Prayer may be the most underused gift that God has given to His people. Here are two more encouragements to pray.
2. Pray because Jesus knows what life is like.
We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15).
You can’t bring anything to Jesus that will shock him. Nothing that you face is surprising to Jesus, so that means you don’t need to hide anything from Him. This is the beauty of the incarnation. Think about the humanity of Jesus: He worked in a shop. He grieved. He saw darkness unleashed like no one else ever has.
3. Pray because God invites you to come to His throne of grace.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace (4:16).
John Bunyan says, “God has more than one throne…” The throne of grace is very different from the throne of judgment. God invites you to come to the throne of grace! How often would you want to pray, if you knew you were coming before the throne of judgment?
Which of these two do you find more personally encouraging? Why?