The Purpose of Prayer
Prayer isn't about getting whatever you want, even if they are good things. Prayer is about getting closer to the Father through Jesus, and experiencing His love and plans through the blessings and heart-aches of life.
There are a lot of misconceptions about prayer.
When you think of prayer, what comes to your mind? Do you pray? If so, how do you pray?
Many people give requests to God, but when He doesn’t answer, they turn their backs on Him for good. The lies come flooding in-
“If God is real, He would have answered that prayer.”
“If God loves me, He would have said yes.”
Here’s the thing- God is real and God is love REGARDLESS if He answers your prayers or not. My husband says it this way- “God is not our super-powered best friend that makes everything better whenever we want Him to.”
The purpose of prayer is to not get whatever you want, but it is to discover abundant LIFE in every season we walk through. The purpose of prayer is to be satisfied in God completely and fully. It is to allow God to unveil His plans for our lives, which is often opposite of what we expect.
God’s word says “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
God created us with the intention of answering prayers and giving us our heart’s desires.
But the word says something else that must grab our attention as well- Jeremiah 17:9 says “the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure, who can understand it?"
Without Jesus transforming us, our hearts are deceitful and wicked. We are naturally selfish without the transforming power of Christ. The purpose of prayer is to give our hearts fully to Jesus and allow Him to transform us from the inside out. As He does, He heals our heart, soul, and mind. We begin to see things the way God intended, apart from the deception of sin and it's consequences.
God DOES answer prayer, but it might not be in the way we see or think He should. We need to remember that God is God- He created the heavens and the universe, He sees the beginning of time to the end. He has a grand plan that we get to play a small role in. God is also viewing things from eternity’s perspective, and we see things only from a temporary state of mind. God’s heart is to answer your prayers, but He wants to answer the prayers that will benefit your good and the good of the kingdom. Remember- He is a loving Father who cares about His children. Just like our parents said no to some of our requests out of love and protection, God will do the same to us.
There have been many times in my own life where I have thanked God for not saying yes to some prayers I have prayed. He has an amazing plan that we can’t always see, but if we follow and trust Him, He will prove Himself to be a faithful, loving Father- the Father He promises He will be.
No matter what you’re facing today, whether hard times or good times, I want to encourage you to seek Jesus. Through having a prayerful relationship with Christ, where you speak and He speaks to you, you will find abundant life. You will find fulfillment, peace, and satisfaction EVEN in the midst of loss, grief, or suffering. God longs to satisfy the depths of your soul, He wants to heal your wounds and give you everlasting peace. Even if He says no to some of your prayers, He is a good Father with a good plan. There are a lot of things we will not understand in this life, but God promises that: “He is near to the brokenhearted…” Psalm 34:4
No matter where He leads you, His plan is THE BEST plan for your life. He is your Creator and He knows you better than you know yourself. Following Christ is hard. There is a guarantee you will suffer, be persecuted, and you will go through the deserts of life, but you will always have the promise of eternal life. No matter what hard trials come your way, you will always have access to peace, joy, and a firm foundation you can bank your life on. Because of the Holy Spirit’s power and presence, we are never alone or abandoned. That is worth more than anything this world can offer you. Following Jesus is hard and sacrificial, but it is oh so worth it. True life is found when you deny yourself and pick up your cross for the cause of Christ.
God bless you dear friend, and may you discover all of what God has for you.