Billy Graham: Look on prayer as a privilege, not a burden

September 29, 2012 

Q: How often should I pray? I try to pray every day, and I know I ought to, but sometimes I don't get around to it because I'm preoccupied with other things. Maybe that's wrong, but it's the way I am. -- P.L.B.

A: One of the Bible's greatest truths is that God not only exists, but He actually wants to have a personal relationship with us. And prayer is one of the ways He's given us to strengthen that relationship.

In other words, don't look on prayer as a burden or obligation; instead, look on it as a privilege. Just imagine: The God who created the whole universe wants to welcome you into His presence -- and that is exactly what happens when we pray! If Jesus felt the need to pray, how much more should we.

Remember: Prayer is possible because God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to tear down the barrier that exists between us and God -- a barrier caused by our sin.

Because of Christ's death and resurrection for us, the Bible says, "we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand" (Romans 5:2).

Set aside time to pray every day -- but in addition, learn to pray throughout the day, thanking God for the good things He brings into your life.

Pray also when you (and others you know) are facing problems or decisions, for you need His help. The Bible says, "In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6).

Send your queries to "My Answer," c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 877-2-GRAHAM.

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