The EFCC Speaks: What is the Purpose of Prayer? (Updated)

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This post is a collaborative experiment. We’ve asked contributors throughout the EFCC movement for their input on the purpose of prayer. We’re posting the answers anonymously, and mostly unedited.

If these ideas resonate with you, or if you would like to add your own thoughts, please do so in the comments below!

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Weary of post-calamity reactive prayer, I have been interceding pre-emptively, proactively, tactically, and preventatively.

 

Our Father Who is in heaven hallowed be your name: Acknowledgement
Your kingdom come your will be done: Submission
Yours is the kingdom and the glory forever and ever amen: Glorifying
In a word: Worship

 

Participation in God’s providence.

 

To call home!

 

I believe that the purpose of prayer is to draw near to God, to be strengthened in our relationship with Him and build up the body of Christ.

 

For me the purpose of prayer is to keep me from being self-focused. Lately I’ve come to realize that there’s a difference between having Jesus in my life and having Jesus’s life in me. It’s vine-and-branch stuff, and prayer is a critical part of what connects me to the vine.

 

Prayer it the difference between a concert and a worship service. It shows there is a different audience than just the one we see.

 

To communicate and build relationship with our Father.

 

Prayer is a part of loving and worshipping God.

 

Prayer is essential to have a relationship with God. It is also a sign that we trust and have Faith that God cares for our every need.

 

To align our hearts with the heart of God.

 

The purpose of prayer is to find a way to respond to all that God has done.

 

Prayer is my relationship link with God, sometimes asking; sometimes thanking; sometimes praising; always listening.

 

To me, the purpose of prayer is survival.
Paul says that we live and move and have our being in God (Acts 17:28).
So I need to stay connected to my life source.
The purpose of prayer is survival.

2 replies
  1. Charlie Worley
    Charlie Worley says:

    Prayer is talking with and listening to God. It is such a simple gift that it can be practiced by a 2 yr old and neglected by a 32 yr old or 62 yr old. It is simply establishing, developing and maintaining fellowship with God by human communication. We all need it, now I have to go do it.

  2. EFCC
    EFCC says:

    Here is another submission: I believe that among the reasons for praying, the most compelling one is that God has commanded us to pray. He is always pleased with our obedience.

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