Last week, I happened upon a little book called, Certain Peace in Uncertain Times by Shirley Dobson. And in it, she mentions that not only does God receive pleasure when we pray (Proverbs 15: 8; John 4: 23), but “the pleasure is also ours” (2002).
Prayer “generates a deeply satisfying joy”. In fact, prayer is linked very closely to joy. Why is that?
And what are the benefits of prayer? Prayer can be…
• An expression of gratitude.
• A means to awaken joy
• A tool that cements fellowship and camaraderie with all people
The writers of the New Testament have a lot to say on prayer.
I thank my God for you every time I think of you; and every time I pray for you all, I pray with joy. Philippians 1: 3-4
Now we can give thanks to our God for you. We thank him for the joy we have in his presence because of you. 1 Thessalonians 3:9
Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy… Philippians 1: 2-4
Always be joyful and never stop praying 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-17
I am praying that you will be awakened to the living, God. May God bless you with His favor, as you pray.