Pray Why pray Why pray We pray because … The God who created the universe we see around us actually wants us to come to know Him better. Prayer is all about relationship with our God of love who wants us to be in touch with Him. The whole story of the bible is one in which we see God wants us to live our lives connected with His plans and purposes. He constantly invites us to draw near and listen to Him ‘Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while he is near’ (Isaiah 55:6); ‘Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11:28). And as we draw closer and start to pray we find we discover more fully who we are. We pray because God himself modeled it in Jesus - life of prayer. Jesus did not say ‘if you pray’, but ‘when you pray’ (Matthew 6:5-7). He did not squeeze prayer into His life and ministry. He slotted in His friendships, ministry and traveling between times of prayer. We pray because the early Christians made prayer a priority in their worship, decision-making and mission – and its importance has been passed down the generations to this day. We pray because our prayers matter to our heavenly Father. We may think that our prayer is too small to be noticed. We read in the book of Revelation that for half an hour the worship was stopped so that the prayers of the saints (which is us!) could be heard, received and then sent back down to earth to make a difference (Revelation 8:1-5). We pray because our heavenly Father wants to extend His kingly rule in His world and He has chosen us to work with Him. In this partnership of friendship, God can do things through us that he could not do if we did not pray. We pray because our heavenly Father wants to bring change – change firstly in ourselves. The more we find ourselves caught up in conversations with God and invite him to be part of our daily lives, the more we will find our moods, our thoughts, and our priorities are changed (Colossians 3:10). He also wants to bring change through us to others. He is longing for us to be channels of His love, His peace and His healing and to enable all people to come to know his son Jesus Christ.