Why Does God Ask Us to Pray?


Ephesians 6:18-20 “Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people. And pray also for me, that God will give me a message when I am ready to speak, so that I may speak boldly and make known the gospel’s secret. For the sake of this gospel I am an ambassador, though now I am in prison. Pray that I may be bold in speaking about the gospel as I should.”

“The children come to Nanny McPhee to ask if she will stop their father from marrying a stepmother. Nanny McPhee says that she “cannot…Even if I wanted to, I cannot interfere with affairs of the heart.” Nanny McPhee is reluctant to step in and fulfill the prayer of the children: that their father not marry this woman who will become their next step mother.

But God calls us to pray for one another.  Jesus teaches us that to pray in the face of danger and our enemies is our greatest tool against evil.  God provides us with truth like a belt around our waist; peace like shoes on our feet; faith as our shield; our helmet of God’s saving grace and the spirit of the Word as our sword.  Prayer makes us brave and have courage in all circumstances.