Desperation never fails to bring people to their knees and plead with the God they have never acknowledged. If anything, surrendering to God in desperation proves the innate knowledge of Him that has been ignored.

So, why are people bowing their heads and closing their eyes only during times of trouble? What is the importance of daily prayer?

The Importance Of Prayer

1. We must seek God and our joy in Him

Every prayer is an intentional message to God– whether it be praise, petition, or confession. By lifting our prayers, we lift our eyes to the only one who can truly help us. Jesus tells us that if we ask things in his name, “you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24). It will surely be our joy to see our sovereign Lord deliver us from the struggles in our lives.

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth” (Psalm 145:18).

A relationship with anyone is not strengthened through being one sided. Paul tells us in Romans to “be patient in tribulation,” and all the while being “constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).

2. Prayer shows God’s sovereignty and our helplessness

As we physically lower ourselves and bow our heads, we are showing our lowly position in comparison to God’s glorious perfection. How could we possibly approach God, the creator of the heavens and the Earth, with a half-hearted “hey there?” Let us lower ourselves and exalt His name and power in and over our lives.

“Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!” (Psalm 143:1).

By showing signs of surrender, we are ultimately reminding ourselves to surrender our life to His will and His glory. In Psalm 50:15, God says “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” Answered prayers don’t point to our capability but to God’s glory. Pray big prayers that will magnify His great name while he answers you in your cries of faith.

3. Helps faith endure through trials

Through all the trials, we “ought always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). Prayer is what reminds us we are not alone, and God knows infinitely more about the purpose for the pain. Don’t lose heart, don’t lose faith, and continue in prayer that God might be glorified through your joy in Him in the midst of the suffering.

John Piper describes prayer as a “cry to God day and night, if you always pray and don’t lose heart … you will not be left in judgment; you will endure in faith and love.” Prayer is the key to endurance and a strong faith through trials.

4. Prayer has power

Prayer has power over temptation.

The Lord’s Prayer asks God to “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13).

Prayer has power over the flesh.

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).

Prayer has power over distress.

Psalm 107:28-29 reads: “they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.”

Prayer is incredibly powerful over the forces of the world and sin to tempt and pull us away from God and His will for our lives. If you are constant in prayer, you will be constant in seeking your joy in God, acknowledging His sovereignty, enduring during suffering, and witnessing God’s power over the forces of the world.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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