Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” Matthew 6:8. Wow, God understands us so well that he knows exactly what we are going to pray about before we even have come to him! So why pray if He already knows?

     The Lord is always there for you in hardships, but He is also there during the times of blessings. Deuteronomy 31: 8-9 “And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”  When you come to God in prayer, He is happy to hear from you!  It means that you trust in Him and are opening your heart to your Savior.  You depend on God and that is wonderful! 

     We are God’s children. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” 1 John 3:1.  Why wouldn’t we come to Him? Just as we may confide in our earthly parents, we should also confide in our Heavenly Father.  What better way to grow closer to God in a spiritual, pure way!

     Sometimes we do not see the bigger picture. The world is so big maybe we find ourselves lost and discouraged.  Do our prayers really make a difference?  Yes, they do! “We pray because it’s an amazing way that we get to be involved in what God is already doing in our world,” says Melanie Redd.  Our prayers show Him that we believe in his intricate plan for this vast universe.  While we may not get the answer we wanted, know that God is always listening.

     When you are being tempted into sinful activities, prayer is just the answer to keep you on track! “And when he was at the place, he said unto them, pray that ye enter not into temptation.” Luke 22:40. Everyone sins, and everyone needs help when it comes to making the right choices. We are only human!  Next time you feel yourself slipping into something sinful, take a moment to pray for God’s strength.

 “God shapes the world by prayer.  The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” – Mother Teresa