Skip to comments.Following the Truth: 10 Positive Things That Happen When We Pray
Posted on 04/28/2014 7:06:13 PM PDT by Salvation
Why should I bother to pray?
If you’re like me, you’ve probably asked yourself this question at least once in your life. Whether it’s motivated by the fact that “God already knows what I need” or by “God doesn’t answer my prayers”, the fact of the matter is that the question does get raised by all of us. Even worse, we sometimes take it a step further and stop praying. In an attempt to highlight the importance of prayer and combat the desire to give it up, here are 10 positive things that happen EVERY time we pray from the heart:
1. We Receive – Without exception, sincere prayer is always effective. Although we don’t always receive what we want, we always get “something”. According to Jesus, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Mt 7:7-8) As we read further, however, He assures us that we’ll only receive good things and will never get something that will hurt us (spiritually). Sometimes this frustrates us because we’re often confused about what we TRULY need. If we look at this from a “glass half full” point of view, even when God says “no” to our requests, we are receiving protection from something that could potentially hurt our chance at salvation!
2. We Follow God’s Will – In the Bible (the inspired word of God), St. Paul writes that we should “pray constantly” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and goes on to say that this is God’s will for us. When we pray, we’re doing exactly what God wants us to do at that moment in time. How often can we say that with certainty about our other activities?
3. We Profess Our Faith – When we pray, we acknowledge our belief in God. While it sounds like a “no brainer”, it really is a significant profession of faith. We’d be foolish to pray to Him if we didn’t believe that He exists or that He can help us. Each time we turn to the Lord in prayer, we’re saying “Lord, I believe in You”.
4. We Imitate Christ – The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that Jesus prayed often, especially before the decisive moments of His mission (CCC 2599 – 2606). Whenever we pray, we imitate Our Lord. Whenever we’re tempted to think that “prayer doesn’t do any good”, thinking about Jesus at prayer should put an end to that baseless line of thinking.
“If He who is without sin prayed, how much more ought sinners to pray?” (St. Cyprian of Carthage)
5. We Enter Into A Relationship With God – In her autobiography, St. Teresa of Avila stated that prayer is “being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing with Him who, as we know, loves us.” According to the Catechism, “prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is good beyond measure, with His Son Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit.” (CCC 2565)
6. We Increase Our Chances For Salvation - To put it simply, prayer will help you get to Heaven. Far from just “asking for things”, prayer is an expression of love and a relationship with God. When we pray, we show our love for God and express a desire to do His will. How important is that? Here’s what St. Alphonsus Liguori had to say…
“Those who pray are certainly saved; those who do not pray are certainly damned” (St. Alphonsus Liguori)
7. We Obtain What God Wants To Give Us – While there are some gifts that God will give us even if we don’t ask (the grace that moves us to grow closer to Him, for example), there are other gifts that won’t be granted unless we ask. Jesus attests to this with the words of the Lord’s Prayer (which contains several petitions) and with His teaching that the Father will “give good things to those who ask Him.” (Mt 7:11) Further evidence can be seen in St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians when he urges us to let our requests be made known to God (Phil 4:6). By not asking, we deprive ourselves of many good things that God wants us to have.
“God wills that our desire should be exercised in prayer, that we may be able to receive what He is prepared to give.” (St. Augustine)
8. We Practice Humility – The Bible is filled with verses supporting the virtue of humility:
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)
So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. (1 Peter 5:6)
Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you. (James 4:10)
Every time we pray, we acknowledge that we are dependent on God and that He is almighty. This holds true whether our prayer is one of praise, petition or thanksgiving. It’s difficult to be proud when you’re kneeling in prayer
9. We Obtain Peace – Praying will bring us peace. According to the Bible:
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Prayer = Peace. This is VERY appealing to those of us who are prone to anxiety!
10. We Use Our Time Wisely – Unlike useless activities such as worrying and complaining, prayer is a very good use of our time. Since studies have shown that the brain can’t think about two things simultaneously, time focused on prayer means time not spent worrying or pursuing other destructive tasks. Jesus told us to “ask and we shall receive” (Mt 7:7) and that worrying does no good (Lk 12:25). It makes sense to listen to His advice!
Obviously, the prayer that I’m speaking of above is sincere, “from the heart” dialog with God. “Going though the motions” or babbling rote phrases will not produce the above results. When we truly mean the words we pray, however, we can count on every one of these benefits. Remember this the next time you’re tempted to put off praying, thinking that it will do no good. There is no more productive activity we can do on this earth!
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Why pray Ping.
Number six: We Increase Our Chances For Salvation? Excuse me?
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faithand this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Thank you for posting!
Re: your post #7:
Sorry. Didn’t see your post before I did mine. I wasn’t trying to copy you.
6. We Increase Our Chances For Salvation - To put it simply, prayer will help you get to Heaven. Far from just asking for things, prayer is an expression of love and a relationship with God. When we pray, we show our love for God and express a desire to do His will. How important is that? Heres what St. Alphonsus Liguori had to say
Those WHO PRAY are CERTAINLY SAVED those who do not pray are certainly damned (St. Alphonsus Liguori)
In other words just saying your saved without prayering is useless. Your faith is an action.
Indeed. Salvation has nothing whatsoever to do with “chance.” Salvation is by grace!
Amen! Amen! Amen!!!
It matters not one iota what some Dr. St. Soundingbrass had to say. It only matters what the Bible says. And what he said did not come from Scripture.
Mormons pray. Jehovah’s Witnesses pray. Unitarians pray.
That assertion simply isn’t biblical.
Peace in Christ.
Lost the entire intent here. The final line as a few have rightly said: salvation is by grace through the vicarious acceptance of the sacrificial death of Christ. Enough said.
** prayer is an expression of love and a relationship with God. When we pray, we show our love for God and express a desire to do His will.**
Nothing wrong with that.
OSAS is a false doctrine.
So can you go out an commit a murder and still be saved? No.
What will God say?
How many people I met claimed to be saved while screwing behind their wife’s back. Too many. Prayer and living the life is what gets you there. Not talk or mental assent. Peace to you.
Read the Bible, that is what God “said.” Done with this thread baby. Somehow anything anyone says opens a hornet’s nest, right, wrong or lame. I will seriously consider ever replying again. Proverbs 23:9 : Don’t waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice.
Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)
I repent for posting this. Gone, good bye.
Romans 5 and 6.
I’m confused. Are some posters claiming, as it appears, that Jesus saved us all for all time, regardless of how evil we might be, how unrepentant, whether we believe or not, we’re headed to Heaven? Or, is it the case that by His death and resurrection, He did allow us to choose by our faith to be saved, to enter Heaven?
The greatest example of this is Jesus' prayer at Gethsemane. If Father gave Jesus what Jesus had requested ("let this cup pass from me"), Jesus would have lost it all: His own salvation, including His seat at the right hand of God, the authority over Heaven and Earth, and His ability to save each and everyone of us.
Peace in Christ.
On the cross, Jesus told the robber who expressed faith that he (the robber) would be with Him in Paradise.
The thief was truly repentant towards Christ. That’s the point she is trying to make........ true repentence. Peace in Christ
The Good Thief had a Baptism of Desire AND a Baptism of Blood on his Cross. And he was humble enough to ask Jesus, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
And Jesus replied, because of the man’s repentance, “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
The good thief took responsibility for his actions — we must do that too. We can’t let everything depend on Jesus. We have to ask for forgiveness and be repentant too.
Another reason that OSAS is a false doctrine.
You got it right. They might be confused, but you are not.
A good quote from tomorrow’s Gospel (Jesus talking):
I tell you most solemnly,
we speak only about what we know
and witness only to what we have seen
and yet you people reject our evidence.
If you do not believe me when I speak about things in this world,
how are you going to believe me when I speak to you about heavenly things?
Nothing brings serenity and peace-of-mind like prayer does.
Thanks for flag. Good reminders.
You must also believe in God also as well.
If you could loose eternal life ... it wouldn't be eternal now would it?
Or do you reject the permanent indwelling of true Christian believers by the Holy Spirit? For if you hold that you can loose eternal life ... then it is possible for a person to UNDUE the regeneration process. And since regeneration is a NT miracle ... the undoing of regeneration has to be miraculous as well. There is nothing in the NT text that describes any miracle of un-regeneration.
Perhaps your confusion is in understanding what regeneration is ...