If God is all knowing and all powerful, then why should I pray? Does prayer make a difference? How will I know my prayers worked?
While there are partial answers to these questions (I like to think of them as partial glimpses of God’s glory), the complete truth is found in Romans 11:33: “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” Or in short, we don’t fully comprehend.
The truth I do comprehend is that the Bible is filled with Scripture that implores us to pray. And in my limited understanding of God’s infinite wisdom I am called to have faith and demonstrate that faith through the obedience of praying. Even though I can’t fully comprehend it, God has declared that prayer is vital.
Let’s look at just a few of the Bible’s commands to pray:
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
My Sunday School teacher, mentor, and friend Marian Ashwill asks us often, “Who are you talking to throughout the day?” You know – that running monologue that goes on in your head? What if instead of having a monologue, you stayed connected to God through your thoughts all the day long? Tell Him what you are thinking! See how it changes your thought process!
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard you hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Fear and anxiety are suffocating. They steal our joy. There is a bold promise in the Bible – declare your request to God and His peace will guard you! So be faithful to pray!
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16
Pray for healing. Prayer can accomplish much. This can be tough to grasp because we don’t always see the visible, tangible results of our prayers. There isn’t always physical assurance that prayer is effective, but there is biblical assurance. I again lean on the fact that even though I don’t fully comprehend God, I can trust Him. His promises are good, and so I will have the faith to pray.
Talk to God throughout your day today. Ask Him for the desires of your heart. Pour out your hurts and fears to Him. After all, He is the source of all wisdom! The obedience of prayer is a sweet aroma to God.
About the Writer:
Caroline Moore is a wife and mom who loves Jesus. She also has a career in commercial real estate investing. God has given her a heart for encouraging other women. She and her husband, Eric, are the directors of the Fellowship Class, a young married Sunday School class, at First Baptist Dallas.