3 Reasons to Pray

970572_409455679172640_1316185825_nLast year at about this same time, my oldest son wrote a guest post (5 Lessons from 2 Timothy) based on reflections from his first year at a Christians in Training (CIT) summer camp at Bair Lake Bible Camp in Jones, MI. He attended the camp again this year and is back with additional reflections from what he learned at CIT.

(Picture to right: Jonathan is the first kid sitting on another’s shoulders starting from the left. He’s wearing the red shirt.)

3 Reasons to Pray by Jonathan Scare

“I don’t know what to write about,” I told my mom.

“Well, just let me know. Make sure you pray about it before you decide,” she replied.

So, I prayed and thought about if I had something to write, and the idea to write about 3 reasons to pray and how I would apply them came to mind.

Reason #1: So we can be more godly.

One of the main reasons for lack of godliness is prayerlessness.

Application: I will pray more, so I can be more like God.

Reason #2: Because prayer is expected.

Jesus expects us to pray.

“Jesus told his disciples they should always pray…” (Luke 18:1)

“Devote yourselves to prayer.” (Colossians 4:2)

“Pray continually.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Application: I want to pray because God expects it.

Reason #3: So we can learn about it.

Prayer can be learned by praying, by meditating on Scripture, by praying with others and by reading about prayer.

Application: I will pray, so I can get better at it.

Mom’s Note

My husband and oldest son are a lot alike. They don’t mince words and are very matter-of-fact. Yet, in their simplicity with words, they have a wisdom that will forever awe me. My son wants to pray to be more like God, because Jesus expects it and to learn more about it. Really, what more is there to prayer?

Mom’s Application: I will quit making prayer more difficult than it needs to be.

DISCUSSION: How could Jonathan’s simple view of prayer change your prayer life?

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26 Replies to “3 Reasons to Pray”

  1. Nice post Kari's oldest son. 🙂 Concise and to the point. Too bad I already do all that. *Duck! Incoming!* Seriously, your thoughts are well said and practical. And Kari, if I remember correctly your son's post on prayer was the very first one I read of yours. Either that or i went back to read some and found it. You can be a proud momma.

  2. Your son gets it…would we all be able to express ourselves as clearly as he did. Tell him thanks for sharing with us.

    1. Yes, he does. He & my husband really help me and my youngest to see life more simply. They help us undo the complications we create. This post is an example of how that happens.

  3. The hardest thing about prayer is starting! Public prayer especially, but if you can start praying by yourself it sure helps to grow in God and be able to pray for a group or in front of a group. Thinking and talking about doing anything does not work, you just have to trust in God to lead you in your prayer life.
    Proud Grandma

    1. Just taking a small step gives the Holy Spirit permission to move us forward in our prayer lives. He will too, if we just trust Him to lead is down the right path.

  4. Nice clear and to the point. We can all do better in our prayer life! Some people don't pray because they fear doing it wrong, but prayer is having a conversation with God, and no matter how we do it He loves us and wants us to come to Him in prayer. God bless you! BOTH mother and son…

    1. That's my boy, clear and to the point. Learned it from his daddy. I agree that fear of making mistakes is part of why people don't pray. When we realize it's just a conversation, and we make mistakes in conversations all the time, prayer gets easier. Thanks, Mary!

  5. Great insight for one to grow in his relationship with God. Prayer is talking with God! Just like his relationship with our earthly father, so should our relationship be with our heavenly Father – open communication. God expects its and Jesus taught it, because it is for our benefit to do so. High five to your son!

  6. There are two things I love about your writing style, Jonathan – you're a bottom line thinker (you get to the point without a lot of fluff) and you include lots of Scripture. I loved your post! Simple and to the point and great words of wisdom about prayer. Thanks for brightening my day!

    P.S. I just got back from a biblical counseling conference. The main speaker said he spends one to two hours every morning in prayer before he starts his day of counseling. I was encouraged (convicted) to start a prayer journal when I got home. I just googled how to make a prayer journal and followed some of the suggestions. My journal consists of Bible verses I can pray for others, prayer lists, and answered prayer. This really helps me when I pray for others and also for my writing ministry.

    1. Great suggestion about a prayer journal, Barb. When I hear about individuals like that speaker you wrote about, I realize how much I can still grow in my own prayer life.

  7. I certainly do not spend enough time during each day praying. It is something we need to be diligent in doing. Good points Jonathan.

  8. What a great post!!! We have a closer and deeper relationships when we pray. I love the #1 application "So we can be more godly." That's powerful.

  9. I have changed my prayer expectations. I don't pray so much anymore for things to change. I used to ask for circumstances to be altered, for miracles. Now I pray more for understanding. In other words, "God change me"

  10. I love the concept of learning to pray by praying. I think that not knowing how to pray is a false barrier that we throw up as an excuse instead of jumping in. Wise words from a wise kid!

  11. Luke 18:16-17 indeed!

    An inspiring post.

    #1 is interesting. Does God pray? There’s an English cookery writer called Delia Smith who is religious. She wrote a book about prayer called Journey to God. One of the first things she says is that praying is something God does.


    1. Well, in scripture Jesus is at God’s right hand interceding for us & that the Holy Spirit prays on our behalf when we don’t know how or what to pray. So yeah, I believe God prays. Plus, He’s the other side of our own prayer conversations. Great additional thought, Ivan.

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