In his book “Prayer. Does it Make a Difference?” (a) Philip Yancey gives one very simple answer to the question, “Why pray?” …… Because Jesus did.
The four Gospel accounts list over a dozen prayers prayed by Jesus. And there are many examples of Jesus teachings, including parables, on the subject of prayer. He followed the normal Jewish practice of praying three times a day. And He often took time alone to pray – perhaps for guidance, strength, wisdom.
In Luke 11 there is an account of the disciples asking Jesus, “Teach us to pray”. And the words He taught are still repeated by Christians the world over.
Jesus prayed in times of trouble and struggle – especially at Gethsemane and on the cross, but He still asked of the Father, as should we, “Not my will but Yours be done.”
And He is still praying!
“Who then will condemn us? No one – for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honour at God’s right hand, pleading for us.” [Romans 8:34]
Jesus prayed – but what about us? As Max Lucado beautifully puts it:
Pray! Since God works, prayer works. Since God is good, prayer is good. Since you matter to God, your prayers matter in heaven. You’re never without hope, because you’re never without prayer. (b)
So …… Let’s pray!
(a) © 2006 by Philip Yancey
(b) © 2017 Max Lucado