Why Do We Pray
By Kara Johnson
Grow Churches Connections Director and Prayer Team Lead
Throughout our lives we may experience love, joy, pain, disappointment, rejection, peace, confusion and sometimes even being overwhelmed, but through it all, the Lord encourages us to keep fellowship with Him, and to pray. In Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) it reads, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
To experience true love, joy and peace that will last, this comes when we spend time praying with our Heavenly Father. It is important to know that God has given you the authority to pray and declare victory over everything in your life, through His Son Jesus Christ. In 1 John 5:14-15, (NKJV) it reads, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
You don’t have to be perfect in your speech, but only believe. In Luke 10:19 Jesus also gives you the authority to overcome every attack on your life. When you pray you are connecting with God, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, you will be strengthened for every battle, including living successfully in your everyday life.
Think of prayer as a vehicle that helps navigate you through life. In your vehicle called prayer you are covered and protected as you move forward and navigate to the places that God has designed and destined for you to go. With this vehicle, God has also given you His word to use as fuel. This fuel will not only be used in your vehicle of prayer but you will also use it for food to consume. This food is fuel for prayer as well as fuel for your souls and body giving you strength and nourishment for your journey.
When you pray, you are declaring that you believe that you have authority to speak triumphantly over your situations using God’s word (the fuel) that will help you overcome every difficulty that you may encounter. Remember, you are not alone, whether you are a new believer or have been saved for most of your life, God has given you the victory over life’s circumstances because you were made in His image. Make your petitions to God believing that through His son Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, you will be victorious over all situations that may come your way.
As you pray, open yourself to receive God’s guidance in all areas of your life. Continue to learn to trust God that when you petition before Him, you trust that He will move on your behalf. Open your mouth, giving God praise and thank Him for all He’s done for you and for everything you’re about to do!