“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33 NKJV
“When the purpose of a thing is unknown, abuse becomes inevitable”. This saying is true about prayer just the same way it is true about other things. There’s a purpose to prayer.
Jesus, who is the best teacher of prayer, used different illustrations to teach about prayer and showed us how to pray. One of His parables taught us the importance of perseverance in the place of prayer (Luke 18:1-7).
However, beyond perseverance, Jesus taught us purpose. Beyond volume, He taught us priority. When you have a proper understanding of purpose and priority, perseverance then is made worthwhile.
For instance, the death of Jesus for mankind was so difficult that Jesus wanted the cup to pass over Him. One outstanding lesson from His prayer on Mount Olives was what he prayed about (Luke 22:39-43).
It shows that He had a proper understanding of His purpose, hence he prayed as such – “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” -Luke 22:42 NKJV
Jesus was very much aware of what He was going into but He didn’t make the prayer about Himself. Instead, He focused on the needs of God, which was His (Christ’s) assignment.
Dear believer, there is a purpose to prayer which is way beyond your needs. Prayer is about your relationship with the Father, it’s not a transaction. This is not to say that God doesn’t care about your needs, He does.
However, your relationship with God must be deeper than your needs. If you only pray about the things you want, you can hinder God’s divine plan for your life.
Much more than what prayer does for you, it’s about what it does in you. And if you don’t understand the purpose of prayer, you will live a life of contradictions. If you truly understand that the purpose of your existence is to know Christ and to make Him known, then it must show in what you pray about.
Henceforth, shift focus from your needs and start focusing on the needs of the Father. He wants all men to be saved, pray about that. He wants people to grow in the knowledge of Christ, pray about that too.
Pray for His church, Pray that the counsel of God prevails on earth, pray for the assignment He’s given to you. (Ephesians 1:18-23, 1Tim 2:1-4, 2 Thessalonians 3:1, 2 Corinthians 10:1-6, Philippians 1:9-11, Luke 18:1)
The purpose of prayer is to build your relationship with your Father and help you fulfill His divine plan for your life. Stay on course and watch Him meet your needs just like He met Jesus’ by sending an angel to strengthen Him (Luke 22:43). Pray purposefully.
Bible Reading Plan
Luke 10:38-42, 1 Thessalonians 4:11-18, Psalms 141, 2 Chronicles 8-9