The Purpose of Prayer
Today’s Scripture: “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.” Psalm 27:4 (KJV).
Three things happen as we pray. First, we have fellowship with God.
I’m talking about real friendship; not some imaginary exercise of reciting religious phrases toward some divine place in the sky. No. David said we would behold the beauty of the Lord, and inquire in His temple. This is not some abstract thought about a make-believe world, nor merely a poetic license for things that are not literally real. I’m talking about actually talking with God….and having Him talk back.
“Call unto Me, and I will answer you,” He says, “and show you great and marvelous things to wonderful to know; things of which you are unaware; things that you don’t know and can’t find out without asking Me; things you can never figure out on your own.” (Jeremiah 33:3).
The New Living Bible says, “Ask Me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.”
Jesus invited us to pray to “Our Father, who is in heaven.” This is a bond greater than any other relational connection we know. He has even placed His Spirit deep within our heart, whereby we call out, “Abba, Father.”
From infancy to our elder years, God’s Fatherhood is the undergirding and over-riding truth of our lives. And it is the single, most compelling factor in how we are to pray —
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:7-11).
The purpose of prayer is to strengthen, deepen, broaden, and lengthen our fellowship with God, our Father.
Have to talked to Dad lately?