Why We pray

Some people ask "If God knows everything, why do we need to pray"?
* Protection * Peace * Healing * Opening doors of opportunity * Closing doors not good for us * Providing for us * Sending us our spouse * Saving us

Prayer Changes our Circumstances and Prayer Changes Us.

God Commands Us to Pray
  • "Pray without ceasing" - 1 Thessalonians 5:17
  • "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God" - Philippians 4:6
  • "pray for those who persecute you" Matthew 5:44
Jesus Prayed
  • "But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray" Luke 5:16
  • "And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray..." Matthew 14:23
  • "And they went to a place called Gethsemane.  And he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray"". Mark 14:32
Prayer is How We Communicate with God
  • "Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you."  Jeremiah 29:12
  • "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer" 1 Peter 3:12
  • "Out of my distress I called on the Lord: the Lord answered me and set me free" Psalms 118:5
Prayer  Protects us from Evil
  • "I  will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God in Him will I trust, Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the noisome pestilence."  Psalms 91 2-3
  • "Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26:41
  • "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me..." Psalms 23:4 
"Prayer is beyond any question the highest activity of the human soul. Man is at his greatest and highest when upon his knees he comes face to face with God."
~ Martyn Lloyd-Jones