What is the true purpose of prayer? Why did God Almighty ordain the act of praying for His children?
By and large, many believers pray only when they need deliverance from their present circumstances. Often it’s only when they are in distress and seek relief from adversity they offer up their petition to the Lord invoking His protection and preservation. There is nothing inherently wrong with this kind of praying. In fact, the Lord enjoins us: “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me” (Psalm 50:15).
As rewarding as it is to experience first hand the miraculous intervention of the Lord in our lives, there is so much more than “crisis management praying.”
Many people pray out of the destitution of their life. True prayer is motivated out of desperation for Christ’s life. Until you become as uncomfortable living without the presence and true knowledge of God as you are in your current deprivation and misery you will not experience the breakthrough God has in store for you. The Lord desires that you seek Him. “For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: ‘Seek Me and live!’” (Amos 5:4).
The purest expression and highest form of prayer is intimacy and communion with Father God. We open up our hearts to know Him. We live in ceaseless communion with Him and express eternal gratitude in worship for the love and blessings that flow from Him.
In the words of a great Indian prophet: “Prayer is the desire to possess God Himself, the Source of all life. The true spirit of prayer does not consist in asking for blessings, but in receiving Him who is the giver of all blessings, and in living a life of fellowship with Him.” —Sadhu Sundar Singh.
Of necessity, the true knowledge of God is not attained hurriedly. The Lord is raising up a people that delight in His person and presence more than in His promises and provision. Press into God’s presence and linger longer. You will be glad you did!