Why do we pray Lutheran?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

As a Lutheran, we pray for several reasons. First and foremost, we pray because we believe in the power and importance of communication with God. Prayer is a way for us to connect with our Heavenly Father, to express our gratitude, seek guidance, ask for forgiveness, and bring our needs and concerns before Him.

One of the key aspects of Lutheran theology is the belief in the priesthood of all believers. This means that every Christian has direct access to God and can approach Him in prayer without the need for an intermediary. We believe that through Jesus Christ, we have been given the privilege to boldly approach the throne of grace and bring our requests before God.

Prayer is not just a one-way communication, but a means of building a relationship with God. In our prayers, we not only speak to God but also listen to His voice through the reading and meditation on His Word, the Bible. Through prayer, we seek to align our will with God’s will and open ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Another reason why we pray as Lutherans is because prayer is an expression of our faith. It is an acknowledgment of our dependence on God and our trust in His providence. We believe that God is not only our Creator but also our Sustainer and Provider. In prayer, we express our reliance on Him for all our needs, both spiritual and physical.

Prayer is also a way for us to intercede for others. As Christians, we are called to love and care for one another. Through prayer, we can lift up the needs of others, intercede on their behalf, and ask for God’s intervention in their lives. We believe in the power of prayer to bring about healing, comfort, and transformation in the lives of those we pray for.

In the Lutheran tradition, we also value the use of written prayers, such as the Lord’s Prayer and other traditional prayers. These prayers provide a structure and guide for our own personal prayers, helping us to focus and articulate our thoughts and desires before God. They also connect us to the broader body of believers throughout history who have prayed these same prayers.

Additionally, as Lutherans, we emphasize the importance of corporate prayer. Coming together as a community of believers to pray strengthens our unity and reminds us that we are not alone in our faith journey. In corporate prayer, we join our voices and hearts together, lifting up our praises and petitions as one body.

We pray as Lutherans because we believe in the power of prayer to connect us with God, build our faith, intercede for others, and express our dependence on God. Prayer is an essential aspect of our relationship with God and plays a vital role in our individual and corporate spiritual lives.