Jeremiah 33:2 Thus saith the Lord the maker thereof, the Lord that formed it, to establish it; the Lord is his name; 3 CALL UNTO ME, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Isaiah 45:11 Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, ASK ME of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
Prayer can open up a life to us we’ve never known before or even thought possible. The kind of life I’m talking about is not a mere existence, survival, or mediocrity but a life of purpose, significance, and satisfaction. God is a God of purpose and and He has an awesome purpose and plan for each of our lives (Eccl. 3:1). Purpose is the reason for our existence or the “why” behind our existence. It is the “original intent” for the creation of a thing by its maker or the makers intended use.
We have a Maker and prayer is having a conversation or fellowship with the Maker of our life. There’s a reason He made us, gifted us the way He did, and set a destination for us to travel toward in our life. If we want to know the purpose of a thing we should never ask other things that were created but rather we should ask the Maker of the thing. People may have an opinion about our life but they aren’t our Maker. We will never be happy living out someone else’s purpose imposed on us. Prayer is asking and talking to the Source of our purpose and Planner of our destiny and He has invited us to ask Him.
If we do not know our destination while traveling then any road or route will do. Once we have a destination we can say “no” to certain roads, or “that’s a detour,” or “that road will delay us.” Once we know our purpose we can stay on course, make course corrections and adjustments, and avoid the wrong roads of life that keep us going in circles never getting anywhere.
When we know our purpose we are able to prioritize our life. We are able to make choices or decide what is best from what is just good. It protects us from trying to do everything, while helping us to say no to certain opportunities, and focus on the most important things. Our time needs given to priorities, doing the right things not just doing things right. There is nothing as useless as doing efficiently what should not be done at all. Most of God’s general purpose for our lives is already plainly revealed in the Word of God but there are also specific things He’s planned for us that can ONLY be known through prayer.