Why Do We Pray?

by Janis Cox

Why Do We Pray?

Why Do We Pray?

This is probably the most asked question put into searches on prayer.

People might say we pray for protection, good health, strength and comfort; a good job, a better relationship, a new friend; housing, food, shelter.

What we are really doing when we pray is building
a relationship with God. Tweet this.

Think about this – the people that you know the best, how did you get to be such good friends? You have similar interests and enjoy spending time together, right?

It is exactly the same with God. when you spend time with Him in prayer you are building a relationship. You are beginning to understand the mind of God.

The more time you spend with God –
the better is your relationship with Him. Tweet this.

“This friendship means being so intimately in touch with God that you never even need to ask Him to show you His will” (Oswald Chambers, March 20).

This was a revelation to me. If I am that close to God then I will already be in His will. Then I can go ahead and make decisions unless He puts a check in my spirit.

“You are free to make decisions in the light of a perfect and delightful friendship with God. Knowing that if your decisions are wrong He will lovingly produce that sense of restraint” (Oswald Chambers, March 20).

So why do we pray?

We pray to continue to build a strong loving relationship with God, through Jesus. The more we talk to Him, the stronger this relationship is.


Oh, Father. Thank You for the wonderful privilege of prayer – our communication with You. Keep us mindful of this daily communication method. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

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Jan Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.

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2 Responses to WHY DO WE PRAY?

  1. “This was a revelation to me. If I am that close to God then I will already be in His will. Then I can go ahead and make decisions unless He puts a check in my spirit.”


    Janelle Marie

  2. Mary Haskett says:

    I can only echo your prayer. Dear Lord, Thank you for the privilege!

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