Why is prayer so important?

I often wondered why do we have to pray? Is not like God does not know what we need and what we are going through until we tell Him, because I’m sure He knows our thoughts. But He still wants us to pray. He wants us to talk to Him.

Colossians 4:2

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Prayer is one of those things that sound easy , but it feels so hard to do it. Kind of going at the doctor because you’re not feeling well, and he sends you home and recommends that you drink enough water.

That’s simple right? You drink the amount of water needed for your body and you start feeling better. It definitely sounds easy but we still ignore it and find it hard to keep up.

I don’t know what’s the secret of prayer, but even Jesus spent most of His journey on Earth praying. If even Jesus Himself prayed…

When things are good, we forget to pray. We often find ourselves on our knees when we are desperate again. And it’s hard to reconnect, but after a few times, it becomes more natural, and better. It definitely feels better after we pray.

Prayer is knocking on Heaven’s doors.

2 Chronicles 30:27
The priests and the Levites stood to bless the people, and God heard them, for their prayer reached heaven, his holy dwelling place.

God’s will it will be done even if you pray or not, but there’s certain things He will only give you through prayer.

Mark 9:29
He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer. ”

So what do you prefer? A mediocre : get born, eat, live, die type of life? Or experiencing wonders every breath you take?

Prayer means submission, an honest prayer means putting your guard down and let God control the situation.

Here’s some good paragraphs I found on a Catholic blog:

"Prayer is easy. WE are difficult!

When we pray, therefore, we are forced to recognize who we are in the face of God, and sometimes He holds up a mirror, and the reflection there ain't so pretty, is it? Sometimes we get a good look at ourselves through His eyes because we've got a few flaws He wants to point out, and perhaps we don't want to see those flaws. Or perhaps we KNOW they are there but we don't really want to recognize them, or work on them."

"If you struggle with prayer, ask yourself what you're trying to get out of it. What are YOUR goals? WHY are you praying?

Then take a step back and look at God. Ask Him what He gets out of this relationship with us. Realize...nothing. God doesn't get ANYTHING out of it. He doesn't NEED us, but rather, WE need HIM! God created us entirely for Himself and wills our good - only our good! Our very ability to pray is in and of itself a pure gift from God."

"Prayer is simplicity itself. What is difficult is letting go of ourselves and our own wills enough to let God decide what and when. We have to let go of pride and realize that we can't manipulate Him.

Why is prayer difficult? Because through prayer, God is sanctifying us, is calling us to greater trials, conforming us to Himself, calling us to the Cross...all so that we might spend eternity with Him.

Thank you, Jesus. It really hurts to say it, and I don't know what's coming but....Thy will be done."


Drawing made by Jason Yaw.

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