One of the great paradoxes Christians face is asking God for something that He already knows we need. Have you ever thought about that?
If so, perhaps the thoughts of the 19th-century preacher R. A. Torrey can help. Among the reasons he gave for prayer are these:
- Because there is a devil, and prayer is a God-appointed way to resist him (Ephesians 6:12-13, 18).
- Because prayer is God’s way for us to obtain what we need from Him (Luke 11:3-13; James 4:2).
- Because prayer is the means God has appointed for us to find “grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
- Because prayer with thanksgiving is God’s way for us to obtain freedom from anxiety and to receive “the peace of God” (Philippians 4:6-7).
- Besides these reasons, it should be enough that we’re commanded to “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Yes, God is all-knowing, but He also desires our fellowship and wants us to pray to Him. He also wants us to convey our utter dependence upon Him as our creator and sustainer.
When you seek God’s will in prayer, you strengthen your relationship with Him. So pray… not because you’re telling God something He doesn’t know, but because through prayer, you grow deeper in your connection with God.
My prayer is that you’ve been encouraged by the pages of this edition of our SeniorLife newsletter. And I also hope you’ll give us the chance to encourage you further on the subject of prayer by sending you Pastor Jack Graham’s book, Lord, Hear Our Cry, as thanks for your gift today.
Thank you for your prayers and partnership to help seniors all over the world embrace the life God intends. Virginia and I are deeply grateful for you!