Why Do We Pray?

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).

Simply put, prayer is conversation with God. At PCC, we believe prayer is at the core of who we are and what we do. We want to encourage, equip, and challenge all believers to pray—both alone and together in groups. Why is this?

  • Jesus prayed (see Mark 1:35).
  • The early church was committed to prayer (see Acts 2:42).
  • The Bible commands us to pray (see 1 Thessalonians 5:17).

“Yeah,” you might be thinking, “but why did Jesus pray? Why did the early church pray? Why does the Bible tell us to pray? What’s the point of prayer?”

I’m so glad you asked! Here are three reasons why prayer is so important:

Prayer connects us to God. God made us so that we could enjoy close fellowship with Him, and our hearts are never happy until we experience the fullness of that relationship. Our connection with God was severed when we rebelled against Him, but Jesus suffered on the cross so we could be reconciled. Now we can relate to God not as slaves deserving punishment but as free sons and daughters. We can approach God—our Father—anytime, and without fear! Prayer is the key to experiencing relationship with God.

Prayer changes us. Prayer is where our endless need meets God’s endless provision. God pursued us first through Christ, but now we get to pursue Him, too. As we seek God in prayer, He reveals and meets our deepest needs. He deepens our faith and reshapes our thoughts, attitudes, and desires. Our words carry more wisdom and grace, and we begin acting out of concern for others instead of selfishness. Prayer is the key to experiencing “new life in Christ.”

Prayer changes the world. Jesus came to launch the kingdom of God on earth. That’s the point of all this—Jesus came to redeem a people who will come to know Him, follow Him, and experience new life as a result. And here’s the big secret: The kingdom of God advances as we pray!

When we pray, others experience new life as they come to know and follow Jesus. They begin to experience the shalom (wholeness) that the kingdom brings. As we pray for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done “on earth as it is in heaven,” God heals and transforms people, churches, communities…even entire nations. Prayer is the key to unleashing the power of heaven on earth.

Prayer connects us to God, changes us, and changes the world. This is why we pray!

-Josh Masterman