Why Should We Pray?

Why should we pray?

The short answer is that God commands it. “Call upon me, and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3 Prayer is communication between us and our Heavenly Father.

Jesus said that men ought to pray. He chided his disciples for falling asleep instead of praying with Him. “What, could you not watch with me one hour?” Mark 14:37

Prayer should be the continual turning of our hearts to God about everything we need. A Christian is to pray all the time for all men. 1 Timothy 2:1


Are we praying enough?

One question that comes to mind is, “Are we praying enough for our nation’s leaders, for our country?” From the early 1600s when the settlers arrived at Plymouth in the 1600s, before they got off their ship they made a compact with God called the Mayflower Compact. We know that many of our country’s founders were men of God, who acknowledged in the Preamble to the Constitution that the rights of men come from God. They affirmed their belief in the Creator and His blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Has our nation turned from God? If so, what, if anything, can we do to turn it around? The answer is always found in God’s Word. My late pastor often used to say, “Nothing of eternal value is ever accomplished apart from prayer.”


Is it too late?

It is not too late for America, for believers to be convicted to holiness and holy living, and for unbelievers to be convicted of their need of the Savior. Let us continually remind ourselves of II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who 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 sins and will heal their land.”

Our challenge as believers should be to constantly remind people of the power of prayer. Prayer changes hearts! And when one person’s heart is changed, this can lead to churches, communities, states, and yes, even the nation being changed.

I encourage all believers to commit to daily prayer for revival in our nation, for repentance, and for Godly leadership.


Wendell Walker



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