Is prayer really necessary? Some people say that prayer is just a type of meditation to make us feel better and to lull us into a false sense of security. Others say that since God is loving and good, He will give us all the things we need and will accomplish His good will whether we pray or not. I suppose most of us who are Christians say, “Yes I believe that prayer is absolutely necessary.” But, by our lack of prayer, don’t we demonstrate that we believe it is not necessary? If we Christians really believed that prayer was necessary there would be prayer groups popping up all over. If we really believed that prayer was necessary people would be eager to go to church; our churches would be packed full, not only on Sunday morning but also at the Wednesday night prayer meeting!
Prayer is indeed necessary, and in the next nine blogs I will give you nine reasons why. Here is the first one.
1. Prayer Is Necessary to Obtain Personal Salvation
The Bible says, “Whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13). We know that prayer does not save; God saves. But we see from this verse that God has made prayer the avenue through which salvation is granted. He decided that we must call upon Him before He will save us.
Paul tells us in Romans 10:10 that man believes with the heart, but then with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. So believing with the heart is only part of faith—or, I would say, it is only the first step in receiving the gift of true faith from God. To have complete faith, a saving faith, we must believe with the heart and also confess with the mouth. This confession of the mouth, which is prayer, is what activates faith—or brings to life the faith of God He gives us in His Son (Heb. 12:2). Without this confession of prayer our faith would be dead and worthless. But with prayer our faith becomes alive, which results in our salvation. Therefore, prayer is essential for salvation.
What a great privilege God has given us. He has given us the privilege of having a part in our own salvation. That part comes with the decision we must make as to whether we will receive His Son Jesus Christ through prayer or not. If we should choose not to receive Him that is our God given choice, and He will not force us to receive Him. But if we choose to receive Him we can do it through prayer.
Your prayer should sound something like this:
Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I believe that you died and paid the penalty for my sins. Right now I repent of my sins and I invite you to come into my life. Please come into my life and give me a new life. Lord, help me to get to know you and to trust you. Amen.
Believing prayer then is absolutely necessary. It is what we must engage in to bring us from spiritual death to life in Christ.