Prayer changes us. It influences who we are and shapes who we are becoming. An action of love and devotion connects us with God. If you are a follower of Christ, you are admonished to pray at all times. When things are good, pray. When things are bad, pray. When you are not quite sure how or what to pray, pray anyway. There are few instructions that are simpler than that. Prayer should be a major practice of the disciplined life of a follower of Christ.
There are approximately 650 prayers listed in the Old and New Testaments, and over 400 answers to prayer recorded. There are additionally nine different types of prayer listed in scripture: Prayer of thankfulness, supplications, prayer of faith, corporate prayer, praying in the Spirit, prayer of dedication, prayer of worship, intercession, and confession. Paul’s instruction for us to pray without ceasing is because prayer can be for anytime and occasion as an outpouring of our heart to God.
Jesus’s devotion to prayer is an example for us to follow