"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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2nd Chronicles 7:14 NIV)
Why Prayer is Important?
Prayer is important to all aspects of our life. It plays a critical role in how we think about God, how we related to God the Father, how we relate to Jesus and our submission to the Holy Spirit. In addition, our prayer life affects how we influence and relate to our families and how we relate and interact with the world around us.
Regular prayer can energize us spiritually and add bulk to our spiritual muscles, how? Prayer does this by helping to bring the resources of God into our lives, the lives of our families and into our ministries and into our walk with God. Through prayer, we can bring the power of God into the lives of others all around the world. Developing a regular prayer life can make us more effective in God's kingdom work as well as help us to keep our faith strong and help us to persevere through the trials we know we will face living in a fallen world. A world influenced by the one the Apostle Paul calls, "the prince of the power of the air," who is Satan.
Because we are children of God, through our faith in Jesus, we have the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer. Through regular prayer along with submission to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we become better equipped and more effective for the kingdom of God. Moreover, regular prayer helps us to better align our will with God's will. As we grow spiritually, we begin to understand that prayer is not just about talking to God when we're in trouble or in need. A Christian's prayer life is about a relationship with God through Jesus. It's about sharing our lives with God, including the everyday things, just as we would share our lives with close friends and loved ones.
Scripture taken from the Modern King James Version of the Holy Bible Copyright © 1962 - 1998 By Jay P. Green, Sr.
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