Christianity may be a religion, but the core of it isn’t traditions, nor even knowledge of doctrine. The core of faith is a relationship with a God who desires to communicate with us. God has his own means, such as through Scripture, of communicating with us, but we also have access to talk to him whenever and wherever we are. Whether it’s before a mealtime, while stuck in traffic, before a tough decision, during a time of pain, or even just on the whim of it, Christians can access an infinitely loving God through prayer.
Prayer is how we communicate with God. Our God is not someone who watches us from a distance, rather, He loves us and wants to be in a constant, personal, and close relationship with us. Jesus Christ, through His saving work on the cross, allowed us to have a direct line of communication with God through prayer, and is constantly interceding with God the Father on our behalf. At any moment in your life, through good times and hard times, you can lay down your burdens to Him.
Prayer is central to the Christian walk. Even though God knows everything we will say and everything that will happen to us, we are still called to live a life of prayer. God is not a genie, and often times it feels like our prayers are unanswered. But God is our Father, and like a child we come running into His arms, bringing our worries before Him like a child would to a parent. Even Jesus prays!
Connect with others by meeting together to pray.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8:26-27 (NKJV)
Grow in faith through prayer with God.
‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)
Serve others by praying for their needs.
[…] praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV)
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV)