Friday, August 9, 2013

The Purpose of Prayer

Many people aren’t motivated to pray because they don’t understand why they need to do it. Suppose your friend says, “I’d like for you to go in my backyard and dig some holes four feet deep.” You don’t want to do it but because he’s your friend, you agree to do it.  

Ten minutes into digging you start complaining about the heat. Twenty minutes later your back begins to hurt. You keep looking at your watch, wondering how much longer he wants you to dig. After an hour you’re mad at him because you have no idea why you’re doing useless work.

But suppose your friend gives you more information. “My grandfather buried bags of gold coins in my backyard four feet deep. If you will dig them up, I’ll share the treasure with you.” You get excited and start shoveling dirt as fast as you can. You’re not even thinking about sweating, blisters, or backaches. Now you have one thing on your mind—finding the gold.

What changed? Your motivation increased once you understood the reason for your digging and that you would benefit from it. In the same way, your motivation to pray will increase once you understand the purpose of prayer and how you will benefit by doing it.  

Did you know that some things will not happen unless you pray? Otherwise, prayer would serve no purpose. “You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2). Prayer is like having a passkey that will unlock doors.  It won’t open every door, but it will unlock the doors that are in God’s will.  However, if you don’t use the passkey many doors will remain closed.  

Through your prayers God can change your circumstances and open doors of opportunity for you. The Lord wants you to participate in bringing His will to pass on earth through your prayers. The key is in your hand. It’s up to you to use it.
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