Purpose in Prayer

blogpraise-1154566__340“Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer;

and attend to the voice of my supplications.”

 Ps. 86:6

Prayer is mentioned 132 times in the Bible (KJV). Pray and its verb conjugations are mentioned 269 times(NIV Concordance). God’s word puts great importance on prayer. Multiple books adorn bookshelves on the subject. E. M. Bounds writes in his book on prayer that it is what moves the hand of God. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. We are told several times to be:

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints:” Eph. 6:18.

What is the purpose of prayer? God already knows what we need, yet He says:


And it shall be given you:


And ye shall find:


And it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh


and he that seeketh


and to him that knocketh

it shall be opened.”

 Matt. 7:7-8

I don’t pretend to know the answers to prayer’s purpose. But I do offer some thoughts from the above verses.

“Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer;

and attend to the voice of my supplications.”

 Ps. 86:6

Prayer provides us with God’s ear. All we need do is ask and He listens and promises to give ear to our need.

“Ask and it shall be given.” It doesn’t matter the need or the reason we come. In time of need He says,

“Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Heb. 4:16.

Then there are those times prayer provides an avenue of worship and praise as we remember His goodness and return a blessing to Him.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;

who health all thy diseases;

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;

who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;

so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Ps. 103:1-5.

Prayer provides a place to seek the will of God. He promises we will find it.

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire

that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will

in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;” Col. 1:9

“He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying,

O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me except I drink it,

thy will be done.”Matt. 26:42

“Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” Ps. 143: 10.

Prayer proves our persistence when the answer remains unseen. Our heavenly Father tells us to knock and He will open. He will reveal Himself when faith meets sight in prayer and gives us understanding. He will open to us when we knock. Just keep knocking; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

“In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled…

Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.

And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground and I became dumb…

Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me…

Then said he…I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth.” Daniel 10: 2,3, 12-15, 18,21.

“Ask with confidence and humility. Seek with care and application. Knock with earnestness and perseverance.” (Clark as quoted by David Guzik). God will open your eyes of understanding through His word of truth.

Prayer’s purpose brings His children into the realm of the spirit world opening our eyes to the work and wonder of our God. Our heavenly Father grants us the privilege of entering the holy of holies with Him to ask, seek, and knock to know Him and to make Him known.

“Having therefore, brethren,

boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus ,

by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us,

through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

And having an high priest over the house of God:

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,

having our hearts sprinkled from and evil conscience,

and our bodies washed with pure water.” Heb. 10: 19-22.

 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that,

if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask,

we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1John 5:14-15.

If this is your confidence, Let us pray and not faint.

“And he spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Luke 18:1.



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