Thursday, February 27 – Purpose of Prayer
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. —Psalm 145:18

Have you ever stopped to think about the purpose of prayer? I suppose most of us think it is to ask God for help or provision, or to thank Him, and although that is what we do, that isn’t the purpose. The purpose of prayer is to have a relationship with God. Not many of us have relationships with someone we never talk with, and the same is true with God. Communication is one of the most important aspects of any relationship. The depth of our connection with God will be reflected in our prayer life.

Martin Luther said, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be human without breathing.” Prayer is a foundational part of our Christian life and yet it is often easily neglected. But like other relationships in our lives, the more we are out of touch with friends and family, the more the relationship takes the back burner in our life.

Thankfully, God is like a lifelong friend—one where at any moment we can get together after long gaps of time and in just moments it feels just like we’ve never been apart. And unlike trying to make arrangements to get together with a friend in the midst of busy lives, God is always willing and ready to be with you anytime you reach out to Him in prayer. His schedule is never too full!

In these days before Easter, we are encouraging you to take advantage of God’s open schedule to listen and be with you by asking you to pray every day. If that is already your routine, than think of ways you can pray more—inviting a high and holy God into every aspect of your life—even the mundane! The prize at the end is a closer relationship with God—which is priceless!

By Sue Oberg
Director of Congregational Life