Prayer is talking with Jesus. Our first conversation with Him starts with the acknowledgement of our sinful wickedness and our need for Jesus to save us from the wrath of God for our sins.
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10:10-14
As for me, I will call upon God, And the Lord shall save me. Psalm 55:16
And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As the Lord has said, Among the remnant whom the Lord calls. Joel 2:32
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. Romans 5:9
For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
We call upon the Lord Jesus Christ as the result of God’s gracious work in our lives, Who leads us to repentance, to believe the gospel and then to call upon His Son for salvation. As members of God’s family through faith in Jesus Christ, we have all the privileges of being God’s children and have access to Him twenty-four seven, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
For through Him we both have access through one Spirit to the Father. Ephesians 2:18
…according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished through Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. Ephesians 3:11-12
As the beloved children of God, what are the different necessities that drive us to pray to our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ for His help, intervention, guidance and succor? Here are a few of the necessities given in the Scriptures that should motivate us to pray to God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We need to pray for the furtherance of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:18-20
Paul relied on the prayers of other believers for the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ that God would give him the words to boldly speak when sharing the gospel with others. We should be praying for workers chosen by God who will faithfully proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and condemned world.
We need to pray for stability throughout our country and world so the gospel can be shared with others.
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle-I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying-a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;… 1 Timothy 2:1-8
The gospel can more effectively be shared during times of peace and quiet in home countries and the world than when there are disturbances and unrest caused by evil and wicked rulers.
We need to pray for God’s peace and guidance when we are worried, troubled, and/or don’t know what to do.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8 & 5:13-18 &
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. James 5:13-18
We can always go to our Heavenly Father with any and all of our problems, worries, or uncertainties knowing that He will give us help and answer our prayers. Then too, we should always pray for one another regarding our worries, troubles, health problems, and lack of wisdom. Our prayers for one another are effective and bring about much good as we approach our Father in heaven on one another’s behalf.
We need to pray for help from Jesus Christ when we are tempted or when we have sinned.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. 1 John 1:9-2:2
Seeing then that we have great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16
Isn’t it wonderful that we have such a glorious Savior to whom we can go when tempted so that we don’t sin? But even if we neglect His grace when tempted and we do sin, He is still there to advocate for us with the Father and to forgive and cleanse us of our sin when we acknowledge it, turn from it and turn to Him in faith. Prayer is an awesome privilege reserved for the children of God. As we come to Him, directed by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, we can expect our Great and Awesome God to hear us and that He will do great and awesome things. Let us never forget the love of God given to us through Christ Jesus our Lord and talk to Him in prayer knowing that He cares for and has compassion for us.