Why do Christian’s pray?
This is a question that you may not have ever considered. Often Christian discussion about prayer is focused on how we pray, or when to pray, what words to use or what happens when prayer doesn’t work. We worry about whether our prayers sound ‘professional’ enough and a huge amount of emotional energy is consumed in the fears around praying aloud. But I want to ask a more basic question – why do Christians pray at all?
Every morning at 7am Hannah and I chat on the phone. She is commuting to her office in London, I’m getting out of bed in Otley. The conversations we have at this time every morning are never important; we don’t talk about significant things or make grandiose plans. We check in which each other, find out how the other slept and give a brief update on the day ahead. But as I reflect on our relationship I think it is those 7am chats which form the foundation of everything else we do. Particularly in a long-distance relationship, knowing that you are in some sense connected with the other person is crucial. I’m sure if you think about your relationship with your spouse or best friend you can resonate with what I’m saying – the foundation is built on little, regular, communication moments which let you know that they are there.
On November 25th we are hosting a Prayer Day in Church for Otley. We have deliberately chosen this weekend because it is the last weekend before Advent. In Advent we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us. And this helps to answer the question “Why Do Christian’s Pray?” Because, prayer is our way of connecting to “God with us”. This is central to the understanding of the coming of Jesus. God communicates, connects and engages with his people. Like any good relationship the foundation has to be built on regular communication. Christians have always prayed to develop and build that relationship. So, I would encourage you to join us at the Prayer Day and start Advent by praying, because God is with us.