Why And When Do We Need To Pray?

Sometimes praying can feel liberating, making you more spiritually aware. At other times it just feels so boring and repetitive. Oops! I said that. Sorry God, forgive me. But this is just about the personal struggles many of us face as Christians from time to time. We struggle to understand why the need to pray if God truly knows all of our thoughts and needs. After all he doesn’t even need to come down from heaven to make things go more pleasantly. In fact, not until the third generation of Adam did humans pray, Genesis 4:26. Besides there are atheists who seemingly have no problems in their lives!

Why We Need To Pray

It’s a bit of relief to know that we’re not the only, or first believer of Christ to find praying somewhat laborious and difficult. Actually, Christ’s disciples also belonged in this category, Matthew 26:38-40. They literally continually fell asleep in spite of the master’s stern command that they should be praying. This sounds familiar, more than 2,000 years after. We’re only in the mood for prayer when faced with immediate danger.

Is The Act Of Praying Boring?

Though we’re admonished to pray without ceasing as written in 1Thessalonians 5:16-18. It’s easier said than done. Hard to blame people for this because most times, praying feels repetitively boring (The Lord’s Prayer, for instance, hasn’t changed since I first learnt the words as a kid), and abstract because we can’t see God, we can’t see angels or spirits, and neither can we smell impending dangers. If we did, maybe we could be more tuned to praying… or maybe we’d only be praying out of fear!

Praying In The Absence Of Adversity

While most of us actually only remember to pray in the face of adversity. One main purpose of praying is to avert unforeseen impending dangers, Luke 22:31-32. It’s instructive to note that when we pray against adversity, even when things seem so perfect, we’re little disturbed when adversity appears. All we may need to do is just say a few words, and smile in the face of adversity like in Mark 4:38.
Also easier said than done. No matter the amount of prayer, we’re liable to experience misfortunes that shake us to the core, John 16:33, making us question, our faith and consequentially, God! Though it’s a difficult ask, such are the times we need to prayer more.

Final Thoughts

When to pray is actually a nagging dilemma. In good times, we feel less urge to pray, because we’ve no problems. Conversely, in adversity, we question the relevance of praying to the God who couldn’t help avert a calamity! We may never understand why certain things happen to certain people, for whatever reasons, John 9:1-3. All we can do is continue to pray, irrespective of time and place, whether in prison like Paul and Silas (Acts 16:25-30), or otherwise. We can be assured that like or unlike the unjust Judge, Luke 18:1-5, in its time, He (God) makes all things beautiful, Ecclesiastes 3:11.