Eph. 6:18, “… pray at all times in the Spirit…”
Lk. 18:1, “… at all times they ought to pray and not lose heart…”
Col. 1:3, “… praying always for you”
Col. 4:2, “Devote yourselves to prayer…”
I Thess. 5:17, “… pray without ceasing…”
Does prayer really make that much of a difference? Is prayer really important, or important enough to be devoted to? After all, Jesus did say that our Father knows what we need even before we ask.
But just because He know does not mean we have no need to ask.
The biggest need I have in my life is to simply be with Him. Prayer is being with Him. He probably wants us to be devoted to prayer because He wants to be with us. If, when we pray, we lose sight of this, we lose sight of prayer, it becomes less than what the Father hopes for.
God is like the little child who wants nothing more than to spend time with daddy. We are, or should be, like the little child who wants nothing more than to spend time with Daddy. I’m mutual longing.
Having said all that, I do believe there is more to prayer than simply keeping company with God. There is in prayer a power to release things that otherwise would not be released.
In prayer we penetrate the vein of God’s will and release His will into the thing we’re praying about. Prayer is a penetration. Prayer is a partnering with God’s will. Prayer’s power lie only in God. Prayer’s power lie in us only because we do the penetrating. The will that is released is out of our control but somehow the will would not be released without our penetration, our prayer.
I believe, however, that the supreme purpose of prayer is to keep company with God. And if this is true, then anything I do to keep company with God becomes prayer… anything.