Charles Stanley has said that there are at least ten good reasons to have a chat with God:
- Our personal relationship with Jesus Christ is enlarged and deepened when we spend time with Him in prayer.
- Our perception of who God is grows and is expanded.
- We will have a positive faith and strengthen our trust in Him.
- We begin a purifying process within our hearts as prayer becomes a priority in our lives.
- We develop a passion for obedience to God.
- The pressures of life begin to dissipate and we experience peace with God.
- We see God as the Provider of our needs.
- Fellowship with Christ is a pathway to spiritual growth.
- We have power in our devotional and spiritual lives and individual witness.
- We experience new and greater productivity in all areas of our lives
Dwight L. Moody once said that he would rather learn to pray than preach. “After all,” he said, “Jesus never taught his disciples how to preach, but he did teach them how to pray.” Jesus taught his disciples how to pray because prayer is one of the most important aspects of our lives. Our fellowship with God, which is more important than any other relationship we have, is maintained through prayer and the Word with the help of the Holy Spirit. That is, no doubt, a reason that Paul told the church to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” (Ephesians 6:18) Now as a bonus, prayer not only improves our relationship with God _ it also improves our relationship with people. So, make prayer a first response to everything and then expect God-breathed results.
Church, prayer is not just something to check off a daily “things to do” list _ it’s not something that we do to look religious. Prayer is something we do to better our fellowship with God _ to become more intimate with Him. So, let’s do something Paul mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and make prayer a continuous, never-ending chat with God