Prayer and Knowing God

“If God runs the universe, why should I pray?” People have asked similar questions of me. This question assumes that God doesn’t want to hear from us. That assumption isn’t at all true. He wants a personal, loving relationship with his children–us. A vitale part of that kind of a relationship is communication, that is, prayer from us to him and his messages back to us.

How does God talk to me when I pray? Praying is merely talking to God. It doesn’t mean going through some fancy form. Read the Psalms, which are in poetic form, but hear the raw emotion expressed in them. David shows his feelings of anger and anxiety many times in imploring God to rescue him. God answers prayers with one of four replies: yes, no, not yet, and not in the way you think.

For true Christians, God answers their prayers through their reading the Bible, listening to other people such as pastors, through experiences that God arranges, and his planting thoughts in their brains at some point. 

“How much should I pray?” That question has an answer that is both easy and hard to take. God inspired the Apostle Paul to write in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray continually.” He means that we must pray all the time. Paul also says in Colossians 3:1 that God has lifted us up through Jesus’ resurrection and return to heaven so that we are in God’s heavenly council room now all the time, spiritually-speaking. Thus, praying is natural.  

As a result, our talking with God should include six different kinds: praise for God’s qualities, thanks for his blessings, confession of our sins, prayer for others, prayer for ourselves, and laments (expressing our genuine feelings). Why should we pray these six kinds? The Bible’s writers model these six types.  

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