Seven Reasons You Should Pray

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why do I pray?“

Do you know why you should pray?

Here are seven reasons I believe you need to pray.

First, you need to pray to meet God. Above all else, we need to be in the presence and under the leadership of the God of the universe. If God created us, He also knows what is best in our lives. We were created to know Him and to enjoy His presence. Prayer opens the door for that wonderful reality.

Often when I pray, I don’t do much talking. I simply seek to meet with God and understand His will for my life.

Second, you need to pray to learn what pleases God. This too will involve much listening and seeking to understand the Lord of the universe. Scripture will help to open the door to knowing what pleases God.

Third, you need to pray to call the names of needy people before our father in heaven. God tells us to intercede on behalf of others. We need to pray for them and we need the meaning and blessing that comes when we intercede for other.

Fourth, you need to pray because prayer matters to God. It is imperative that we obey Him. Therefore, prayer must be at the forefront of our lives.

Fifth, you need to pray because you need wisdom, guidance, and leadership. God tells us that we can ask for wisdom. When we do so He will give His wisdom freely (James 1:5).

Sixth, we often need to pray because we are desperate for God. Hannah, Samuel’s mother, cried out in anguish and grief unto the Lord. She poured out for soul to God (1 Samuel 1:15-16).

How many times have I desperately needed God? How many times have I needed to pour out my soul before the God who loves me?

Seventh, you need to pray because the Lord is God and besides Him there is no other.

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. — Romans 8:35,37 (NIV)