Prayer At All Times – Faith Is Important
Prayer is an important part of our walk as Christians and we should look to Him in all circumstances not matter if they are good or bad giving Him glory.
“Pray without ceasing.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:17
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘prayer’? Most people think of folded hands, bended knees, and silence in a stained-glass chapel. But while these things can certainly be incorporated into prayer, prayer is much less rigid and much more universal than what we often make it out to be. Prayer is not some man-made ritual with a thousand stipulations to follow. It is not just some practice that we do to make us feel holier or better than everyone else. It is simply our way of talking with our Creator, and that’s why it is essential to our lives to Christians.
It can be easy to think that prayer is only appropriate when we either want something from God, or when we are in the midst of suffering. But if these are the only occasions when we turn to God, we will find ourselves struggling more often than that. The truth is that we are called to pray in all circumstances. When times are good, we should rejoice and give thanks to God. When times are rough, we should turn to Him and ask for His mercy and strength to get through it all. Even when we are caught in sin, it is by prayer that we can repent and refocus our hearts on God. Our relationship with Him is the most significant relationship that we will ever have; and if we truly love Him, we will strive to deepen that relationship each and every day.
Bible Scriptures About Prayer & Faith
It’s important to note that God not only can communicate with us, but also wants to. There are many people who refrain from praying, afraid that they are bothering God or that He will be annoyed by their requests. All throughout scripture, however, Jesus makes it clear that He desires to speak with us. He already knows our thoughts and feelings, but He wants us to pour them out to Him in prayer, as a sign of our faith. In Mark 11:24, Jesus says, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Jesus encourages us to come to Him with all our wants and needs, trusting that He is always near to us and will provide for us.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that we will get everything that we ask for. The significance of prayer is not that God is somehow changed by our actions, but that we are changed by our faith in God. Our God does not change His mind according to the whims of man; scripture says that He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The variable in the equation is us. When we pray, we are asking God to align our will with His, so that we can live according to His purpose. In other words, prayer allows us to become more like Jesus. And that, alone, makes a couple minutes of our time completely and utterly worth it in the end.