23 Benefits of Prayer: #11 Will Surprise You

By David •  Updated: 01/13/21 •  14 min read

Do you know the benefits of prayer? Why does Jesus ask us to pray without ceasing?

Praying is our concrete force so that we can be living witnesses of the Risen One. The power of prayer is capable of generating countless benefits for those who practice it.

Dialogue with God must take first place for those who decide to have a more intense relationship with God.

Anyone who wants to develop their spiritual life must find enough time to dedicate themselves to prayer daily.

However, praying is not just formulating words or thoughts. It is to be before the God we have chosen and who has chosen us as his favorite home.

We must then learn how to pray according to God’s will for him to answer our prayer.

 How should we pray according to God’s will?

“You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” James 4, 3.

How then should we pray? What should we ask for? According to the Bible, anything we ask in Jesus’ name, we would receive it.

(John 14:13). But maybe we feel that the things we are praying for are not happening, or are not happening fast enough, or are not going the way we hoped. Why is that?

When we cry out to God for help, are we looking for a way out of the situation?

Instead of asking, “My God, please take me out of this situation,” we should ask, “My God, show me the way out of this condition.

He can then show us, for example, our lack of love towards others, our impatience, our jealousy, our tendency to be anxious, or other things that dwell in our nature.

The primary motivation in our prayers should be for God’s will to be fulfilled, first for us, and second in our prayers for others.

13 Proven Benefits of Prayer.

The following are some of the proven benefits we enjoyed when we pray to God

  1. Deepens intimacy and encourages transformation

Prayer helps us grow in intimacy with God and transforms our hearts.

Prayer causes us to internalize the Word of God as we communicate with Him. Because Jesus’ words are Spirit and life, they have the power to transmit life to us as we declare them.

The words that I [Jesus] have spoken to you are Spirit and are life. (John 6.63).

Every time we say what God says, it marks our hearts and transforms us to a small extent because we receive a small transfer of his life.

This progressively renews our minds and sensitizes our hearts.

Imagine a computer programmer who writes many lines of code while developing a computer program.

Spiritually, we are doing something similar to this. We write a line of codes on our hearts every time we declare the Word of God back to Him in prayer.

According to God, everything we say is like a code that we write in our hearts.

This marks our hearts, even though we cannot accurately measure the change in weeks or months. Over the years, the difference within us will be profound.

  1. Renew our faith

Prayer renews our faith as we declare the Word of God back to Him in prayer. S

Saying biblical prayers build our confidence for revival. The very act of praying the Word results in strengthening our faith for the promises we pray.

You will find that your faith will grow stronger and stronger as you develop the practice of declaring the Word back to the Father in Prayer.

  1. The power of prayer will connect us to spirituality.

Another benefit that prayer can bring is the connection with spirituality.

But the habit of praying certainly has a qualitative effect.

That is, the more you pray, the more insights and inspirations you have. The more you pray, the smarter and wiser you get. The more you pray, the more you become perceptible to spiritual reality.

Prayer has the power to leave you in an altered state of consciousness.

That is, it lowers your frequency and brain activity leaving you more Zen, more relaxed, and giving you access to the spiritual side.

The more prayer, the more power; less prayer, less power!

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  1. Increases understanding

Prayer unleashes spiritual revelations (Eph. 1:17). While Daniel persistently prayed, Gabriel visited him and gave him the ability to understand spiritual things.

“Now, while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God.

Yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, [a]being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering.

And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you the skill to understand.

At the beginning of your supplications the [b]command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision.” (Daniel 9:20-23)

Paul prayed that the saints would grow in understanding.

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.

The eyes of your [a]understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1.17:18)

  1. Freedom from Oppression

Praying is a healthy and productive practice. A powerful spiritual weapon in the battles of life. It is an efficient resource to be used by the children of God.

Through it, we connect with the Creator and invite him to be part of our journey, making known our deepest petitions and desires.

To pray is to talk to the one who has the universe in his hands.

He has all the power, strength, wisdom, and authority to help his people continue victoriously amid the journey’s challenges.

It is a true healing balm for the mind. In praying, we find relief for emotions by verbalizing what oppresses us.

  1. Inner Peace

Through prayer, we bring Him to the scene of our daily lives. The Highest is not indifferent to what happens to us.

Quite the contrary, he is attentive to our daily lives, ready to help us in times of pain, anguish, and need.

Praying, we deepen our communion with him, giving him our burdens, experiencing the peace that surpasses all understanding.

We have the unique opportunity to magnify the Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient God, worthy of all glory during these moments.

When praying, we have the privilege to express how much we love and want him, enthroning him in the praises that come from the depths of our hearts.

  1. Joy Unspeakable

Praying helps us experience a deep sense of joy and satisfaction that we can only feel when we pour ourselves out in real and genuine worship.

Prayer brings God to the stage of our existence, recognizing that he makes all the difference in our living.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” James 5: 14-15

When we pray sincerely and authentically, we can feel hope, optimism—the will to live reborn within us.

God is an infinite joy that we discover slowly but definitively. Without fear, we walk in search of the essentials.

We experience a new desire to serve, to evangelize, and forces us to leave the small world of our selfishness.

  1. We overcome Solitude in prayer.

The fear of being alone, abandoned by others, is overcome by prayer. In the certainty of faith, we not only know that God lives in us, but that we live in Him.

Psalm 23 can help us to discover this friendly and empowering presence.

In prayer, we overcome the drama of loneliness in the experience of a God present and friend. It is always in good company with God, who gives us happiness.

  1. Defend us from every spiritual attack

Prayer is the best defense against attacks from the outside world. It is like protection around the still flame that burns in the heart. And what’s more, prayer is a discipline that is critical in helping us maintain a sense of peace and order in our lives.

So much so that prayer or its absence, more than anything else, can decide the result of the day.

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers.

But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (Peter 3:12)

When we pray, we start an uprising against the disorder of the world. That is why we must not limit our spiritual life to a single sphere, and something more than our desires or purposes must constitute our prayers.

Just as Faith without works is spiritual death, praying without working is hypocrisy.

  1. Prayer serves to give us clear and timely direction in times of crisis. 

We must not decide anything before we pray if we want to achieve good results.

It is better to take time to ask God for direction before deciding than to make a wrong decision and ask God to save us from its consequences.

In turn, it prevents us from making the wrong decisions, which could generate severe repercussions in our lives. Through prayer, God shows us what to do, how, and when.

  1. Prayer gives us confidence.

It gives us confidence and brings us peace, eliminating our worries.

Philippians 4: 6-7 says: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Through prayer, we can turn our burdens over to God and wait on him. By doing this, a sense of security, calm, and tranquility overflows our thoughts, making us more productive.

  1. Unleash God’s Power 

Prayer unleashes the power and justice of God as the spiritual atmosphere of cities changes (Luke 18: 8).

When Daniel prayed, angelic activities increased in the spirit world (Dan. 10:12, 13).

There is an irrefutable law that we observe in history: revival is released to a much greater extent when we pray day and night.

“However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17.21)

“Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for, from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come because of your words.

13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.” (Daniel 10.12.13)

  1. Strength to conquer fear

There are moments when it seems that nothing seems to give us peace. Neither outside nor within us.

In these moments, we may have a void inside that only God can fill. And since He does not pass into our hearts if we do not invite Him, we have to ask Him to enter through prayer.

Without an active prayer life, we lose character strength and become easy prey to fear. Without prayer, the constant friction with the people around us and their opinions floods our interior life little by little, until they completely drown it.

14. Prayer helps you develop a relationship with God.

Just like your parents here on earth, your Heavenly Father wants to hear from you and talk to you. When you pray, He listens. Then He answers your prayers in the form of thoughts, spiritual feelings, scripture, or even the actions of other people.

15. Prayer helps you gain an understanding of God’s loving nature.

The scriptures teach, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). You can feel that love as you speak daily with Him through prayer, seeking His guidance in your life.

16. Prayer provides answers.

Praying and listening to the answers God gives you can help you better understand your purpose in life. God will help you understand why you are here and what you can do to return to live with Him after this life.

17. Prayer helps you find direction in your life.

When you privately pray to God, you can work through serious decisions in your life. God always listens and often provides the specific answers and guidance we seek. Even when He chooses not to answer immediately or in the way we might have hoped, prayer itself is a way to find peace.

18. Prayer gives you strength to avoid temptation.

Jesus counseled His disciples, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation” (Matthew 26:41). Through prayer, we can overcome temptations to sin. Pray for God’s help to keep you from making wrong choices. This will give you the strength to do what is right.

19. Prayer aligns your will with God’s will.

The purpose of prayer is not necessarily to tell God how you want Him to do things. Rather, it’s to better understand Him and His ways, bringing yourself into alignment with His will. As C.S. Lewis is often attributed as saying, prayer “doesn’t change God. It changes me.”

20. Prayer and regular fasting can help you accept God’s will.

Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights before He began His ministry on the earth. As He did this, He communed with His Father in Heaven in prayer. Likewise, if you pray and fast, you can feel closer to God and better understand the things He wants you to do.

21. Prayer can work miracles.

Throughout the scriptures, we see many examples of the Lord working miracles as an answer to prayer. In Old Testament times, the prophet Daniel was thrown into a lions’ den because he refused to stop praying. When he prayed to God in the lions’ den, angels appeared and closed the mouths of the lions. Through daily prayer, you can also experience personal miracles such as healing, peace, and forgiveness for sins.

22. Prayer invites the Holy Spirit into your life.

As you pray daily, you invite the Holy Spirit to be with you and to comfort and direct you. The Holy Spirit can give you answers, help you feel God’s love, and bring feelings of peace and joy into your heart.

23. Prayer helps you become more like Jesus.

Jesus set the perfect example of prayer. If you try to follow His example through prayer, you will become more like Him and develop a better relationship with Him and Heavenly Father.

Have you prayed today?

How about taking the time right now to talk to God and share your struggles, difficulties, and frustrations with Him?

Why don’t you invite him to fight with you, helping you win the battles against the enemy and the temptations that try to assault you along the way? Why don’t you offer him praise and honor, giving him his whole being?

Do this, and you will see how beneficial the prayer will be for you. Just open your lips, express yourself in front of the one who knows and sees everything.

He is willing to reach out to you and reveal himself as everything you need in your life! Come on, put yourself in prayer before the Lord, and see how wonderful our Heavenly Father is!


Is an Ordained Minister and Life Coach. He is an ordained minister since 1988. Shortly after receiving Jesus as his personal savior, he answered the call to ministry.