Today From Psalms
Prayer is part of all religions. It may just be an exercise without meaning such as lighting candles, turning a prayer wheel, or counting beads but it is what people do. It may be sincere but without the truth such as praying to idols which cannot see, hear, or move to help the person praying. True prayer must begin with a knowledge of the one true God.
But why do men pray and why do we pray to the Lord God only? Psalm 86 gives us some answers.
First, and foremost men pray because they are needy. “Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy.” We came to God because we have been made aware of the great needs we have and our inability to meet those needs in and of our self. We came to God seeking salvation because we knew we were lost and could not save our self. As a result, we called upon the name of the Lord and was saved. (Romans 10:13) There are always needs which I cannot meet, and they drive me to God in prayer.
Secondly, men who know the Lord God pray to Him because of His character. “O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” (Verses 4b-5) This verse needs no explanation, just much meditation.
Third, we pray in faith because we are confident that God hears our prayers. “In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.” (Verse 7)
Lastly, we pray to the God of the Bible because God alone is God and His works are great and mighty. “Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.” (Verse 8)
Whatever your need, God is willing to hear your prayer and is able to do whatever is needful. It is because of this that we are told to “Pray without ceasing.” ( I Thessalonians 5:17)