Why pray? Does it really matter if we pray? Does prayer change God’s mind? Does prayer really impact things at all? There are times when I pray that it feels like what I say is just bouncing off the ceiling. There are other times when I feel like God is right next to me talking with me about the burdens of my heart. In those times when prayer feels hard does it really matter at all?
Prayer is a powerful weapon
We see in the book of Daniel that as Daniel was praying and seeking the Lord that an answer was sent to him by way of an angelic messenger, but that messenger was prevented from arriving as soon as desired because of the ‘prince of Persia.’
Another time we see Jesus on his needs in a lonely garden sweating drops of blood while he prayed that God would release him from the suffering he was about to endure.
Prayer changes God’s mind
In Genesis we find that our prayers can actually change the mind of God. In Genesis chapter 18 we find God visiting Abraham. God is telling Abraham that he was about to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham pleaded with God for the lives of the people in those cities. So much so that God agreed to spare the cities if ten righteous people were found. That is a pretty powerful impact. If only ten righteous people had been found the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah would not have been wiped out that day.
Through out Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers we see multiple examples of how Moses interceded for the people of Israel who were constantly rebelling against God. More than one Moses saved the whole nation of Israel from destruction. Our prayers of intercession can change God’s mind.
Prayer opens communication between us and God.
To pray is to open communication. I don’t fully know why God would change his plans because of my prayers, but I believe that He has, and will. Prayer opens up the communication and reminds us to be aware that God is working all around us. As we develop a habit of prayer we find that we are more aware of God at work in our day-to-day lives. We are more aware of what God is doing and how he is working when we make it a daily practice to pray.
Prayer isn’t just a small thing. If the God of all creation wants to have communication with me how can I possibly say no? How can I ignore that God is calling me to spend time with him?
I hope you are doing well with your prayer time this week. If you have missed a day, no worries just start right now and keep going. I encourage you to keep plugging away to build this habit of prayer. It won’t necessarily be perfect right away, but by developing the discipline of prayer it gets easier all the time.