New insights about the importance of pray that I had gather from some of the scriptural versers are , In Colossians 4: 2 God asked us to pray continually: So we hold fast and not let go, we be persistent in praying. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 God said to pray without ceasing; We need to pray regularly and persistently. In Hebrews 11:6 said that without faith it is impossible to please God: God wants us to believe that he exist and that the God of the scriptures is the only real and true God who exists and he will rewards our faith in him with forgiveness and righteousness as promised.
God is always willing to listen, he is just waiting for his people to be willing to talk and have a relationship with him.
God already knows what we are going to pray about before we even get started, therefore there is no need for rambling.
Even when we think he is not listening or answering our prayers, he is! Our answers come on God’s timing not our own.
So always have patience with God, just as he is patient with us.
That God cares about me and what I am going through and that when I pray He bends and listens.
I picture God bending down to hear what I have to say. That I matter to Him, so He doesn’t want to miss a word that I say. He cares that much about me. So, it’s important that I think carefully about my prayer requests, my motives, desiring that my will aligns with His.
call and you will be answered
When going to the Lord in prayer I place myself in the position of a child seeking their earthly daddy. God is Abba Father to me. I can run to Him with childlike trust knowing that He will catch me when I fall. My Abba Father doesn’t just know I’m calling out to Him, He inclines His ear to my heart so He not only knows the words that are coming out of my mouth He knows that what He is hearing is the abundance of what is in my heart. He knows me by name, He knows my heart.
That God ‘protects the simple-hearted’
The Lord protects the unwary.
To model after Jesus and pray about all things. God’s desire is that we pray and He will hear our voice.
Psalm 116:1-2, “I love the LORD because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath.” This scripture really encouraged me because I had never thought of God bending down and coming close to me to hear my prayers. It is a very intimate picture. I imagined my prayers having to go up to heaven to reach Him, never that He would come close to me to hear my prayer. Like a Father looking in on his child as they pray.
That God rewards us for praying. That anyone can pray. That prayer is important and it is taking action.
Praying is not a skill. I can pray iin a way that express my gratitude for how good is God to me. Thankful for His grace,mercy and love to me.
I often think that to pray is to ask God to be with me in a decision that I had made. Now that my misunderstanding about it is clearer, I can in faith now ends my prayer “thy will be done” . All because I believe He care to bless me.
“Because you prayed” What promise!
And without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6). First, “anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists.” Second, the Lord’s followers must believe “that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” If we did not pray, we are deprived of the blessings that He is pouring upon us.
Isiah 37:21, “Because you prayed” Though it does not mean that every time we prayed, it will go our direction. But if we did not pray, nothing will be changed and hence, the importance of our prayer.
Praying to our Heavenly Father is an essential part of our relationship with GOD.
I think one of the most important things I will take away from Psalm 116 is the appreciation that God wants to conversate with me! Despite my flaws He wants to incline His ears to me and He will! Although I knew that it hit a little different in the context of this lesson. I am so thankful to have a father who wants a relationship with me through the mighty power of prayer!
We have the ability to potentially change events by interacting with God’s will. I tend to approach life with a sense of resignation (Well, God knows the future and he is in control, so that’s that.) Because of this, my prayer life often consists of “God, let me be content with your decision,” Although this is good in that it keeps me from worrying about things and from trying to take charge, it also de-emphasizes any role that I have. However, the “Because you prayed” verse in Isaiah indicates that our prayers CAN have an effect on the outcome and that I don’t have to just sit back and pray to be content with whatever happens.
That God bends down to listen to our prayers. David and Jeremiah lived in different periods of Israelite history, but the times in their part of the journey were formidable and they were great men of faith who relied upon the power of prayer as they journeyed with God to navigate the role and work God had prepared for them by seeking His counsel always, even in the most challenging of circumstances and in the spirit of thanksgiving they knew God would listen and Provide.