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!
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.