I’ve previously covered some aspects of prayer and will continue to do so, because prayer is our connection with our great and magnificent God. I can study how to pray, where to pray, what to pray and when to pray; but what about the “why” of prayer? After all, God is big and I am little.
For starters, that’s a good reason right there—we desperately need Him and His “bigness” to fight our battles. But do you sometimes feel a bit dwarfed by that bigness? Does what “little” you say matter to that big God? Has God left the building, so to speak?
As I ponder these things, I keep being drawn back to Jesus. Jesus, one with “big God”, became “little”, just like us. What a picture for us to grasp! Jesus loved us enough to come out of the bigness, go into smallness and insignificance with us, to show God’s immense love for us. Jesus not only entered “smallness”, He suffered and died in it so we could be restored back to God; a God, who wants us, cherishes us and desires friendship with us.
Jesus, who is "big God", experienced all the problems of smallness that we do: vulnerability, rejection, physical hardship, lack, etc. And what was His response to it all? Jesus’ response to it all was always prayer.
He, being a part of the “big”, understood the vastness and power of God and knew how valued mankind is to Him. So when we are confused as to the “why” of prayer; may the simplicity of the fact that Jesus’ response to all things was prayer, give us pause to understand the answer to the question, “why pray?”…because Jesus did! Endure the fire…it’s producing pure gold!