If the Lord knows what we need, why does He ask us to pray? This is a question I get a lot and I thought it would be a good time to discuss this as we continue to pray and fast in preparation for great breakthrough on Victory Sunday. If you are reading this but not part of the church where I pastor, I hope you are also setting a date and a time for your prayer and fasting and believing the Lord for some specific things in your life. Have the faith of a child and He will answer.
Back to the question. Why does the Lord ask us to pray. Prayer is a key component to the Lord fulfilling His desire for us to have an abundant life. An abundant life does not mean that we have tons of fun. An abundant life is a life that has experienced the joy of making a difference in the lives of others. An abundant life is a life that has contributed to a greater good. This gives us meaning. It gives us purpose. An abundant life, then, is not always easy, but it is always meaningful.
For us to enjoy this abundant life, we must become participants in His work of redemption, healing, restoration, and life-change. Prayer releases power through us to do His will. However, if our life does not reflect Him, it would be counter-productive to release power through us. It would send a mixed signal. This is why it is so detrimental for the leaders in the Christian church to be found in scandal. It does damage to the name of Christ. Hasn’t the biggest hindrance to people following Christ been the behavior of those who claim to follow Christ? This is why in Revelation, God says I would rather you be cold than lukewarm. In other words, He would rather we be clearly not a follower of Christ than to claim to be but then not live the life of faith. The lukewarm Christian does more to distort the righteous image of God than does the Devil-worshiper. Prayer is this process by which God gives us opportunity to be part of life more abundant. At the same time, as we spend more time in prayer with Him, by the Holy Spirit, we are convicted of sin. We are taught the truth. We are purified. We read the Bible to know what our life should look like, but we pray to find the power from God to be transformed.
Without prayer, there would be no transformation. And without prayer, there would be no life overflowing with abundance. Prayer changes everything to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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