Monday, July 1, 2024

Pray Because We Must

 By: Joanne Viola


We pray because we must. That is it in a nutshell.

Life is hard with its ups and downs. It is unpredictable, shifting, changing, unknown, uncertain. We pray because there is One who is greater than life, does not shift, is unchanging, knows all things, and is utterly dependable.

Prayer somehow brings us into the very Presence of God, but it also brings comfort, peace, and assurance that we are not alone.

Prayer brings the realization and the admission, there is more to life than meets the eye or that we are aware of. Yet there is none of life which escapes the eyes of God or that He is not aware of.

Prayer is a profound mystery and we do not understand it all. We do not need to understand it all. We only need to do it every day, and some days, all day long.

We worry about any number of situations. We struggle in the tensions of decision making. We become fearful or concerned for those we love.

“Concern makes us do something to ease the situation. It moves us to take constructive action. But worry burdens our minds and bodies without helping us to find a solution to the problem. Worry is like racing the engine of an automobile without putting it into drive. You burn energy, but you don’t go anywhere.”

(from God Is My Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom, page 26)

This is where the beauty and preciousness of prayer enters.

When our hands are tied; when we don’t have any idea of how to change a situation or make it better; when there is nothing at all we can do – we can pray.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,
will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus.”

(Philippians 4:6-7, NASB)

There is One who can move in any and all situations. His concern for us moves Him to action.

“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”

(Psalm 138:8, NKJV)


We can pray about all things, 

knowing God’s concern moves Him to action,

and to perfect that which is concerning to us.



What drives you to prayer each day?


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