Why do you pray?

In the words of Oswald Chambers, “The purpose of prayer is that we get ahold of God, not of the answer.”  So, why do you pray?

Prayer is a powerful weapon and tool for those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.  The goal of prayer is not that we get something. Or that we hear from God is some way.  The goal of prayer is that we grow closer to God and with His Son, Jesus.  That’s it.  Matthew writes in the New Testament, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (New Living Translation, Matthew 6:33).

I recall working for UPS while in Seminary.  I loaded package cars for delivery in Fort Worth, TX.  Those packages would come down the belt to my slide… and they would come fast!  It would get overwhelming most mornings.  Everytime I would stop and look at how bad I was backed up that feeling would come over me like I will never get this done.  I would overcome this by looking at the package that was right at my finger tips.  One package at a time and I would get it done.  It wasn’t by reaching beyond what I could do but by taking ahold of the package right before me. 

If I can encourage you with one thing today, I would say to you, get close to the Lord.  Don’t worry about that thing that is beyond your control or grasp.  Look to God and pray in Jesus name.  Seek first His Kingdom and he will help you with the rest.  In this moment look to Him and rest assured of His love.  Pray in order to get ahold of God and not the answer.

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2 thoughts on “Why do you pray?

  1. Margaret, thanks for reading and commenting! I’m very encouraged!!

    This post is actually a lead in to what I plan to do for Lent. Your book, Wonderstruck, has sparked me seeking God for what I should do during Lent. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…” The focus for my prayers during Lent.

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