Monday, September 27, 2010
How to pray Part II
Why are we to pray?
A) To GLORIFY God; to REFLECT Jesus in your life. In John 14:15 Jesus says: "You can ask for anything in my name and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to God."
B) Because God COMMANDS it. In 1Thessalonians 5:17 we are reminded to: Keep on praying
C) To COMMUNICATE with God; He DELIGHTS in our prayers. Proverbs 15:8 tells us: The Lord hates the sacrifice of the wicked, but He delights in the prayers of the upright
D) Because Jesus set the example. In Mark 1:35 we see that Jesus awoke long before daybreak and and went out alone into the wilderness to pray
E) Prayer achieves RESULTS for the Glory of God. And we can be confident that He will listen to us whenever we ask for anything in line with His will. 1 John 5:14
F) Prayer is crucial for SPIRITUAL growth. Ephesians 3:16 I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit
I pray that these reasons, the second part of my How to Pray posts, will encourage you to pray.
The Arabic for why is Lmādhā