The most basic definition of prayer is “talking to God.” Prayer is not meditation or passive reflection; it is direct address to God. It is the communication of the human soul with the Lord who created the soul. Prayer is the primary way for the believer in Jesus Christ to communicate his emotions and desires with God and to fellowship with God.  Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6–7).

The importance of daily communication through prayer cannot be overestimated. It is so important that it is mentioned over 250 times in Scripture. So why is daily prayer so important? 
  • Daily prayer gives us an opportunity to share all aspects of one’s life with God. Life’s circumstances change on a daily basis. In fact, things can go from good to bad to worse in a very short time. God calls us to bring our concerns to Him for disposition and potential blessing. He also calls us to share our joys and triumphs with Him. In fact, Jeremiah 33:3 states, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” God wants us to call on Him so that He can answer our prayers. He also wants to share with us incredible blessings that we might otherwise have missed had we not reached out to Him through prayer. And finally, James 4:8 tells us to “draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” God wants us to be close to Him at all times.
  • Daily prayer gives us the chance to express gratitude for the things in life that He provides. It is no secret that we must give thanks to the Lord for all the things that He provides and all of the things He does on our behalf. His goodness and lovingkindness to us should be recognized on a daily basis. In 1 Chronicles 16:34, we are commanded to “give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” The psalmist tells us in Psalm 9:1, “I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.” We pray on a daily basis to acknowledge His faithfulness and His abundant provision in our daily lives.
  • Daily prayer provides the platform for confessing our sin and asking for help repenting of that sin. Let’s face it, we all sin daily whether we know it or not. So as followers of Jesus Christ, what must we do? Scripture makes it very clear: “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD’— and you forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:5). Tell God what He already knows and do it on a daily basis. Daily prayer time is a great place to unburden one’s self from the debilitating effects of sin. So often Christians walk around with unconfessed sin that hinders our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, when we should humbly submit ourselves and ask for forgiveness in prayer. Another important element of daily prayer is asking God for the strength to repent of our sins. Only God can help us turn from our sins, and, for this to be so, He needs to hear our plea to repent.
  • Daily prayer is an act of worship and obedience. Perhaps no other verse better summarizes why we should pray on a daily basis than 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” It’s God’s will for His children to rejoice in Him, to pray to Him and give thanks to Him. To pray without ceasing simply means that we should make prayer a regular habit and never stop doing so. Prayer also is an act of worship because by praying to Him we are showing Him how much we adore Him. Daily prayer is also an act of obedience that brings joy to the Lord to see His children following His commands.
  • Daily prayer is a way to acknowledge who is really in control of our lives. As Christians, we know who is really in control. God is sovereign. Nothing happens without God knowing about it (Isaiah 46:9-10; Daniel 4:17). Because He is sovereign overall, He deserves our worship and praise. “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all” (1 Chronicles 29:11). God is our great King and as such He controls every aspect of our lives. Each day we should acknowledge His proper place in our lives humbly and with a reverence reserved for such a great and awesome King.
Finally, prayer is something that we all should want to do on a daily basis. Yet for many Christians it can be a challenge to humble oneself in daily prayer. For those who have been walking with the Lord for many years, daily prayer may become stale and lacking in proper conviction or reverence. Whether one is a new believer or an established one, prayer should always be considered as THE best way to speak to God. Imagine not speaking to a loved one or a close friend. How long would the relationship last? Daily prayer with God is daily fellowship with our heavenly Father. It is truly amazing that God would want to have fellowship with us at all. In fact, the psalmist asks, “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:4). Daily prayer is a good way to understand this incredible truth and the marvelous privilege God has given us.
  • "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee." - Psalm 122:6
  • Pray for Boldness to Share the Gospel with everyone we meet.
  • Pray for Wisdom and Discernment during these difficult times.
  • Pray for those in your Congregation, Church Ministry and your Pastors.
  • Pray for your Family and Friends.
  • Pray for those Suffering with Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Afflictions.
  • Pray for Christian Marriages.
  • Pray for Laborers in the Mission Field.
  • Pray for our Military, Veterans, and First Responders.
  • Pray for Government Leaders and our Nation.
  • Pray for One Another.
  • Pray for Persecuted Believers around the world. 

The Voice of the Martyrs: Persecuted Believers

The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is a nonprofit, interdenominational missions organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission — no matter the cost.

Open Doors USA: Persecuted Christians

God called founder, Brother Andrew—better known as "God's Smuggler"—to a singular vision: to "Strengthen what remains" (Revelation 3:2). And so, he did, smuggling Bibles behind the Iron Curtain to help persecuted Christians stand strong.

Today, more than 360 million Christians worldwide experience extreme persecution and discrimination for their faith.

For 60 years, Open Doors has worked in the world's most oppressive countries, empowering Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. Open Doors equips persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries through programs like Bible & Gospel Development, Women & Children Advancement and Christian Community Restoration. As a result, Open Doors has specialized in helping Christians who are persecuted for their faith. However, we work with persecuted Christians to reach out to non-Christians, even their persecutors, so that they can reach them with the message of Christ.

The #1 way you can help support persecuted believers is through prayer.  You can help these mission organizations by sending them a donation, as the Lord leads.

How can we pray?

Pray From the Bible

  • Pray that persecuted Christians would know the hope God gives (Ephesians 1:18).
  • Pray that Christians facing persecution would rely on God, and not themselves (2 Corinthians 1:7-9).
  • Pray that persecuted Christians would fearlessly tell others about Jesus (Ephesians 6:20).
  • Pray that their witness would inspire those who plan to harm them (Acts 16:25, Luke 6:27-31).
  • Pray that God would provide for the physical needs of persecuted Christians (3 John 2).
  • Pray that they would experience God’s peace, despite their weakness and current circumstances (2 Corinthians 12:9).
  • Pray that God would protect them, according to His will (Matthew 26:39).
  • Pray that God would ultimately rescue them out of dangerous circumstances (Psalm 91:15).
  • Pray that persecuted Christians would feel deeply connected to Jesus in their suffering (John 15:19-20).
  • Pray that they would be completely faithful and surrendered to God’s will (Revelation 2:10-11).
  • Pray that they would have wisdom and discernment for how to approach every situation (Matthew 10:16-18).
  • Pray that as they share in Christ’s sufferings, they would be able to rejoice in the hope God offers them (1 Peter 4:12-14).

Pray for Practical Needs

  • Pray that persecuted Christians would have access to a Bible.
  • Pray for access to food and shelter.
  • Pray that God would give persecuted Christians the right words to say.
  • Pray that they would have opportunities to gather, and that God would supply their needs for a community.
  • Pray for God to be an advocate for women who are socially vulnerable or have lost the custody of their children because of their faith.
  • Pray for courage for those that remain in their homeland.
  • Pray for comfort and hope for those that have been separated from each other.
  • Pray for those imprisoned.

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