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
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.
Prayer has power over the flesh.
Prayer has power over distress.
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.