SO – WHAT IS THE POINT OF PRAYER?

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So – What is the point of prayer?

Why do we pray?

As I have told you before, I used to think that I shouldn’t bother God unless I really needed help –

God was a sort of Genie, and maybe I shouldn’t rub the bottle too often or I might use up all my wishes.

That perception changed when I gave my life to Christ, when I finally surrendered all my cares, and my worries to Him. My entire life changed. I really did become a “new me”.

As Oswald Chambers says, “Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves; the Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.”

The point of prayer is communicating with God, having a “heart to heart” with the Father. When I first started to converse with Him, I seemed to do all the talking. A lot of it was ranting and raving about me, my circumstances and my worries. Along the way that type of talking has changed. As I released my thoughts and concerns He started to mold me. He showed Himself in Scriptures to help me. I started to change.

Again Oswald Chambers says, “Be yourself before God and present your problems, the things you know you have come to your wit’s end over. … It is not so true that ‘prayer changes things’ as that prayer changes me and I change things.”

As I prayed, my heart changed. My whole disposition changed. Then my outlook changed and my life with God at the centre became Reality. Pure and simple – God is real when we can communicate.

Prayer:

Lord, as You reveal Yourself to us through prayer, help us to grow in love, devotion and character. Make our lives true Reality in Christ. Help us learn to be better communicators with You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

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