Prayer is powerful! God really does listen to prayer! If we pray in the right way and for the proper things, He will pay attention. In fact, he urges us to draw close to him. So, what can we expect if we make prayer a part of our life? Here are 7 powerful benefits you can enjoy by praying:
BENEFIT OF PRAYING #1: PRAYER GIVES PEACE OF MIND
When problems and challenges arise in your life, do you feel overwhelmed with anxiety? The Bible encourages us to “pray constantly” at times like these and to let our “petitions be made known to God.” It also assures us that if we turn to God in prayer, “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard [our] hearts and [our] mental powers.” We can gain a measure of tranquillity by pouring out our concerns to our heavenly Father.
BENEFIT OF PRAYING #2: PRAYER BRINGS WISDOM FROM GOD
Some decisions we make can permanently affect us and our loved ones. How can we make wise choices? The Bible says: “If any one of you is lacking in wisdom, let him keep asking God, for he gives generously to all and without reproaching, and it will be given him.” If we pray for wisdom, God can use his holy spirit to guide us to make wise decisions. You can experience God’s guidance by praying about matters that affect your relationship with him.
BENEFIT OF PRAYING #3: PRAYER GIVES COMFORT AND STRENGTH IN TRIALS
Are you facing extreme stress, perhaps even life-threatening or tragic circumstances? Praying to “the God of all comfort” can bring immense relief. For instance, Nehemiah, suffered threats from evil people who tried to stop him from doing God’s work. He prayed: “Now, I pray, strengthen my hands.” The subsequent events show that God really did help him to rise above his fears and to succeed in his work.
BENEFIT OF PRAYING #4: PRAYER HELPS US OVERCOME TEMPTATION
Prayer is a powerful weapon for overcoming temptation. Temptation must come to every one of us; the question is how do you deal with it when it comes? Jesus advised his disciples, “Carry on prayer so that you do not enter into temptation.” The same advice is still very true today. Praying can help us overcome temptation. Don’t just take my word for it. Try it yourself. The next time you are in the middle of a difficult position, just make a quick prayer. The result will surprise you.
BENEFIT OF PRAYING #5: PRAYER BRINGS FORGIVENESS OF SINS
The Almighty said, “If my people on whom my name has been called humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn away from their evil ways, then I will hear from the heavens and forgive their sin.” God never lies. If He says He will forgive, then He forgives – as long as we are sincere and truly repentant of our actions. If you are feeling overwhelmed with guilt for any past wrong action(s), go to God in prayer and seek His forgiveness. I assure you He will hear you. Try it.
BENEFIT OF PRAYING #6: PRAYER HELPS US DEVELOP CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Prayer is essentially a communication medium between mere mortals and the Immortal God. It mustn’t be seen as a religious rite or an avenue to get from the Creator. God desires relationship with His children, and prayer is perhaps the best avenue for developing this relationship. Close relationships don’t just happen; they are cultivated. If you want a closer relationship with your heavenly Father, you must be willing to spend time with Him in communion. That’s what prayer is.
BENEFIT OF PRAYING #7: PRAYER ENABLES US TO HELP OTHERS
We may not be able someone solve a problem or deal with an issue, but praying for that individual could be one of the most powerful things we can do. The Bible states that, “A righteous man’s supplication has a powerful effect.” God is particularly interested in our prayers and supplications for others, and He is eager to intervene when we call upon Him. God is Almighty and omnipresent; He can reach anyone anywhere anytime. All we need do is lift up that individual to God in prayer, and God will do that which He alone can do.