The Privilege of Prayer: 3 Essential Truths from the Bible

When we trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as our savior, we immediately became a child of God (Jonh 1:12.) God adopted us into His family. Consequently, we now have our Heavenly Father’s protection and providence. But more importantly, we are given the privilege of prayer.

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

1 Peter 3:12

Believers have the privilege of prayer. God gave it to us to communicate, ask, confess, and thank Him. Therefore, we must take full advantage of this privilege since it satisfies our spiritual desire for God.

However, the privilege of prayer is neglected by many Christians. Instead of taking full advantage of this privilege, we neglect it and wonder why our life is in shambles.

Prayer results in peace.

6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

When problems come, we get distracted because of worry. But the privilege of prayer puts our focus back on God because prayer acknowledges that He controls our situation. That’s why we must not dwell in worry.

Also, the result of prayer is the peace of God. Because God knows we need peace in difficult circumstances, some people would like their problems to go away as quickly as possible. However, God teaches us that living with difficulties is possible if we have peace from God.

If you notice, no matter how big the problem is, once you pray to God, you instantly feel better than before you prayed. This is an example of prayer resulting in God’s peace.

Prayer must be according to the will of God.

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

1 John 5:14

God is able and willing to give us anything if it’s according to His will. We must always look for God’s will when we pray. In many instances, our will is not following God’s will. We ask God to remove the problem in our path, but it’s God’s will for us to go through the trouble. Even the Lord Jesus Christ understood that the will of the Father is perfect and must be obeyed (Luke 22:42.)

God knows what’s best for us. He knows that some things that we ask for might distract us. God also knows that there are certain attitudes that we need to change. That’s why He allows us to go through problems. Therefore, we must let God’s will overrule our will, especially in prayer.

We need to remember that the privilege of prayer is given to us by God. In His grace and mercy, we ask God to grant our requests. But we don’t command Him. We must remember that we are just creatures begging the Almighty God. Thus, our will must be according to His will.

The privilege of prayer is available at any moment.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16

Many Christians take the privilege of prayer for granted because they don’t know its significance. They would rather live with the pain and discouragement caused by their problems when God offers mercy and grace in times of need through prayer. I believe that neglecting prayer is not a result of ignorance. It is a result of pride. It is trying to go through difficulties without depending on God.

Oh what peace we often forfeit. Oh what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

What a friend we have in Jesus

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