Day #6: Why Even Bother to Pray?

"Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."

Matthew 6:11-13, NKJV

 

I know a lot of people wonder why they should take the time to pray. They look around this evil world and see evil men getting away with evil plans and they are tempted to think that somehow God has let them down - so why even bother to pray?

 

Maybe the reason that God wants us to pray is, in part, because there are evil men with evil intentions. They need to be stopped, but why should God stop them if we won't even take a few moments to acknowledge His sovereignty and His power and humbly request His help. Maybe He wants us to remember that our sole reason for being here is to serve Him. Maybe He wants us to realize that we don't even eat, not even for a single day, except for the food He has provided.

 

Maybe He wants us to forgive others because we personally know how valuable that the forgiveness is that He provides for us. Maybe He wants us to pray to be delivered from temptation, every single day, because we struggle with temptation to sin , every single day.

 

There are probably a lot of things we do not know about God's reasons for commanding us to pray every day, but we do know that He does indeed command us to pray each day. Maybe days like this particular one will help us to understand a little better. Today, in our nation, there will be an attempt to certify a new President. This despite more than a thousand sworn statements from witnesses in a half a dozen states stating that cheating and fraud occurred. Maybe God wants us to ask Him to intervene on important matters like that.

 

The reason we pray, for things ranging in importance from our families eating today, to corrupt men being thwarted in their corruption, is this: God truly is in control. He is the only One who not only knows exactly what to do, but who also has the power to do it. So, if you have been trying to go it alone perhaps today is a good time to begin to pray for the things that only our Creator can provide.

 

Or, we could continue to try it on our own. We see where that has gotten us, don't we?

 

Today's reading is from the 6th chapter of the Book of Matthew. It is a continuation of the greatest sermon ever preached, by the greatest One to ever preach.