I like to pray early in the morning for this reason. I need a good dose of stillness as I start my day. Interruptions, surprises, challenges, and opportunities are all in front of us from the time our feet hit the floor. Prayer allows us to move through the day with an anchor knowing that God is with us, God is at work through us, and God can give wisdom and direction.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
- Prayer gives us a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving.
When we pray, we are reminded of God’s grace and mercy that made a way for us to pray. In Christ, we have been given life and life abundantly (John 10:10). In every encounter we have during the day, we need to lead with a heart of gratitude.
“Give thanks to Him and praise HIs name. For Yahweh is good and HIs love is eternal; HIs faithfulness endures through all generations.” Psalm 100:4b-5
- Prayer is the source of all wisdom, all knowledge, and all understanding.
Everyday, we have critical decisions and personal encounters that need our leadership. We study, prepare, learn, and do all we can do to be well prepared. But God can give us His wisdom and His direction that is greater than our own.
“Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
Whatever changes you need to adjust in your life to make room for prayer, make the room. Your family, your church, and the team you lead need you to pray. It will make all the difference in your leadership.
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