Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Why We Pray?

Why We Pray?
There is more to the question “why we pray?” Then meets the eye. At first thought you think that it is just the way that we communicate with God, but there is much, much more to it than that. Actually, there is more to it than I will be able to put in this post, but I will get to that later. Today, I want to deal with the important aspects as to what the Bible tells us as to “Why We Pray?”

Today I want to look at Luke 18:1 – 8

Luke 18:1-8King James Version (KJV)

18 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

(it doesn’t matter how much you claim it, without a proper prayer life, Faith cannot be truly exercised. You should never lose heart, continue to always believe, and keep on praying.) Red writing Rev. Floyd’s Insertion

Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:

(but still, there was a poor widow woman, who was without influence, who could change his mind to her will.)

And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

(Do me justice.)

And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

(in the beginning, he thought nothing about her shenanigans.)

Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

(What this means is that every time the judge looked up she was in his face, and he gave up and finally gave her what she wanted!)

And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

(So, the Lord says that if the judge will give up and listen to the petition of a woman who he cares nothing about, will not God surely listened to repeated prayers of someone who really loves with a deep enduring love?)

And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

(Seeing that the judge was an unjust judge and knowing that God is not unjust like the judge was you must keep on praying, even though the judge delayed for selfish indifference, God at times delays for an all-wise purpose, depending on what is asked, or whether one has Faith or not.)

I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

(This is the assurance that God will answer your prayer, and in comparison to men, He will answer “speedily”. Considering that the church has been taken out of the world, at the Second Coming there won’t be very much Faith in the world; nevertheless, this will not stop or hinder the Second Coming)

So how do we see this playing out in our daily lives?

First, we must take the time to pray every day. By praying every day we build a relationship with God that helps us to understand who He is and that He is there for us. This in itself builds our Faith and as our Faith builds we can truly exercise our Faith by continuing to ask God for what we want.

Now, don’t misunderstand me, we can’t just ask him for anything. What we asked for must align with God’s Will. How do you know what God’s will is? I’ll answer that question later, but for now every day prayer is where we start.

Seeing that this is the beginning of the year, I wanted to start this year out right. By starting our year out on prayer, I believe we will get more out of this year and a lot further than we can imagine by getting to know our creator better through prayer.
                                Rev. Floyd Cryer
                                  Rev. Floyd Cryer

P.S. I have a new book coming out soon on Prayer…