Here are two more encouragements to pray.
4. Pray because this is how you will receive help from God.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4:16).
Many people who call themselves Christians feel that they do not really receive help from God. If that’s the case, ask yourself: Am I really praying? It is through prayer that the help of God is received—you draw near to the throne of grace.
5. Pray because this was the practice of Jesus.
“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Mat. 26:39).
Jesus goes to a solitary place to pray when He comes to His hour of greatest trial (Mat. 26:36-46). The Bible tells us that Jesus prayed the same thing three times. He was wrestling and so He goes back to the Father again and again to find help and relief. If the Son of God did this, how much more should we do this in our weakness?
Can you identify a time in the recent past where you might have received more help from God, if only you had prayed about it?