Why God Tells Us To Pray


Why does God tell us to call to him?? Does he need the attention?? Does he like to see us grovel?

Before God saved me, when I was living in a cockroach-infested apartment in Philadelphia, lonely, struggling to make it, and a slave to my sins, I cried out in desperation one day to the Lord, ?God if you change me, I?ll do anything.? ?The first thought I had was that he’d ask me to be a missionary to Alaska. ?I hate cold.? God heard that prayer, for he did save me. ?And he hasn?t told me to go to Alaska. Yet.

How often we do anything but turn to him.

We take refuge in TV, food, relationships, music, alcohol, books, sports – anything but God. ?We try to solve our problems ourselves.

Calling on God is an act of humility.

The reason we so often fail to call on God is because we?re proud. ?We think we can figure things out on our own. ?Prayer is acknowledging that we are not God. ?It?s humbling to call upon God for help. ?It?s humbling to acknowledge that we?re not self-sufficient.? But God gives grace to the humble, so he tells us to call on him.

Are you struggling?? Cry out to God.? How often we talk about our troubles yet fail to turn to Jesus. I appreciate it when I?m sharing a struggle with someone and they say, “Why don’t we pray about that right now?”

God is waiting to show compassion to you. ?Just call on him.

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  • Michelle W. says:

    Sometimes I think there must be a bulls-eye on my forehead because you continue to hit me right between the eyes. My heart is so hard- I have much to learn.

  • lisa says:

    Mark, thanks for this good post. Just last evening, I was lamenting a problem that came up and how I didn't know what we were going to do, and my wise husband said, "Well, there's one thing we haven't done yet, and that's pray." How I need to be reminded of that! And I agree with you — when a person says, "Could I just pray for you right now?" I appreciate it so much. I want to get better at doing that for others too. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Caroline says:

    After reading this post i realized, yup I am prideful in many areas, as I have not asked the Lord for His help so many times:( I had a crazy, busy day at work today and instead of gettin annoyed at others n being paranoid all i had to do was stop and pray and ask the Lord for grace to to be able to finish everythin on time..

    thank you for the reminder…

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Hey Michelle,

    We all have so much to learn. I'm glad the Lord is patient and longsuffering with us.

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Hey Lisa,

    What a wise husband you have!

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    You're welcome, Caroline, glad the post encouraged you. I too fail to ask the Lord for help so much of the time…welcome to my club. We'll get better at remembering.

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