Why is it necessary for us to pray? We have heard what prayer is, and how we must pray, but now we need to answer the important question, why is prayer important in our teenage years and as we grow older? Philippians 4:6 states “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” This passage clearly states we as Christians on our earthly pilgrimage will endure trials such as: sickness, death, and persecution. Paul not only asks us to come to God in prayer, but commands us to bring our trials to God in prayer. As people we are weak. We were, after all, made out of the dust of the ground. It is impossible for us as God’s children to live in this corrupt and sinful world and have an empty prayer life, impossible! You cannot be a child of God, especially a young person of the church and be spiritually strong, without prayer. I urge you to pray. I have found myself in many situations where all I can do is pray, and let me be the first to tell you God hears your prayers and answers them. Then and only then will you find true comfort and relief. God knows his children better than they can know themselves. He knows what makes them tick as a human being. Don’t let that scare you, but use it as a comfort that He and only He can answer His child’s call and plea for help.
In the second place, how are you and I suppose to grow closer to our heavenly Father without praying to him and pouring out our earthly needs? He created us! We are living day by day to serve Him on this earth! If we do not pray, how are we supposed to know the greatness of the God whom we serve? You can’t. James 4:6 states boldly, “Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh unto you.” As His children we have an important calling to serve God on this earth. Sometimes that work will be vigorous and hard, and sometimes you will have to make sacrifices for Christ’s sake. But when you exclude prayer from all this, what do you have? The answer is simply nothing. We as young people and the future generations of the church need to make prayer a habit. You and I don’t forget to brush our teeth in the morning, do we? We don’t forget to check our phones first thing after we wake up, do we? But do we forget to bow our heads and ask God for help in the day and week ahead? We as God’s children should never forget why we pray, and we must always remember the root of relief and joy is going to God in prayer. That’s why we pray.