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8 Benefits of Prayer You Can’t Afford to Miss

Benefits of prayer

“Let us come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help.” – Heb. 4:16

How is your prayer life with the Lord?  If you’ve been a believer for some time, you may have realized the difficulty of building up a prayer life… and possibly even given up. And that’s really a loss because the benefits of prayer are so tremendous.

Since it’s so easy to get discouraged and give up on prayer, it’s worth considering some of the awesome benefits of prayer that make pursuing a prayer life worthwhile.

So in this post, we’ll consider eight benefits of prayer that I hope will encourage you to build up a persevering prayer life.

 Eight benefits of prayer

1. Prayer enables you to set your mind on the things above.

Colossians 3:2 says,

 “Set your mind on the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth.”

How could we fulfill God’s word in this verse except by prayer?

Prayer is the  way to have our mind set on the things above. That’s because proper prayer elevates our mind from our earthly concerns to God’s heavenly interests.

 2. Prayer enables Christ to carry out His heavenly administration. 

The Lord’s instruction in Matthew 6:9-13 is not just a prayer to recite, but a pattern of prayer that carries out God’s administration,

 “Our Father who is in the heavens, Your name be sanctified; Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth…”

When our minds are set on the things above, as we just mentioned, we’re able to respond to God’s heavenly interests and express them through our prayer.

During such times of prayer, we become a reflection of Christ’s ministry in the heavens (Rom. 8:34). What a benefit!

 3. Prayer ushers you into the Holy of Holies to receive grace. 

Another benefit of prayer is to touch the “throne of grace” to find grace for your timely help.

Hebrews 4:16 says,

“Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help.”

What is grace? It is more than God’s unmerited favor.

Grace is “God in Christ as our supply and enjoyment, conveyed to us and realized through the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:19)”—Phil. 4:23, note 1 in the Recovery Version.

When we pray, we enter into the Holy of Holies and touch the throne of grace to enjoy the hidden Christ in our spirit.

In fact, enjoying the flowing of God’s grace in our prayer is more important than having our prayers answered.

The primary thing is that grace like a river flows from the throne and into our being. Here is a refreshing hymn that expresses this benefit. You may even want to sing or declare the lyrics as a part of your prayer.

4. Prayer charges your “spiritual battery” to live the Christian life.

The Christian life is like a tool or toy with a battery. Without being regularly charged, our “spiritual battery” will lack the power needed to carry out its intended functions. Our prayer is our connection to the “charging station.”

When we pray, our “spiritual battery” is charged with the heavenly current. This heavenly current, this divine electricity, is the Triune God Himself as grace flowing from the throne—the “heavenly power plant”—into us.

Revelation 22:1 says,

“And He showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb…”

This divine, flowing river proceeding from God’s throne supplies the power to charge us whenever we pray.

5. Prayer brings you into fellowship with the Lord. 

Prayer is the contact of our spirit with God’s spirit.  John 4:24 says,

 “God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit…”

It’s by such God-contacting prayer that we enter into fellowship with the Lord and become conscious of the fact that we are really one spirit with Him and that He is actually one spirit with us (1 Cor. 6:17). This also is a tremendous benefit!

Here is a post with practical points on how to pray to fellowship with the Lord and an enriching hymn to strengthen this point.

6. Prayer renews you for the new man.

Ephesians 4:23-24 says,

“And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind and put on the new man…”

This means that whenever we contact the Lord as the Spirit with our spirit through prayer, this spirit spreads into our mind for our renewing. In such a way we are being renewed for the new man.

This new man is Christ’s Body today and will become the New Jerusalem for eternity (Rev. 21:2). How wonderful that we can be renewed for the new man by our prayer. What a benefit!

7. Prayer lets the peace of Christ arbitrate in your heart.

Colossians 3:15 says,

“And let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body, and be thankful.”

This kind of peace isn’t just freedom from worry, but the peace between different peoples. How can we, as believers, let the peace of Christ arbitrate in all our relationships with people, especially other believers that are different from us. It’s only by our prayer.

When we pray, Christ will become the real umpire, ruler, and decider in everything. The main “call” our “Umpire” makes is “you’re wrong! Repent. Confess and say you’re sorry.”

Such prayer preserves the peace in our marriage life, family life, Christian life and church life. This arbitrating peace is a great benefit of prayer!

8. Prayer allows the word of Christ to dwell in you richly.

Colossians  3:16 says,

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…” 

But how?  One of the greatest discoveries of my Christian life was learning how to receive God’s word in the Bible by means of prayer, that is, pray-reading it.

By pray-reading, you not only gain some mental understanding from the Bible, but you’re nourished with life element in God’s Word. God’s words become “spirit and life” to you (John 6:63).

Don’t just take my word for it. Here are 12 tips on how to pray-read the Word of God to be spiritually nourished.

Try it! See if you don’t say with the prophet Jeremiah, “Your word became to me the gladness and joy of my heart”  (Jer. 15:16). This is a most wonderful benefit of prayer!

In a following post, I’ll go on the consider some practical tips on how to build up such a persevering prayer life.

Have you been encouraged by these eight benefits of prayer? If so, please take a moment share the post, add a comment, or join the conversation on the Holding to Truth Facebook Page.

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Hi. My name is Tom Smith. I'm the writer behind Holding to Truth in Love, and I love the Lord Jesus and His life-giving Word. Please feel free to send me an e-mail through the contact page if you have any questions. I hope you'd take a moment to subscribe to the Holding to Truth blog. Then you'll be sure not to miss a post. Thanks!

26 Replies

  1. melikt

    Thank you! Blessings!

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad you were helped by the post. May your prayer life be full of these eight benefits and bring you much blessing.

      1. Tina ben

        God bless you sir.this message just exposed my life to prayers….

        1. Tom Smith

          I’m glad this post was helpful to you. You may also enjoy reading, 10 Short Morning Prayers We Can Pray to the Lord and applying these points to uplift your prayer and make it more effective. Thank you for your comment.

      2. Wilson Ezekiel. O.

        Amen, greatly encouraged by your post sir. God bless you.

        1. Tom Smith

          Glad you enjoyed the post. It is a great help to see that prayer is our contacting God, who is Spirit, with our spirit (John 4:24). In such a contact, God infuses His life-giving element, His very being, into us (2 Cor. 13:14). In this infusion is the grace, the love and fellowship we need to live a normal Christian life and church life. It is not merely a matter of getting God to do things for us, but of opening our entire being to Him to allow Him to operate within us and fill us. Through God’s divine operation, we are enabled to do His will (Phil 2:13). We need to keep coming to Him each day whether we feel like it or not, trusting in His little by little, moment by moment dispensing. Thank you for your comment. Please comment often.

  2. Plus, prayer works when we seek God’s will as Jesus shared! Amen

    1. Tom Smith

      That’s so true. In another post, “5 principles for effective prayers of intercession” I mentioned that our prayers are effective (as you said,”prayer works”) when they are initiated by God’s revelation and according to His heart (or “seeking God’s will”). Our genuine prayer should be “Your kingdom come and your will be done.”

      1. katusha Henry

        I cannot begin the day without prayer. Prayer is my daily connection with God. When I put him first, my day goes perfectly well. I practice praying about everything. I “gossip with God” every day. Oh how I love him.

        1. Tom Smith

          Amen. I also cannot begin the day without prayer. It would be like trying to go to work without having any nourishing food or without having gas in your car. It would be hard to get very far. Prayer connects us to God as the divine source of supply to live the Christian life. Also, when we mingle prayer with reading God’s Word our prayer is uplifted and the Word is enlivened.
          Good to pray about everything and keep a continual conversation with the Lord. Glad you enjoyed the post. Here are two other posts that you might like to read if you haven’t already done so:
          10 Short Morning Prayers We Can Pray to the Lord
          12 Tips on How to Pray-read the Word of God to be Spiritually Nourished

  3. Thank you, brother, for such a truth-rich post. I am encouraged to practice my prayer life to “get hold of Him”, to become full of God.

    1. Tom Smith

      Amen. It’s good to see that we don’t just pray to get God to do what we want. We pray to cooperate with Him so He can fulfill His plan in and through us. When we pray our wonderful Triune God flows into us, through us and out of us. Such prayer affords Him the way to carry out His administration on this earth, to fill us with grace, and to renew us for the new man. What benefits! What a blessing! May we all be encouraged to persevere in prayer. Make sure to read the follow on post 7 steps to build up a personal prayer life.

  4. Jerry

    Thanks for this post…… Now I can teach my fellowship the benefit of prayer with a perfect understanding.. . Remain blessed sir!

  5. jane

    Notify me of any new posts by email. effective prayer does wonders

    1. Tom Smith

      Jane,

      I have to agree that effective prayers does wonders. The greatest of these wonders is that it imparts God into us as our life and life supply so that we may live a life that expresses God and fulfills His eternal purpose. When we pray, we should make contacting God in our spirit and absorbing God our primary concern. If you haven’t already done so, I would encourage you to explore the Prayer Life page of the Holding to Truth blog and progressively read through the twelve posts listed there. For a deeper coverage on this subject I’d also recommend Lessons on Prayer by Witness Lee. You can read it for free at ministrybooks.org.

      I have added you to the Holding to Truth email list so you should be receiving posts as soon as they are published.

  6. olivet

    am really glad of this post,may God bless you richly in all things,notify me on any post thank you.

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad you enjoyed the post. I have added you to the Holding to Truth email list so you’ll be automatically notified of any new posts. Thanks for sharing your appreciation.

  7. priscillia precious

    Prayer really does wonders. Am so happy knowing that prayer can also help me fulfill purpose. Please I really want to get more posts

    1. Tom Smith

      It is a wonder that the all powerful God has restricted Himself to our prayer. He has many things He desires to do, yet, He will wait until He has some people on this earth that agree with and will echo His hearts desire. May we see the great importance of prayer and lay the “train tracks” so our all-powerful God has the cooperation He is seeking to fulfill His purpose in this age.

  8. I realize now, more than before, the need of prayer, rather than our doing, as a way to be infused with the Lord, so as to then be used of Him, by His nourishing of us and supplying us with Himself, as the grace of God to us. Hallelujah! I do want to make a note of these eight points, so as to enjoy them deeply, so as to enjoy Christ, as the Word of God, to dwell in us richly. Thank You Lord Jesus! Amen. … Thank You brother Tom for your sharing. “The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.” (2 Timothy 4:22) Amen.

  9. katusha Henry

    I look forward to receiving posts from you. Love the Lord.

  10. Evangelist John

    Prayer is the master key for everything you need from God

    1. Tom Smith

      Prayer is a believer’s spiritual breathing. It is the means for us to contact God in our spirit and absorb Him into our being. May we learn to pray prayers that mingle our spirit with His Spirit. Thanks for the comment.

  11. Thank you Tom for this superb post!
    May God bless you.

    1. Tom Smith

      Adronico, I am glad you found the post on the benefits of prayer helpful. Often we consider prayer a difficult matter. That is because we miss the secret of coming first to contact the Lord and absorb all that He is into our being. When we open ourselves to the Lord and use our spirit to pray especially with God’s Word we receive the divine supply we need to live the Christian life. I find it helpful to call on the Lord Jesus from deep within, confess anything that separates me from Him, pray over a few Bible verses with thanks, praise to Him. This kind of prayer fills and supplies us to live the Christian life. Thanks for sharing your comment.

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