Prayer has many purposes but the most important one is that it allows us to be in communion with our heavenly father. When you are in love with a person you want to talk to them often, to be with them in their presence because it builds intimacy. Daily communion with God increases our ability to know the mind of God, his character, his desires and plans for our lives.
Prayer allows us to minister to our God by coming to him in adoration, praising and worshipping him. Prayer puts God to work on our behalf because we have now made our requests known to him and he is obligated to answer us by his word. Our prayer authorizes God to respond to our needs and change things on our behalf. Prayer releases God to bring his will to earth and establish his kingdom on earth.
Prayer allows us to hear the voice of God and receive direction and correction that will enable us to become powerful spiritual warriors. Prayer acknowledges God then he can direct our paths and order our steps. Prayer builds a hedge of protection around us. It gives us power and dominion over the works of the enemy. Prayer brings us into obedience with the word of God as he has stated "men ought always to pray" "pray without ceasing".
Prayer is the responsibility (requirement and duty) of every born again believer. He has given us the responsibility to pray for leaders, kings, presidents and those in authority that we may live a peaceable life. Therefore prayer gives us the authority to change circumstances and situations and cause the will of God to be fulfilled. Prayer allows us to receive the desire of our hearts. Prayer allows us to be delivered from those things which would hinder our walk with God. It allows us to walk in confidence and assurance of his love for us.
Prayer allows us to put God in remembrance of his promises and obtain supernatural power to overcome and overthrown the enemy. The purpose of prayer is to become intimate with God and minister to him because he longs for us to be with him, to know him. We were created for this purpose to be in communion with God. Prayer allows us to fulfill his purpose in our lives and be obedient in carrying out our duties to pray always.
Prayers allow us to obtain the blessing of God in our lives and those around us. The nation that prays is blessed. The word blessed means: divinely or supremely favored, fortunate, worthy of adoration, reverence highly favored. It means possessing good things. The nation that prays is protected. Psalms 33:16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. 17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. 18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; 19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
A nation that prays is one that recognizes their need for God and repents for its sin in order to receive healing for the land. Ok, the word says in 2nd Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray , and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. My people refers to those who believe in God yet when we repent, turn and seek God the healing of the land is for the righteous and unrighteous alike, the believer and non-believer benefits from the healing of the land.
What should we pray for? According to 1 Tim 2:1-4 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. The following suggestions is taken from The ABC's of Intercession (Prophetess Rose Mary Blackwell)
Pray for our nations: The President, Vice-President, Senate/House of Representatives, Armed Forces, IRS, all federal bureaus and government agencies. Proverbs 14:34, Psalms 33:12
Pray for our State: Governors, Elected Officials, Law Enforcement & Prison officers. Ephesians 3:14-19
Pray for our cities: Mayor, aldermen and women, appointed office holders, leaders in society.
Pray for our families: strong marriages, protection, and salvation for family members, ungodly relationships to be broken.
Pray for the Body of Christ, our pastors and ourselves. Eph 1:16-23, 3:14-21, I Thes 1:3-12, Phil 1:3-11
Let us not forget Proverbs 14:34 that Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. May America always rise up and bless God because God has and continues to Bless America.