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Studies on Prayer Vol. 1

Why does God want us to pray? God is omniscient, all-knowing, and already knows everything we will ask or say. God is omnipotent and omnipresent, always knowing and always with us, so why do we need to offer him our requests or pray for him to strengthen us? Why does God want us to pray to him?

Prayer is a conversation and provides our continued connection with God throughout the day. While God is constantly connected to us, we are not constantly connected to him, except through prayer. Proverbs 3:5–6 teaches us to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts. Trusting God means we should not lean on our own understanding. Instead we are to acknowledge God, we are to know his voice and his will, so that his Spirit can then direct our path. 

The apostle Paul taught us to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).  Paul wanted Christians to understand that our relationship to God, and our access to his will, is a continuous, moment-to-moment sense of his holy and powerful presence, through his Spirit.

Why did God teach us to pray? Because God is our Father, and he enjoys talking to his children. God wants to guide our lives so that he can bless our obedience. God wants us to make choices that he can reward eternally.

Our earthly lives are a journey and heaven is our destination. The best way to live our lives now is by learning to pray continually so that we remain connected to God throughout our daily moments, for the whole of our lives.

These lessons are designed to guide your personal prayers and help them become the conversations the Lord wants to have with you each day—so he can guide and prosper your journey of life. I’ve often described our earthly lives as a “road trip” with heaven as our destination. Corrie ten Boom once asked, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”

One of the greatest gifts God has given his children is the gift of prayer. Hopefully these lessons on prayer will encourage you to take the wheel and allow God to steer.