Why do I even bother? 3 reasons why
To ask ‘why?’ is a powerful question when asked with the right spirit.
When people understand why they are doing something, that’s when they are willing to pursue it with their life.
That’s what happened to me! When God revealed to me why I should pray it changed my life. So much so, I decided I would give my life to chase after the hidden treasures that God has for those who seek Him.
It’s not always easy and it’s not always exciting, but when you find treasure you don’t regret the hard moments that got you there!
Here are 3 reasons why prayer will change your life.
1 – Because you need to
I don’t mean this in the ‘because I told you so’ sense, like when someone expects you to blindly follow them just because they want you to.
I mean, we need to pray for spiritual life. The psalmist in Psalm 42:1 understood this, saying “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.”
Prayer is to the soul, what water is to the body.
what water is to the body.
2 – Because God needs you to
Please, hear me out!
I am not for a second suggesting that God is not all powerful. He certainly is! But God has in some ways limited Himself to our response to Him. Repeatedly, this concept is shown through one word, ‘IF!’. If could be considered one of the most powerful words in the bible. The word ‘if’ speaks to the responsibility put on humanity by God.
2 Chronicles 7: 14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Luke 17:6 “…if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree. ‘be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”
God’s power is always available, the question is whether you will take the initiative to access it or not.
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3 – Most importantly, for relationship
The catch phrase of my generation I think has been, “Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship!” and I believe it’s true. The issue I see though is the way the expression is often used to excuse a lower level of responsibility rather than lifting the bar higher than what religion had demanded.
(Religion: A life lived by pre-set rules, rather than from a learning and growing heart; Bill Johnson defines religion as “form without power.)
To pursue a relational prayer life means making your whole life a prayer. To have a relational prayer life means you understand that your words and actions affect God. God, especially the Holy Spirit, can be hurt. When you are cruel to someone you better believe that that is going to bring repercussions to your prayer life.
3 Things you can do to ensure your prayer life is relational rather than religious.
1 – The way you read scripture
Spend time reading scripture, not for intellectual understanding but for pure joy. Spend time declaring promises in scripture that relate to your relationship with God. Identify promises that are important to you and put them somewhere that you will see them as reminders.
2 – Treat people the way you would treat God
Treating people with love and respect because we are aware of God’s presence is our greatest prayer. Lift people up, honour them. A religious person would walk past someone in need to get to a prayer meeting that is praying for people in need. And before you judge, that has been all of us at some point. I believe we are all currently praying at least one prayer that God has already equipped us to go and be the answer to.
3 – Keep chasing the why
Keep asking God why he has asked us to pray. Whilst we need to spend time in scripture not with the purpose of intellectual understanding, it is vitally important that we develop it. Just don’t be religious about it. Keep asking questions and don’t assume you have worked it all out.
I have also written a blog on What prayer is if you want to learn more.
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