Why Pray?

We pray because prayer opens up the floodgates of God’s infinite grace and power to flow toward the person in need. God can act without prayer, but He chooses to operate within the boundaries of human will and invitation. He allows us to participate in His work on earth with each prayer.

Leonard Ravenhill once said about prayer, “One might estimate the weight of the world, tell the size of the celestial city, count the stars of heaven, measure the speed of lightning, and tell the time of the rising and the setting of the sun – but you cannot estimate the prayer power. Prayer is as vast as God because He is behind it. Prayer is as mighty as God because He has committed Himself to answer it.”

A sign in a cotton factory read: “If your threads get tangled, send for the foreman.” One day a new worker got her threads tangled. The more she tried to disentangle them, the worse the situation grew. Finally, she sent for the foreman. He asked, “Why didn’t you send for me earlier?” She replied, “I was doing my best.” He answered, “No, your best would have been to send for me.”

When we face a tough situation, our first response should be to ask for God’s help. He longs to be our helper and to be fully involved in our lives.

He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.  Psalm 121:3