Question: Why do people pray?

Why do people pray?

Prayer is direct communion between believers and God – the way to be blessed for those who call upon God (Ps 141:2; Rom 10:12-13).

It is the human innate nature to worship God and pray.
This is what makes men different from animals.

It is the natural tendency for people to appeal to God when they have exhausted all their resources, as they would cry out to their mothers when in pain. Such instinct is proof that initially men had an intimate relationship with God. Yet sin destroyed such relationship and men turned away from God. They regarded idols as god (Rev 9:20; Rom 1:23) and prayed to false gods (1 Kings 18:26). They do not give God due glory or gratitude, nor do they call upon Him (Ps 14:4). This is truly foolish and rebellious. We should all repent, abandon idols and return to God.

Why do people pray? They cry out to God because He hears us (Ps 77:1). Call on God and He will save you (Ps 55:16).

Are there example of prayer in the bible?

– Abraham prayed for Sodom that it might avoid disaster (Gen 18:23).
-Jacob prayed that he might escape his brother’s attack (Gen 32:9).
-Moses prayed for the Israelites that they might escape God’s wrath (Ex 33:11,14).
-Hezekiah prayed to God for healing (2 Kgs 20:2).
-David prayed with wholehearted devotion to God for his son, Solomon (1 Chr 29:19).
-Elijah prayed for rain to relieve the drought (Jas 5:18).
-Jesus prayed on the cross for those who persecuted Him so that the Father might forgive them (Lk 23:34).
-The disciples prayed in Jerusalem while waiting for the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:14).

Is there a common prayer for all believers?

Yes. It was the Lord’s prayer given to the disciples which Jesus taught them.

Every believer must learn it by heart:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is heaven.
Gives us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
To you be the kingdom and power and glory forever, Amen!” (Mt 6:9-13).

Why do people pray? What should we pray for?

“Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.” (Phil 4:6)

“Everything” refers to things which glorify God and are beneficial to mankind. God hears prayers and when we pray for the goodness of men and according to His will, we will be able to experience His powers and bountiful grace.

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