February 8

Why Pray?

“... The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James5:16

Can prayer really make a difference? Can my prayers actually change things? Is it possible for the will of God to be thwarted because I don’t pray? These are legitimate questions. The answers you give them reflect the very foundation of your relationship with the Lord. On one hand, if God is Sovereign, He’s going to do everything the way He wants, so why pray? On the other hand, if He is waiting on my prayers to execute His will, then I had better get serious about praying really quick. How does His Sovereignty and my prayers go together?

God uses prayer to make the impossible, possible and the ordinary, extraordinary. Prayers make our efforts effective and help us to define God's will more clearly.

C.H. Spurgeon said, “Whenever God determines to do a great work, He first sets His people to pray.” Faithful praying releases the Holy Spirit to act and allows us to see God in His full glory. 

Someone once said, “God does things when we pray that He does not do when we do not pray.” In Ezekiel 22:30, God says, “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.”

In Genesis 18:17-33 Abraham talked with God on behalf of Sodom. By the end of the conversation, God agreed that even if 10 righteous men were found there He would not destroy the city. Our prayers are also heard by our gracious God who longs to release His blessings upon us if we would only ask. May todays devotional be an inspiration for you to seek the Lord in prayer. Let this help you become endeared to prayer and to realize just how vital prayer is.

Prayer for today: Father, teach us to realize how vital and precious prayer is to You. Thank You for hearing all the prayers that have been lifted up on behalf of our congregation, and for answering them. As Your children, encourage us to pray more than ever so that everything we

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”