there’s nothing like prayer!

If you’re reading this, hopefully, you were able to hear tonight’s message.  If not, you can snag it at:


Anyways, here are a couple more fuel points to help you with prayer.  First, you can check out the comments below, that answer the question, “why I pray”.  These comments will not only get some fresh ideas about prayer, but also to get some positive reinforcement, which we all need!  Feel free to add your own answer(s) to encourage others as well. Second, you’ll see that I listed some books that I’ve found helpful on the topic of prayer.  Again, feel free to add your own suggestions as well.  🙂

·         The Power of Prayer & Fasting; Marilyn Hickey

·         Rees Howell’s Intercessor; Norman Grubb

·         Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret;

·         Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home;  Richard Foster

·         Power Through Prayer; EM Bounds

·         Intercessory Prayer; Dutch Sheets

·         With Christ in the School of Prayer; Andrew Murray

        The Power of Prayer; R.A. Torrey





I pray because when you worry, it’s worthless but when you pray it has a point. You can tell the Lord and he can actually do something about it. When you just worry about it, nothing changes but when you pray about it, everything changes. You might not see a change in circumstances immediately but really just speaking the words to God changes your attitude, your hope level, your expectations. It’s a change in posture too, instead of looking down, you’re looking up!

to communicate with God.
purposes for this may include worshipping, requesting guidance, requesting assistance, confessing sins, or to express your thoughts and emotions.

To pray is to have hope – because you know that God is listening to your words……..
and more importantly to your heart.

I’m really not very good at prayer, but one reason I love praying is that it brings me into the very presence of God. I do more singing of prayer and praise together making up little songs to Jesus alone. It’s a very personal thing to me … just being alone with my Jesus. It’s more of a worship experience for me. I haven’t really gotten excited about corporate prayer yet.

Roland Tamminga

To bring God’s solution to challenges I encounter or see others encounter. Going to the ultimate source to accomplish what I cannot without Him.

I pray (too often) out of need (mine) or even desperation for guidance when I don’t know what to do about a situation. That’s just honest.

What I pray about next most often – thanking God and being grateful for all the wonderful things he does for me and others. That’s prayer, too, I think.

What I do less well (but am cultivating)is to pray for others far more than myself, to pray in the sense talking less and listening more, and praying for him to speak with me about my faults and shortcomings (ugh! but again, just honest.

We are to “pray without ceasing.” I think I do that a lot more than I used to. I was so dependent upon God over the last 5 years with my folks, that I am much more frequently in communication w/ Him, even if it’s quick “text messages” instead of “long chats,” if you get my drift.

Here is why I pray:
1. God commands us to. (Philippians 4:6-7)
2. Our prayers are not in vain (Matthew 6:6,Romans 8:26-27)
3. He has promised that when we ask for things that are in accordance with His will, He will give us what we ask for (1 John 5:14-15)
4. We are to be diligent and persistent in prayer (Matthew 7:7; Luke 18:1-8)
5. Prayer is a way of finding God’s solutions to whatever situation you are in.

Pastor Sarah,
1) I pray first of all to connect with my closest friend and confidant. I need to know, experience His constant presence and care in every area of my life. This is like breathing to me spiritually.
2) I pray because of the many needs in my life and in the lives of those around me.
3) I pray because the Spirit directs me to pray for specific people or events. And the Bible tells us to pray for certain things.
4) I pray in the spirit to strengthen and energize myself spiritually for revelation and for ministering to others.

Hope it helps,
P. Sharon

I agree with ag3ntsmith.

I would also add:
To communicate with God.

Purposes for this may include worshipping, requesting guidance, requesting assistance,
confessing sins, or just to express your thoughts and emotions.

To pray is to have hope because you know God is listening to your words –
and more importantly to your heart.

I have no choice but to pray, it’s like the breath of life to me. It’s also my divine connection with the Trinity. God’s Word says that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are both interceding for me. When I join them in prayer I create a bond and release power that’s impossible for Satan to defeat. Ecc. 4:12 says that “a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Yet there’s more. When I pray I am one with God. It’s during that time that the Holy of Holies becomes a real place and not something to dream about. There I experience first-hand God’s love, receive His wisdom, direction, and healing. And it’s there that I can pray for others with is critical to my life as a child of God. Prayer helps me fulfill my and calling and purpose in life.

Shelly Hubbart

I pray because God listens to me, He speaks to me, and I know that He cares about me and my life. Through prayer God changes my heart, my thoughts and my way of being. I pray because I know that when I am not in communication with God my life falls apart…and when my life falls apart there is nothing left that I can do but go back to God in prayer. God has always been faithful to me. I can trust Him.


To include Him in our daily routines, like drinking coffee, reading the paper, etc… and sharing your own thoughts with Him in those things so that God isn’t just here and there, but everywhere at all times in the big and small… He cares about it ALL!

Lindsay Smith

Here is my super unspiritual answer….I pray because I have to connect with God everyday or I can’t survive. I need intimacy with Him or I don’t even feel like myself. Prayer isn’t just speaking or pacing back and forth, prayer is connection. Sometimes I change things up and I go on dates with Jesus.I know it sounds super cheesy, but I think it makes Him smile. I’m married now and I still take Jesus out on dates!! Sometimes we go to a movie or we sip apple cider and watch the leaves fall. He desires intimacy with us and we need it too. I went through a season of my life where I felt like I was sinning if I didn’t pray for an hour a day. I’ll tell you what though, connection is what it is all about. A moment of actually connecting your heart to God’s is better than hours of speaking your own selfish rants. Better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere!!!

Prayer is so many things…but to me ultimately is communications with my best friend and confident, its checking in with him on how to handle situations, asking for guidance, peace, It’s also connecting with him on an intimate level, spending time with him, learning and growing from him. I admit I’m not typically one to spend hours in the prayer closet, but most likely to check in with him many times in short intervals. There are many times where I need the hour or two sessions with him and they are always wonderful, But the more I grow and learn about him the more I realize that he just wants to be with me, to talk with me and have me listen.

i pray for help when i feel like i’m drowning. i pray when i don’t know how to help others or for wisdom to encourage them. but, mostly, i pray to commune with God. it’s my time to have some intimacy with Him. i don’t do it nearly as often as i should and i really feel it when i don’t. it’s as if i start to feel as if i don’t really know Him or His character. for instance, in discipline. a Father is firm but gentle, but i forget that and i hide from Him. then, i pray and i realize, oh yes, this is who He is. He isn’t going to send His wrath to punish me, but will lovingly correct me. it’s as intimate a relationship as any. if that makes any sense at all. (sometimes my thoughts sounds much better in my head than written out) 🙂

Pastor Sarah 🙂
I prayed when it was so dark I could not see in front of me and I was not in the dark. I prayed when my friend’s son took his last breath and went to see God, I prayed when I was speechless to comfort a mourning mother, I prayed because that is what brought comfort to me in those dark days. I knew I could communicate with the only one who could comfort me in those tough times and bring me closer to him through prayer. Without prayer I would still been in the dark.


I pray just to talk with God about everything that I’m feeling and worried about. Questions I may have about certain situations. A little chuckle I share with him.

He literally is my best friend. He has become my first thought when I wake up and my last when I go to sleep. I never thought that I would be at this place in my life since I struggled with prayer when I first became a christian.

I had such a hard time praying when I was a new christian. To be perfectly honest I felt a little silly talking to someone that I could not see. Than a very good mentor of mine who discipled me told me to begin praying be journaling. That helped me leaps and bounds and still helps me today when I have trouble vocalizing my feelings.

I pray because it recharges my spiritual and mental batteries. I always feel encouraged and gain a sense of peace inside. The more I pray, the more aware I become that God “really” is there listening.

Also, I discovered that through prayer you start to recognize God’s voice in your heart. I never realized how much of a “two way” conversation it can be until I started prayer. I remember at first questioning if what I perceived was my own imagination. I can describe it like answering a phone call and recognizing someones voice. You don’t have ask who it is anymore because you’ve talked so much, you know who it is. Prayer is the COOLEST thing!

I pray so I can find intimacy with God through communicating with Him. I pray to talk to Him and thank Him and also to get wisdon, direction, strength,and peace

Richard Patton

Hi Sarah,
I seek God’s face first thing each morning, to tell Him I love Him and I desire to know what He has for me to do that day. I’m of a mind that He knows my needs, so I seek His face not His hand. I take time to thank Him for my Blessings – benefits – Healing – Favor – Provision etc… The Word says He desires a love relationship with me, I too need that relationship. Jn. 14:19-21 I have found out of my obedience to start my day with prayer He paves the way for a good day for me and I have the preparation/power within me to take on whatever challenge that day brings to me.

I believe that God has blessings stored up for us, just waiting on us to ask for them! The Bible says (can’t remember where exactly) that God is seeking people that He can bless, who want to be blessed…He wants to give us what we need and even want. Like Psalms 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” He said to ask for ANYTHING and it would be done/given. I have seen this again and again in my life, when I lay down my selfish ambition and motivations and truly ask God for something in faith, He always comes through. SO – I pray because God wants to answer my prayers! 🙂

Here’s some feedback from last Weds PM. You prayed for healing for eyes. Well, I was so tired I could hardly keep my eyes open and I wanted to get out of there and then you said you were going to pray for healing for eyes. I stood up because I have a stigmatism and I’ve noticed lately that my eyes are changing and it’s getting harder to read small print. But I have to say that as much as I love the inheritance of healing that Jesus paid so dear a price for us for, all I could think about at that moment was getting gone. So we prayed and a new (to me) thing happened. I felt a hand touch my head and when I looked no one was there and instantly a concerning symptom of dizzyness, which had been bothering me for weeks and weeks, left and my impatience left too and I became a little slap happy. My eyes which had been all bleary cleared up and when I returned to work the next day to read something I couldn’t read the day before, I was able to read two words. What I was trying to read was the inside of a bazooka bubble gum wrapper and the front and back images bleed into each other and that complicates the image. The day before it was all a blurr. After prayer the images were discernable and I was able to read two of the words “cool stuff”. I’ve been looking at it everyday to keep track of the ongoing improvements. I also noticed I was able to read the display on the little recording device I use at worship practice. It was concerning to me that the letters were all running together and I was really happy to be able to read it so clearly tonight! The dizzyness has stayed away 90% which I am really happy about and I never thought it was related to my eyes but that could be exactly what caused that. Thanks for all the obedience!

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