What Are the Benefits of Prayer?

Prayer. To some, it’s a way of life, but to others, it can be mysterious or complicated. Oftentimes, it’s referred to as a Christian discipline, which can make it sound difficult or oppressive.

However, prayer is a wonderful thing that provides many benefits. These benefits go beyond the individual praying.

In this article, we’ll define what prayer is and look at some of the benefits prayer provides.

What Is Prayer
People define prayer in various ways but the simplest way to describe it is communication with God.

There are different kinds of prayer and many ways to practice it. Benefit-producing prayer isn’t recited but is communication that comes from the heart.

Some Benefits of Prayer

  1. Prayer changes our focus. It’s easy to get caught up in the circumstances going on around us, good or bad. Praying directs our focus away from here on earth to God in heaven.

Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth (Colossians 3:2, NLT).

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith… (Hebrews 12:2).

  1. Prayer brings us closer to God. Because prayer is communicating with God, it helps us build our relationship with him. It’s one of the many ways we can get to know him better.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8).

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth (Psalm 145:18).

  1. Prayer ushers us into God’s presence. In the Old Testament, people needed the priests or prophets to talk to God for them. But when Jesus died, the veil in the temple was torn in two, opening the way for us to talk to God ourselves.

The curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51).

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

  1. Prayer is a way to help others. There are two ways this is true. One is praying with someone and the other is praying for someone. One is done in person (or over the phone), while the other is done in your private time.

Pray for one another, that you may be healed (James 5:16).

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. (Colossians 1:9-12, ESV).

  1. Prayer helps calm us. The world is full of things that bring anxiety into our lives and prayer can restore our peace.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7, NLT).

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

  1. Prayer brings about change. The familiar phrase prayer changes things is true. Sometimes the things that change are circumstances, while other times we are the thing that prayer changes.

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops (James 4:16-18).

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).

And the List Goes On and On
The benefits of prayer can’t be exhausted. Prayer helps us find direction in life. It can prevent us from making wrong decisions and falling into sin. Through it, we can learn to submit to God’s will.

Prayer helps us receive forgiveness and love. It also helps us love our enemies as we understand how we were once God’s enemy but, through Jesus, we are friends and heirs.

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18 thoughts on “What Are the Benefits of Prayer?

  1. Wonderful Explanation on prayer. Prayer helps us to be humble, obedient and patient at all times; totally submitting our will to God. Hence, a prayerful person doesn’t bear grudges, but forgives all the time even his or her enemies, no matter the gravity of their offences.

    Keep it up my dear.

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  2. Karen Armstrong, the great British historian of religion, writes and speaks much about compassion. Compassion requires one to get outside oneself. Prayer, practiced properly, functions in this way, at least. After all, we may safely assume that God has a good memory and knows who needs what.

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  3. I want to henceforth addressed you by your name: and the LORD standard reveals the name of the wicked the LORD know not, by the righteous knows Him by their names!

    And the LORD said, you shall know them by the fruits of their lips. Now, these fruits of lips are words. Gracious words proceeds from the mouth of the righteous.

    So, I would love to know and address you by your real name.

    A young man approach the LORD with a question at hand, How can I inherit eternal life? After a dialogue, the LORD beholding him, loved him! That’s because the young feedback revealed from his youth has he kept the LORD commandments.

    After being privy, to learn little of you in your college, I loved you: now, I intimate my Lord and Master Jesus Christ, for as I see my Father do even so I do! The LORD bless you and keep you: the LORD make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. And the LORD put his name upon your forehead; and the LORD bless you.

    Thanks for your piece of admonition!

    As a final note, touching the definition, as communication with God, is important we recognize is a dialogue and not a monologue. Further, as a dialogue, we stand to benefit more perfectly when we listen more swiftly, and only talk in few words. Lastly, the few words by us, to pull enormous fervency when these words are God word to us.

    Now there’s need for caution: God word spoken back to God might be term tempting the LORD or erring. We therefore need only to speak by the guidance and leading of the Holy Spirit.

    Thanks once again for your piece of admonition!

    God bless You!

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    1. Hi the Christiantechner,
      I know you’re doing well and sound by grace!

      Once asked for your name- specific besides Christiantechner- though no response.

      Seems okay to address by specific name if need arise, but if this isn’t convenient for you, then that’s fine; if not, wouldn’t mind to know your name- want to call you by that.

      Thank you.

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  4. What a beautiful true reminder of how our Lord speaks to us in prayer!! Prayer is truly a powerful tool, and our Father God is always listening and showering his goodness and mercy on us regardless of how fast or slow our prayers are answered!! Haleluya!! Great work yet again deary 🥰

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  5. A long time ago a friend of mine sent me the following on prayer:
    Take a few moments to be still. God’s presence is always with you. Open yourself to it now.
    As you breathe in, say ‘God you are here’. As you breathe out, say ‘And I am with you.’
    Do this until you feel undistracted by your surroundings and feel the presence of God enveloping you.
    And then – just as Jesus did – out loud and with confidence, ask God for the miracles that are on your heart for the world’s poorest people. For people whose lives have been torn apart by war, hunger and poverty.
    Listen to him as he responds. You may want to write down any words, scripture or pictures he has for you.
    End by thanking God for being with you and working in you.
    I try to do this every day

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