3 Things to Know Before You Pray

3 Things to Know Before You Pray

What does the Bible actually say about prayer? Many religions out there emphasize the need for prayer, but how is it different for Christians? Do some people get special access to God? Is there a prayer technique or formula that will get you what you want? Fortunately the answers to all these questions are found in God’s Word. Scriptures also are able to answer the tough questions like Why didn’t God answer my prayer? Why should I pray at all?

Let’s take a look at 3 important things to know before you pray as well as their scriptural bases:

  1. God cares for you: Because of God’s unfailing love for us, we can bring anything and everything in our hearts to God in prayer. Prayer is a safe place of trust.
    • Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.–1 Peter 5:7
    • I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.–Psalm 52:8
  2. God hears your prayers: God Almighty is listening. Because we are his beloved children, no prayer is too small for him to hear.
    • He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.–Psalm 102:7
    • How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.–Isaiah 30:19
    • For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer.–1 Peter 3:12a
  3. You can pray with confidence: You don’t have to be a prayer giant to come confidently to God in prayer. As believers, we can all equally approach God because of our unique standing in Jesus.
    • In him [Jesus] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.–Ephesians 3:12
    • Let us approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.–Hebrews 4:16

At its base, prayer is talking with God. We can pray alone or in a group; silently or aloud; using a written prayer or a spontaneous one. But to be in prayer is more than just speaking words. Scripture portrays a life of continual prayer, meaning a kind of openness toward God in all we do (1 Thess. 5:17). Our entire lives should be prayers to God, exhibiting the praise and love of our Creator and Savior.


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