Why do we pray?

I was doing a little light reading during tax season. You know, something different from the tax code.  The following is from Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology.  Enjoy!

  1. God wants us to pray because prayer expresses our trust in God and is a means whereby our trust in him can increase. In fact, perhaps the primary emphasis of the Bible’s teaching on prayer is that we are to pray with faith. Which means trust or dependence on God. God as our Creator delights in being trusted by us as his creatures, for an attitude of dependence is most appropriate to the Creator/creature relationship. When we truly pray, we as persons, in the wholeness of our character, are relating to God as a person, in the wholeness of his character.
  2. Prayer brings us into deeper fellowship with God, and he loves us and delights in our fellowship with him.
  3. God allows us as creatures to be involved in activities that are eternally important. When we pray, the work of the kingdom is advanced. In this way, prayer gives us opportunity to be involved in a significant way in the work of the kingdom and thus gives expression to our greatness as creatures made in God’s image.

How cool is that? So pray on brothers and sisters: depending on God, fellow-shipping with Him, and advancing the Kingdom of God to His glory!

 

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