Here are three reasons we can’t live without prayer.
Most of us have cell phones and don’t leave home without them. Other people have an emergency communicator hanging around their neck, which they can press anytime they’re having an emergency. These are especially important for the elderly, but you also have a lifeline that is better than calling 9-1-1. Prayer is the unlimited calling plan of God, giving you 24/7 access for normal requests but also useful for emergencies.
God knows we have daily needs but also needs that extend beyond today. However, we can very easily become anxious when financial problems arise. Jesus would remind us to simply “look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they” (Matthew 6:26)? Of course, we’re of more value than they are; and you don’t ever see a bird begging for food. When you have need, just pray to God to provide it because He is always there to pray for help or for our daily bread (Matthew 6:11).
Part of the reason we should want to pray is to praise Him for the free gift of eternal life (Ephesians 2:8-9). Job, the ancient patriarch, said, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth” (John 19:25). As Jeremiah the prophet promised of Judah, “their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is his name. He will surely plead their cause, that he may give rest to the earth” (Jeremiah 50:34). So Jacob (Israel) “remembered that God was their rock, the Most High God their redeemer” (Proverbs 78:35). Don’t forget to give God thanks for that.
God is not just your emergency lifeline; He is your provider, both today and in the future. He is also your Redeemer in Jesus Christ, being born of a virgin, taking on the likeness of man, living a sinless life, suffering and dying at the hands of evil men, and being resurrected on the third day. Because He lives, we can also live.