RENEWAL Devotional: The Benefits of Prayer
Written by Lydia D’Ross, ordained minister and outreach chaplain for Renewal at Brookhaven Hospital
For the next couple of weeks, we will be exploring different ways people pray to our heavenly father. There is no wrong way of praying. The best kind of prayer is praying from the heart and utilizing scripture to support your prayer. Scripture always gives us the answer as we pray. Praying with empty words or mechanically praying might not be beneficial for you. Prayer is an art. There are many beautiful ways to express ourselves when we pray to our heavenly Father.
Why must we pray? We pray because we love God, and want to draw ourselves closer to him. We pray because we need God, but God also needs us. God wants our fellowship and He gets excited when we take the extra time in the morning to give thanks and talk about the day ahead. God wants to be involved in everything we do.
Rev. Kenneth Copeland teaches that prayer is the foundation for success. Without prayer and knowing how to pray, we are not able to successfully deal with situations that come our way. Apostle Paul was a man of prayer and he writes in the book of Ephesians 1:16 “ I cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.”. Apostle Paul was praying for someone or a group of people daily. This tells us that we too must pray for ourselves, our family or people that God places in our heart to pray for. We need to do it daily until the answer or peace enters into our being about the situation.
Some people feel guilty about just praying for only 5 minutes a day. If that is all the time you have, God will honor your heart; He knows. Some people pray all the time, because they have the time to pray all day long. Others pray in groups, or at a gathering. Prayer inspires hope in difficult situations.
Join others and begin to pray today!