6 Benefits of Prayer
Jesus called the weak and weary to come to him for rest. When the prophet Jeremiah felt overwhelmed by his task at hand he turned to the Lord for renewal. It was through prayer that the prophet lamented, grieved, and found strength to continue his ministry. Likewise, prayer is an avenue by which we may share our heart to God and fully process everything that weighs down our spirit.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil.4:6-7
Got a problem? Don’t know the answer or solution? Pray about it. Prayer is, therefore, the highest path to real problem solving. God understands every situation and can provide real answers, specific answers. There is no need to go through life confused about anything.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5
Many of us think that we could handle life’s challenges better if we only had self confidence. While self confidence helps, it is limited to only what we can do by ourselves. When you make prayer a habit, God’s presence in you grows stronger and stronger and so does your confidence. Because prayer helps you to see your situation through the eyes of faith, it builds up your boldness.
“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Phil.4:13
God wants us to have peace of mind through Him, and to know that everything will work out fine if we rely on Him. We find that peace when we focus on His ability and willingness to deliver us from evil, instead of focusing on the problem at hand.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3.
God has a plan for every one of us. Many people go through life without ever thinking about it, but that doesn’t change the fact that God put you here for a purpose. You aren’t here by accident; you’re here because God put you here. And He put you here for a reason—so you could come to know Him in a personal way, and then live the way He wants you to live. Prayer brings the heart and will of God into clear focus.
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!” Psalm 143:10
Not only is confession good for the soul, but it is necessary to receive forgiveness for wrongdoing from God. When we confess our sins to God through prayer, He forgives us of our sins and our relationship with Him is restored. When we turn our heart towards God in prayer, we are able to not only repent and receive forgiveness, but offer forgiveness to others in return.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1John1:9