People pray for many reasons – help, encouragement, praise, gratitude, desperation. And we’ve probably prayed for all of these, in different prayers or even in the same one. We pray silently, out loud, through tears and sometimes laughter. God listens to all kinds of prayers, said for all kinds of reasons.
Maybe you don’t need another reason, but this quotation might give you something to think about. It sure struck me as worth consideration. “If you are not praying, then you are quietly confident that time, money and talent are all you need in life” (Paul Miller, A Praying Life).
More than a reason to pray, this is an underlying attitude to a life lived in and for Jesus – surrender of our wills, dying to self and acknowledgment of the sovereignty and supremacy of God. Our time, money and talents all come from him anyway and on our own, aren’t worth much and don’t get us very far. But in the hands of God, they are like the loaf and bit of fish Jesus used to feed the multitudes.