Dear Parents, In recent weeks the teaching staff of The King’s College have been reflecting on the importance of prayer in the life of the School. We have been looking at ways we can facilitate greater opportunities for prayer throughout the day.
Why is prayer so important?
Why should people pray? How often should we pray? These questions and many more are constantly being asked by people as they reflect on the importance of prayer in everyday life. Prayer is a two-way channel by which God and man communicate with each other. Communication is vital for any relationship, especially our relationship with our Lord and Saviour. Through prayer people relate their minds, feelings, emotions, desires and inadequacies, while God communicates answers, comfort, peace and the love that He has for His people.
God is love and through prayer we experience and understand more about the love of Jesus. When we pray we enter into God’s presence, where we are surrounded by God’s love and mercy. This assures us of God’s protection, insecurity and fear disappear, and we receive boldness to face life knowing that Jesus loves us and will always be with us no matter where we go.
Through prayer, we build up our faith in God and His son Jesus Christ. This is why Jude, in Jude Chapter20, encouraged Christians to pray in the Spirit. Prayer strengthens us, builds up our courage, and assists us in acknowledging the ability of God to do the impossible.
Through prayer we ask and receive our desires from God. Jesus said in Mathew 7:7-8 that we should ask if we want to receive from God. James 4:2, states that we do not have because we have not asked. Therefore, whatsoever we desire from God we must ask for in prayer first, before we can receive it.
Praying is one thing many people struggle with even though they know they ought to pray. We all live extremely busy lives, but we should never be too busy to pray. God wants us to cast our worries on Him, because he cares for us. We should give thanks for all the blessings we receive each and every day. We need to pray in order to find peace in an increasingly troubled world. A peace that only our God can provide!
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:13-16 (NIV)