1. Prayer is a form of serving God (Luke 2:36-38). We pray because God commands us to pray (Philippians 4:6-7).

2. Prayer is exemplified for us by Christ and the early church (Mark 1:35; Acts 1:14; 2:42; 3:1; 4:23-31; 6:4; 13:1-3). If Jesus thought it was worthwhile to pray, we should also.

3. God intends for prayer to be the means of obtaining His solutions in a number of situations:

a. Preparation for major decisions (Luke 6:12-13).

a. Overcoming demonic barriers in lives (Matthew 17:14-21).

b. The gathering of workers for the spiritual harvest (Luke 10:2).

c. The gaining of strength to overcome temptation (Matthew 26:41).

d. The means of strengthening others spiritually (Ephesians 6:18-19).

4. We have God’s promise that our prayers are not in vain, even if we don’t receive specifically what we asked for (Matthew 6:6; Romans 8:26-27).

5. He has promised that when we ask for things that are in accordance with His will, He will give us what we ask for (1 John 5:14-15).