One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and insistently require; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord (in His presence) all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty (the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness) of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.
Psalm 27:4 The Amplified Bible
What is prayer? What is the purpose of prayer? What does prayer accomplish? Why does God call us to pray? Through prayer, God invites us to come into a relationship with Him, to know Him, to walk close to Him, to be like Him, to partake of His divine nature.
The purpose of prayer is to foster an intimate relationship between our Heavenly Father and us. Prayer brings us before the Throne of Grace; we enter into The Father's Holy presence, in the name of Jesus Christ His only Son, with the help of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Prayer is God's idea, part of God's plan for His people. God is calling His people unto Himself. God is calling His people everywhere to pray and seek His face, to come to know Him, to walk with Him each day, to abide in Him, so that He can abide with us and in us. God wants a personal relationship with His people. God wants us to know Him intimately. We see God at work in our congregation, calling us to prayer, calling us to know Him.
God has promised that He will be found by us, when we seek Him with all our heart. God is everywhere and continually reveals Himself to us in every circumstance of life. God has done and continues to do everything necessary for us to know Him, but until we seek Him with all our heart, He will not be found by us. We will find satisfaction in Him, if we hunger and thirst for Him. We must desire a closer relationship with Him; we must spend time with Him, if our relationship is to grow.
God wants us to grow to the point that we are one with Him--no longer two, but one. He wants us to know Him as He is. He wants us to be transformed into His likeness. He wants us to be made complete in Christ. He wants us to be of one mind with Him. He wants us to make His ways our ways, His thoughts our thoughts.
Through persistent prayer, we come to know the Father, His will and His ways. Through our time with Him, we come to know the Father intimately. We experience Gods presence and power in our lives as we develop a life of prayer.
Lord, teach us to pray. May we abide in your presence today and all the days of our life!
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