Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Why Pray?

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

If I told you that you were going to have an audience with the Queen this afternoon and spend 15 minutes just chatting and asking her what ever you wanted, wouldn’t that be a wonderful opportunity?

Or suppose you could have 15 minutes alone with the Prime Minister, I’m sure there are plenty of things you would like to say to him about how the country is being run.

Are those scenarios likely? Probably not.

Now what if we could spend 15 minutes alone with God? An impossible scenario? Not at all. That possibility is open to us everyday, if only we would take it.

But why should we? Why should we spend time alone with God in prayer?

Here’s just a few thoughts:

1. When I pray I declare my dependence on God

As human beings we value independence, hard work, and making it on our own. But when we pray, we are saying to God, “We need You.” “We admit we are inadequate – We are helpless – We need Your help in this situation.”

As long as we are self-sufficient we won’t see the value in prayer.

2. When I pray I grow in my relationship with God

The more time you spend with God you will find that the nature of your relationship will change to a different level. You will not become more saved, more attractive to God, or get more things from Him - But your relationship will change from that of master/servant, to father/son.

3. When I pray I ask and receive from God

God wants us to ask and receive from Him in prayer. The longer we are a Christian, the more we should ask Him for, because we learn to trust Him and believe in His ability to a much greater extent than ever before.

4. When I pray I build the kingdom for God

This is a really exciting thing about prayer – It’s an act of cooperation with God in the building of His kingdom on earth. Prayer is God’s program; Prayer is God’s modus operandi for getting things done.

When we pray we are teaming up with God to accomplish His work in the world.

Have a good, prayerful week.

Pastor Barry

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