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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Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.