Should I Pray?

This post is stimulated by a previous post--Questions About Prayer. (Click the link to view that post.)

The first question I proposed about prayer is likely the simplest.

Should you (or I) pray?

If you are a Christian, you probably know the "right" answer; yet most of us don't act on the right answer.

We see prayer in the Old Testament, with such great examples as Moses, Jacob, Gideon, Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah, Daniel, and many more.

We also see prayer extensively mentioned in the New Testament. Perhaps most convincing is the fact that Jesus himself prayed while he walked on this earth.

It seems almost foolish to us that the God-man would pray to his Father in Heaven. Yet, he did. He demonstrated to us that prayer is more than just a ceremonial tradition. 

It's more than just a wish list, or a request box. 

It's more than just a duty.

Prayer is the communication method between God and man.

Of course, many other New Testament leaders prayed. In fact, all of them did. Paul, Peter, James, John, Mark, Luke, Jude, Matthew, Timothy, and many others prayed continuously.

If they needed it, why don't I?

I do need to pray.

If the examples of other believers weren't enough, there are direct commands in the Bible for Christians to pray.

Matthew 26:41 [Jesus said] "Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation..."

Matthew 5:44 [Jesus said] "Pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."

Mark 13:33 [Jesus said] "Take heed, watch and pray; for you know not when the time is."

Luke 18:1 And [Jesus] spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

Luke 21:36 [Jesus said] "Watch therefore and pray always."

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit [of God].

Philippians 4:6 In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.

Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.

I Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

I Timothy 2:8 I [wish] therefore, that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

James 4:2 ...You have not because you ask not.

James 5:16 ...Pray for one another...

It doesn't matter how much I know to do. 

It only matters what I actually do.

I can say prayer is good, prayer is great, prayer is nice. 

I can pray in public and pretend that prayer is a big part of my life.

But is it?

That's the question.

How about you, Christian?

Do you ever pray?

If not, start today.

If so, then perhaps you've had some of the same questions about prayer as I have had.

More answers to come.

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