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Why Do We Pray?

In the Bible, when Jesus was on earth, we have a record of how often and what He taught about prayer. He prayed a lot himself and taught His followers to do the same. He told us to ask, seek and knock on the door of heaven through prayer and He promised we would receive, find, and the door would be opened for us. 

So we pray because of Jesus' example and also His teachings. But there's another reason we pray. We pray because we believe God. We believe His promises and we believe that what God has said He'll do, He'll actually do it. Much prayer usually means there is great faith. Little or no prayer often means there is little faith that God will do what He said He would.

It makes sense because I knew growing up there were certain things my parents would give me or do for me if I simply asked them. If I legitimately needed a new pair of running shoes for sports they would get them for me. If I was sick they would immediately get me whatever help I needed. If I asked for more chocolate......well maybe not so much. So for my real needs, I asked because I knew they would do it. In the same way if we believe God is going to do what He promised, we ask...we pray...and because He told us...we keep praying until we receive what we are asking for. That's what faith is. Believing God and refusing to give up!

Dr. Helen Roseveare, missionary to Zaire, told the following story. "A mother at our mission station died after giving birth to a premature baby. We tried to improvise an incubator to keep the infant alive, but the only hot water bottle we had was beyond repair. So we asked the children to pray for the baby and for her sister. One of the girls responded, 'Dear God, please send a hot water bottle today. Tomorrow will be too late because by then the baby will be dead. And dear Lord, send a doll for the sister so she won't feel so lonely.' 

That afternoon a large package arrived from England. The children watched eagerly as we opened it. Much to their surprise, under some clothing was a hot water bottle! Immediately the girl who had prayed so earnestly started to dig deeper, exclaiming, 'If God sent that, I'm sure He also sent a doll!' And she was right! The heavenly Father knew in advance of that child's sincere requests, and 5 months earlier He had led a ladies' group to include both of those specific articles." 

God cares about you, both your big and small needs. Nothing about you is too small or unimportant to God. He loves you! So have great faith in what He has promised and you will pray great prayers!