In a world that turns to everything from shopping to drugs to hoarding behaviors to cope with the stresses of life, I don’t think getting on my knees to pray to God is a bad thing. Jus’ sayin’…

Today is National Day of Prayer. Christians all over are praying for the world, the country, states, cities, churches, friends, family members and themselves. The needs are many, but God is good and we need to remember that this is His timing and His plan. I have to remind myself of that fact every day.

Intercessory prayer can penetrate the hearts of those we cannot open and shield those we guard.  It can teach where we cannot speak, and comfort where our hearts have no power to soothe.  Prayer, with its unseen hand, can enter where we cannot.  – Lila E. Torres

Why should we pray? God knows everything already, right? Well, I believe there are many reasons to fall to my knees. I’ll share three of them with you:

1. God wants me to. Prayer is not simply something suggested by our heavenly Father, but a command. In fact, one portion of scripture tells us to pray without ceasing. Our relationship with Christ begins with the sinner’s prayer and we keep on praying from that day forward.

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. – James 4:8

2. Prayer increases my faith. What if I came to a saving knowledge of Christ one day and prayed that first prayer of repentance, then ignored the Lord for the rest of my life? Can a person claim to be saved and just go through the outward motions? Sadly, yes, however, one day that pretend Christianity will show in a big way when troubles come along.

Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers. – James 1:22

3. There is Holy Ghost power in prayer. I love how the Holy Spirit puts fear where it belongs! The fears we face every day are vanquished next to the power of God! We don’t have to fear failure or rejection as long as we keep the lines of communication open between ourselves and God.

My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. – James 2:1

So keep on praying every day! Stay resilient!  Wink!  😉