May 2 Why Pray?

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:9–13

Key Verse: Luke 6:12

Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Have you ever felt like asking God why you should pray? Your world seems to be hanging by a thread. Emotionally, you feel empty. The future looks dim, and just when you think it cannot get any worse, it does. How could prayer help your situation? It is in prayer that we find hope and a solution for every problem we face:

  • Prayer readjusts the focus of our hearts and minds. In times of crisis, it is easy to focus on the darkness of the prevailing situation. Prayer causes us to look to a source of help that will never fail us. When we focus our minds on Christ and His ability, our hearts will cease to be anxious. Peace will reign.
  • Prayer gives us an opportunity to witness God’s involvement in our lives. His greatest desire is to build a personal relationship with each one of us. As we worship Him through prayer, He draws near to us and offers us His assurance and acceptance.
  • Prayer helps us understand the love of God. Prayer is our direct line of communication to God. True prayer begins with confession of any sin, and repentance.

There may be times when you wonder, Why pray? My world is crumbling all around me. This is the time when you need to pray the most. Prayer is your greatest avenue of hope, because it leads you straight into the throne room of God.

Lord, I thank You that prayer leads me straight to Your throne room. I have total access in time of need.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 129). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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