5 Great Reasons to Pray Every Day

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We need to be praying every day, but here are 5 great reasons to pray every day.

Spiritual Warfare

We need to be praying every day, but here are 5 great reasons to pray to pray every day.. John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress said, “Prayer is a shield to the soul” and I think he makes a great point, so reason number one to pray every day: The Apostle Paul probably dealt with more spiritual attacks every day than we ever will, and perhaps this is why he says we must “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” because “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:10-11). Since this is a spiritual battle, we must be “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” (Eph 6:18). We cannot get through unscathed in this spiritual battle, but we can enter it well prepared…and fully equipped. Satan doesn’t bother with those who make no difference…but for us who share Christ, we need that armor.

Spiritual Maturity

Christians are commanded to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet 3:18). The author of Hebrews tells us to “leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God (Heb 6:1). This means we are to be growing. What is not growing is dying, and we are being sanctified day by day by God’s Word and through His Spirit. This clearly means we are to grow up into the image of Christ into spiritual maturity. It does take a lot of time…in fact, a lifetime. This sanctification process ends only with our death or at Christ’s arrival. Never be satisfied you know enough. In no way could we ever exhaust the Bible. We must increase in the knowledge of Him so that we might know Him better.

Spiritual Help

If you did a simple word search for the word “help” in the Bible, you would find that it appears over 200 times, but one quarter of those “help” verses are found in the Book of Psalms (58 times). You are three times more likely to read the word “help” (to God) in the Psalms than in any other book of the Bible, so when you need help…go to the One Who hears and answers our prayers. Maybe it was because David was in so much trouble in life that he wrote about needing the Lord’s help so often. His advice is that “the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless” (Psalm 10:14), so if you need spiritual help, take a journey through the chapters in the Book of Psalms. And I believe Psalm 18 will be a great “help” to you and a fine starting point on the subject of “help.”

Spiritual Strength

Spiritual Attacks Putting on the Armor of God

God “gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29).

Of ourselves, we are weak and frail, at least spiritually speaking, but thankfully, God “gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29). Ever felt faint-hearted? Remember the peace the Apostle Paul had in the last letter he would ever write; just before his death? His strength didn’t come from the self-help section in the library. Rather, Paul said that “the Lord stood by me and strengthened me” (2 Tim 4:17). Jesus reminds us to not rely upon ourselves but upon Him. The Lord says, “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5), and nothing is not a little “something!” Paul writes, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13), so we must realize we can’t do anything without Christ strengthening us and it is only through Christ that we can do anything. Once again, we can do nothing without Him (John 15:5); but anything through Him (Phil 4:13). Quite simple, isn’t it?

Spiritual Healing

Only God’s Spirit can bring spiritual healing and eternal life, however, this is fully a work of God. This gives us no right to brag about it (Eph 2:8-9). It is a gift from God. Did you or I ever do anything to cause our birth? We are born from above by an act of God, not of man (John 1:12-13, 3:3-7). Before we were saved, Paul writes, “you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Eph 2:1-2), but now God has “made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” (Eph 2:5). We were deader than 4-days-dead Lazarus. Jesus didn’t ask Lazarus, “Okay, Lazarus…you blink an eye and I’ll do the rest.” Lazarus had zero chance of raising himself from the dead, but God helped Lazarus…which is just what Lazarus’ name means (Hebrew: Elʿāzār, “God has helped”). Amen to that Lazarus.


If we are not praying every day, we won’t be prepared for the spiritual warfare of the day, and we won’t reach spiritual maturity, we won’t find the spiritual help we need or the spiritual strength to go on, so allow God to bring healing into your life, despite all the hurts. The spiritual healing can come by reading the Word of God. There is real, awesome power in the Word.

These are vital reasons we must pray every day, but a huge prayer right now for me is that you have put your trust in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My friend, if you’re not saved, you are in mortal and spiritual danger of hell fire. You are one breath, one heartbeat…one accident away from eternity when it will be too late to repent. Today is the best time to believe (2 Cor 6:2) because tomorrow is not guaranteed to us. If Jesus Christ came today, read about your fate (Matt 7:21-23). This is the very reason why I plead with you to repent today and put your trust in Jesus Christ. If not, you will face God’s judgment after death (Heb 9:27) or at Jesus Christ’s appearance (Rev 20:12-15), whatever comes first. And…He could come at any moment.

Here is some related reading for you: What Does the Bible Say About Spiritual Warfare?

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), Crossway Bibles. (2007). ESV: Study Bible: English standard version. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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