21 Benefits of Prayer
My brief story
If we really don't understand how important something or someone is, we will never appreciate it or them. It is a fact that many people don't realize the importance of someone until they die. While they were alive they took them for granted or didn't say how much they were loved. And now that they are gone and so is all hope of ever being able to say or do what should have been done.
Many today don't appreciate God for who he is or for what he has done. Instead they try to take his name out of everything that this country has stood for. For many years I did not appreciate him neither. I did not want to associate with anyone who was a Christian until one night I almost lost my life. A person was standing over me with a knife about to stab me and there was nothing that I could do.
I found out how important the Lord really was to me then and still is now because he saved my life both physically and spiritually. (true story). I discovered through reading the bible and fellow shipping with other Christians that there are many benefits in prayer and I've listed just 21 in this lens.
Through the finished work of Christ on the cross we can now come to the throne of grace boldly to find help in time of need.
In the old Testament the high priest were sometimes killed for not approaching God properly, but now because of Jesus we can come to God in prayer without fear.
We can ask what we want in prayer with the promise he will answer
We can pray as much and long without boring God
Daniel prayed 3x's a day
Jesus while on earth spent all night in prayer
We can have prayer partners and groups and increase the power of prayer
If two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything they shall ask, it shall be done (Matthew 18:19):
Acts 12:5 declares that prayer was made for Peter without ceasing and an angel let him out of prison.
God wants us praying rather than fainting and giving up (Luke 18:1)
Prayer will remove anxiety (Philippians 4:6)
The Holy Spirit will help us to pray when we don't know what to pray for (Romans 8:26)
Prayer can bring peace on our jobs, in our country, in our homes as we pray for those in authority 1 Timothy 2:1)
Prayer brings forgiveness of sin (1 John 1:9)
Prayer connects one with right people
After prayer Jesus chose his disciples
Prayer is the opportunity to commune with the creator of the universe
Benefits of prayer continued
- Prayer keeps one from entering into temptation:
Jesus told his disciples in the garden to watch and pray that they enter not into temptation
- Prayer causes the heavens to open:
Luke 3:21 says that Jesus was praying and the heaven was opened.
- Prayer prepares one for the Holy Spirit to come:
When Jesus prayed the heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him (Luke 3:22).
- Prayer positions one to hear God speak:
Luke 3:22 declares that a voice came from heaven which said, thou art my beloved Son in thee I am well pleased.
- Prayer delivers from danger:
Daniel prayed three times a day and was delivered from the lions den.
- Prayer brings boldness:
In Acts 4:23 the believers prayed for boldness and the place was shaken and they were filled with the Holy Ghost.
- Prayer protects enemies:
Jesus said to pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you (Matthew 5:44)
Luke 17:1 - Jesus tells his disciples that offences will come but woe unto him through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he cast into the sea than that he should offend one of these little ones. Prayers stop wrath and justice and brings mercy to enemies.
- Pray sends laborers into the harvest for souls:
Pray ye the Lord of the harvest that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.
- Prayer is the priests duty to intercede for others:
We are kings and priest according to Revelation 1:6
- Prayer builds one up spiritually:
Jude 1:20 declares building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.
Prayer must always be accompanied with faith
James 1:6 says to let him ask in faith nothing wavering.