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Why Is There Prayer, Anyway?

“You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2).

Ever ask yourself this question:  Why prayer?  If God is sovereign, totally in charge, and He knows all things and can do anything, then why require prayer of us?  Well, there are many answers to this question.  And we do not have time to go into an extensive study of prayer.  Suffice it to say that prayer is His plan.  God has ordained that prayer is the means by which He chooses to work on this earth. Continue reading

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Pray!

On this site I have often addressed current trends in our culture.  Reviewing many of them presents a rather bleak picture of our society.  Morally and spiritually America is on the skids, it seems.  Is there any hope at all?  Yes.  We still have hope that God can send another Great Awakening to this land.  He has done it before, several times.  He can do it again.  The key to such an awakening is for the church to humble itself before God and enter into a season of fervent prayer.  Prayer is the key.  Recently I was part of a three week prayer effort in my local church.  As part of this effort, I prepared a series of devotional reflections about the importance of prayer.  Many of these offered practical instruction on how to pray more effectively.  If you would like a copy of this 21 Days of Prayer then you can download it from here.  Just click on 21 Days of Prayer.

Praying to Saints

Question: Why do some people pray to saints? Where did this practice come from? And is it okay?

My Answer: Jesus taught us that prayer is appropriately offered to God the Father. He taught us to pray, “Our Father…” (Matthew 6:9). He told us to ask the Father, in the name of the Son (John 16:23, 14:13-14). Jesus Himself demonstrated to us this pattern of praying to the Father (see John 17:1, Matthew 26:39, John 11:41-42, etc. Also cf. Hebrews 5:7). Therefore, we see that the proper way to pray is to the Father. We do this through the Son, which is the only way that we approach God (John 14:6, Hebrews 14:14-16). Jesus is the mediator, the intermediary, between man and God (1 Timothy 2:5). Continue reading