10 Reasons Why Prayer Is Important In Our Lives

Almost everyone has prayed at some time or another, whether it’s sending out an occasional plea as an act of desperation in a time of need, or praying on a daily basis out of a personal relationship with the Lord.  

Whether you already understand the importance of prayer, or you need to learn more about the why and how of prayer, these reasons why prayer is important can make a difference in your prayer life and in your daily life. 

What Prayer Is

Simply put, prayer is a conversation with God. Prayer is a way for God’s people to see God’s power at work in their individual lives. The Bible says, “The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect”. (James 5:16b)

There are many different types of prayer and ways to pray, but we are sticking to simplicity here, so will focus on the basics. 

Simply put, there are asking prayers, complaining prayers, praising or worshiping prayers, silent prayers, prayers for others in need, prayers prayed by a group,  prayers of the Holy Spirit, silent prayers, and prayers of confession or asking God’s forgiveness, just to name a few. 

All you really need to know is that you can talk to God about absolutely anything and at any time or in any place.

We should always pray first, not leaving prayer as a last resort. Don’t worry – if you’re just getting started, you will forget to pray, and that’s ok, as long as you realize that engaging God’s power should come before we try to manage or fix something in our own strength. 

Prayer is God’s love language, it is holy and powerful, and the absolute best way of spending time with the Creator of the universe.

Prayer is that special time we get to spend with Him, in order to receive God’s wisdom and His power, in order to know the will of God, to learn God’s mind and His heart, and to know God’s peace.  

What Prayer Is Not

Prayer is not a to-do list or a checklist, and not something you do right or wrong. Prayer is offered only to God, not to other people or powers in the spiritual realm (I do not advise addressing the devil in prayer – that’s getting into dangerous territory).

Prayer is not flowery language spoken to impress anyone. In fact, God is delighted even with our bumbling words, and He is not afraid of our sobbing,  shouting or groveling-on-the-floor prayers. 

Prayer is not just for your pastor or for those who are super-spiritual. It is for ordinary people who want to experience the presence of God in our daily lives. 

I believe it’s safe to say that the power of prayer is not utilized nearly enough. Think how amazing things would be if we always remembered to bring everything to God in prayer. Of course, we are not perfect this side of heaven, but there can never be too much prayer. It is really that important!  

Prayer is not going to take all of your time. Most of us do not have hours of our day to devote to constant prayer. But we can still train ourselves to be in constant prayer by being ready to pray in any given moment.

In nearly any and every situation, we can bow our heads, whisper a prayer, or even slip into a quiet place and kneel in prayer. 

So you see, prayer is really a simple thing, basically a two-way conversation with God, our heavenly Father. Prayer is so important that we can utilize it in grocery stores, while driving the car, while doing the dishes or folding the laundry. 

Prayer absolutely 100 percent makes a difference. And in addition to changing the situation, prayer can cause great changes in ourselves.

Why Prayer Is Important

God has given us great power by giving us the gift of prayer. It is amazing that we can influence change with faith and a conversation with our Father, God. I have included several Bible verses for examples of each reason, below, for the importance of prayer. 

1. Prayer is an act of obedience to God

Obedience is an important part of the Christian life. We miss out on many opportunities when we miss being obedient to God.

Praying is not an option for Christians.  

In Matthew 6 when Jesus is instructing the disciples how to pray before teaching them by using the Lord’s prayer, he says “When you pray” multiple times as He speaks to them. Note that He isn’t telling them to pray, but assuming that they are already doing so.  

Ephesians 6:18 (CSB)

Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.” 

1 Thessalonians 5:17

“Pray continually.”

Colossians 4:2

Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving.” 

2. We Can Approach God Confidently In Prayer

Moses, in Exodus, asked God to show Himself to him. God told Moses that  no one can look upon God’s face and live. To be in God’s presence is an honor that we shouldn’t take lightly, but neither should we shy away from approaching Him in humble prayer. 

Hebrews 4:16

Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.

Ephesians 3:12

In him we have boldness and confident access through faith in him.

3. Prayer Overcomes Spiritual Warfare

God and Satan are not equally matched. God’s strength far outweighs that of the devil, in fact God is stronger that Satan and all of his demons put together, because God’s power is supreme.  

Ephesians 6:16-18

In every situation take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit – which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. 

Matthew 6:13

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

Jesus used the Lord’s Prayer as an example to teach the disciples how to pray. This request from that prayer is a perfect example of asking God to deliver us from evil and keep us from temptation. 

4. Prayer Will Start Your Day Right

No matter the mood you start you day with, talking with God can always boost that mood.

Meeting with the Creator before jumping into the day can feed us just we’ve been needing, whether that’s peace about something, a new approach to a specific problem, an answer we’ve been seeking, or just a plain attitude adjustment. 

Psalm 59:16

But I will sing of your strength and will joyfully proclaim your faithful love in the morning. For you have been a stronghold for me, a refuge in my day of trouble. 

Psalm 143:8

Let me experience your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in you. Reveal to me the way I should go because I appeal to you.” 

Isaiah 33:2

Lord, be gracious to us! We wait for you. Be our strength every morning and our salvation in time of trouble.” 

Psalm 90:14

Satisfy us in the morning with your faithful love so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days. 

5. Daily Prayer Is Like Our Daily Bread. 

By praying daily, we stay connected to the source of all of our needs. Then we won’t miss noticing God’s blessings, and by praying for our needs or the needs of others, we are sure to notice what He has provided.

When we receive guidance from God as we pray, we are in tune to receive and obey Him. 

Matthew 6:11

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

Job 23:12

“I have not departed from the commands from his lips; I have treasured the words from his mouth more than my daily food.”

Deuteronomy 8:3

He humbled you by letting you go hungry; then he gave you manna to eat, which you and your ancestors had not known, so that you might learn that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” 

6. Prayer activates God’s will 

When we pray according to God’s will, the Bible tells us He will answer our prayers. When we are in relationship with God, we connect with the heart of God, and God’s desires become our desires.

God wants us to pray according to His will. We can see in general what God’s heart and His will are throughout the Scriptures. 

Hebrews 11:6

Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” 

1 John 5:14-15

This is the confidence we have before him: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of him. 

7. Prayer is an act of worship

We were made to worship. Worshiping and prayer go hand in hand. God is delighted when we worship Him in our prayers. We worship no other God but the Lord God, and we worship Him in the good times and in the bad times.

It is our delightful purpose to proclaim our praises to Him even when it’s hard, because then it is called a sacrifice of praise. 

Hebrews 13:15

Therefore, through him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.

Acts 16:25

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

Psalms 150:6 (NKJV)

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! 

8. Prayer Deepens Our Relationship With God

Spending time with someone we care about strengthens our relationship with that person. Spending time with God does the same.

When we are praying, we are pouring out our hearts to Him. Even during the silences of our prayer time, we can feel close to Him as He silently guides and teaches us.

God is with us even when we don’t sense His presence, and prayer is a way to draw close to Him in the times we feel Him near and when we have drifted away from Him. Remember that God is never the one who moves farther away, it is always us that drifts. 

Psalm 16:8 (NKJV)

“I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”

Acts 17:26-27

From one man he has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. He did this so that they might seek God and perhaps they might reach out and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” 

9. God Fights Our Battles When We Pray

Prayer is the best way to deal with difficult people, taking them to God in private, so that He can deal with them and help us to know what to say or how to act when we are in contact with them.

When we give our problems and battles to God, we are trusting Him to handle them. His way is always best, even if it seems to not make sense at the time. Remember, God is always working behind the scenes on our behalf when we have given the situation to Him beforehand.

The Bible tells of King Jehoshephat placing his worshipers in the front of the army. When they marched over the hill, the enemy armies had already destroyed each other, and they didn’t have to lift a finger – just pray and praise!

2 Chronicles 20:17

You do not have to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. He is with you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. 

Psalms 35:1

“Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me; Fight against those who fight against me.” 

10. Prayer Changes Things (And Us)

When we pray, we acitvate God’s will and His power to help us overcome the enemies and obstacles in our lives.

Prayer slams the door on spiritual warfare, enables us to bear much fruit, and gets the Good News of the Gospel out to people who would otherwise never have had the chance to know it.

We are often surprised to see that, as God has worked in something we’ve prayed for, He has also brought change to our hearts, sometimes giving us understanding, often strengthening our faith and growing us into more mature Christians.

When we allow God to take us on the journey, we may learn things about ourselves we weren’t already aware of. 

Psalm 138:3

“On the day I called, you answered me; you increased strength within me.”

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 

Proverbs 16:20

The one who understands a matter finds success, and the one who trusts in the Lord will be happy.

Isaiah 40:31

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Conclusion

Prayer is the way the children of God can be in constant communication with the Lord God. Since the beginning of time, all through the Bible, we see great examples of God’s people praying all kinds of prayers.

The powers of this dark world are conquered by the prayers of the people, prayed in the power of God in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

And when we realize that we each have the ability to change our world with the simple act of powerful prayer, we will have learned what true prayer is.

The power of the weakest prayer, from the heart of the weakest believer, can unleash the thunderous power of God in ways that will change hearts and shape the world by His hand. 

For more posts on prayer try:

Praying At All Times: Lessons From Nehemiah

Examples Of Intercessory Prayer In The Bible

Encouraging Stories And Bible Verses About Answered Prayer

How To Start A Prayer Journal.

And, if you’re interested in learning more about all things prayer, head over to Val Marie Paper website for great teaching, inspiration, books, and prayer journals.

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