Every Christian knows that strong prayer life is important. Exodus 17:11 says “Now Israel loved Moses, so he said this to the LORD in the sight of Israel”. The word for love here means “to be fond of” or “to have a strong desire for something.” Clearly, it would have been easy for the people to complain about how much time Moses spends with God. But the people did not try to make excuses for Moses; they were fond of or enjoyed having Moses in their lives. They knew that his time with the Lord was important and beneficial to them too.
So how does this relate to a strong prayer life today? What do we gain by praying daily? The Bible says in Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.” How will we be able to stand firm if God doesn’t give us His Word to lean on?
We receive many benefits from spending time with God. Here are seven of them:
1) Communication with the Creator
We live in a world full of distractions and hindrances to having good conversations. Why would we want to converse with someone during work or school when we can call our friends on our cell phones? And then who will we talk to at night when we go home and spend time with our families when we turn on the TV and watch shows that keep us entertained?
But God isn’t like this. Psalm 145:18 says “The LORD is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.” We can talk to Him anytime and He will listen. There is no one else in the world like this.
2) Direction in Life
Psalm 32:8 says “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” God knows us better than we know ourselves, and He wants to tell us how He sees us and how we can live in a way that pleases Him.
Proverbs 18:10 says “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” A lot of people struggle with self-esteem issues or discouragement, but when we talk to God, they will immediately lift up our spirits and we’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on anything.
Psalm 121:7 says “The LORD will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life;” When we pray, God promises to protect us from the evil intentions of other people or ourselves. We can say with confidence that nothing will happen to us throughout the day without God knowing about it and protecting us from whatever might come.
Many things in this world make us sad, but when we pray, we don’t have to worry about feeling down because of all that’s going on around us. Instead, as James 1:2-4 says “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Psalm 94:19 says “When the cares of my life weigh me down, you give me comfort;” This is especially true when we lose loved ones, are struggling with addiction, or are facing financial troubles. We may feel all alone in the world, but nothing can separate us from God’s love for us, and He promises to help ease our pain.
John 14:13-14 says “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” If we honestly pray to God about whatever is weighing on our hearts or minds, He promises to help us get rid of it, even if it is an addiction or an illness. And He also promises to forgive us when we ask for His forgiveness.
So next time you have some free time in your day, spend it with God in prayer. It will be beneficial to you and help you grow closer to Him—and possess a strong prayer life. You’ll see that the time you spend with God is worth more than anything else.
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