Luke 18:1 “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
James 5:16B “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
What Is Prayers?
“Prayer is indeed our opportunity to come to know Our Heavenly Father and build a relationship with Him. However, it is critical to understand that in order to build that relationship we must understand that prayer requires two-way communication. Building a relationship with God is similar to building relationships with people around us, conversations need to go both ways; we talk, and then we listen. It is the same with God. Prayer allows us the opportunity to tell God how we are feeling, ask for guidance, assistance and answers to questions, but it also is our opportunity to learn from Him what His will is for us.”
The bible dictionary notes that the purpose of prayer is “to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is an appointed means of obtaining the highest of all blessings.”
What Is Investment?
Investment is the act of committing money or capital to an endeavor with the expectation of obtaining an additional income or profit
Matthew 6:19-20 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”
1. Why Do We Need To Invest In Prayer
Jesus Is Coming Soon, We Need To Be Prepared, We need God’s Grace and favour to be at the right place at the right time And to make the right confession at the right time!
Mark 13:33 “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is”
2. Why Do We Need To Invest In Prayer
To Builds Up Our Relationship With God & With Our Lord And Personal Saviour Jesus Christ!.
John 15:14-15 “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”
Genesis 18:17 “And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;”
When we pray, God is growing us. Have you ever prayed and didn’t receive immediately what you asked for? What did you do? You kept on praying, but you also began to search your heart and life to see if something was hindering God’s answer. Many times there is. God uses prayer to grow us.
• DEPENDENCY. God never wants us to live lives independent of Him. If God just did everything for us and we never had to pray, soon we would begin to take things for granted. We would cease to depend upon God.
Prayer Helps Us Find Our Purpose In life
We can also pray and ask God to help us find purpose in our lives. God has plans for us and desires to lead and guide us. When we humble ourselves in prayer and offered ourselves as a tool for Him, God will guide us in making life plans and decisions.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
3. Why Do We Need To Invest In Prayer (God Wants To Save Us From Impeding Dangers)
“Then shall you call, and the Lord will answer: you will cry and He shall say, ‘Here I am.'”–Isaiah 58: 9
“Call upon Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.”–Jeremiah 33:3
“It shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”–Isaiah 65: 24
“He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.”–Psalm 91:15
Whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”–I John 3: 22
4. Why Do We Need To Invest In Prayer ( For God To Heal Our Land)
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”
5. Why Do We Need To Invest In Prayer (For God To Be Mindful Of Us)
John 17:9 “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.”
John 17:20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,”
Romans 8:34 “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
“Jesus Lives forever to make intercession for us.” Hebrews 7:25
When we are weak, and can hardly pray for ourselves, Our Lord And Saviour Jesus Christ prays for us; and He prays for three things for every Christian.
First, He prays that we may be kept from sin (John 17:15). “I pray that thou shouldest keep them from evil.”
Second, for our progress in holiness (John 17:17). Let us have constant supplies of the Spirit, and be anointed with fresh oil.
Third, for our glorification: “Father, I will that those which thou hast given me, be with me where I am” (John 17:24). Christ is not content till we are save in His arms.
Prayer should not be seen as our means of getting God to do our will on earth, but rather as a means of getting God’s will done on earth. God’s wisdom far exceeds our own.
May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!
May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!