In today’s world, prayer is not considered an important part of ones everyday life. To many prayer is something done only when in want of something. But the Bible teaches to “pray continually” yes, without ceasing; which includes times of getting alone with God. Everything is to be done with a prayerful state of mind.
In the beginning of this letter let’s speak about, what is successful Praying? Prayer is action in process. By this I mean prayer from the heart will release your faith when praying God’s will (His Word). Why Pray? Prayer puts us in touch with God. Our foremost reason to pray should be that of communing with God. Listed below are a few other secondary reasons to pray.
- We pray for healing.
- We pray to be comforted.
- We pray to be free from our carnal nature, such as; jealousy, anger, temptation, bitterness.
- We pray specifically for others, that they will be healed, comforted, or freed from sins. (Intercessory prayer)
- We pray because we are afraid, lonely, & confused.
- We pray because we are filled with despair
- We pray because we are filled with joy
- We pray because we are thankful…
…The list why we pray can go on and on….
What is Prayer?
- Prayer is much more than a person kneeling, hands clasped, eyes shut, and mouth moving.
- Prayer is a petition (a Plea) of thankfulness, of praise, for forgiveness, a request for answers.
- Prayer is a desire for companionship, comfort, change, reassurance, help, and relief.
- Prayer is making a petition, communion with God.
Answered Prayer comes from a fervent request expecting an answer of the thing requested. Put another way, Prayer involves a desire to commune with God, a willingness to commune; sitting, standing, kneeling; finding a comfortable way to make that happen.
True prayer is divided into four parts:
We speak…God listens,
God speaks…We listen.
Training to listen for God’s voice takes time and brings rewarding results, the answer. Throughout the day be in a prayerful state, that of trust, love and reverence, knowing that God will and is bringing an answer. When God speaks (which so many times is in that small still voice) we must be willing to be obedient to that voice, then we will see results,
An example of this was when Jesus asked the question of Saul in the New Testament, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Jesus did not ask again, but told Saul to go into the city and await further instructions. Saul’s obedience brought about a radical change in his career and life under the name of Paul. Jesus has promised that if you knock on God’s door in prayer, it will be opened. Be patient and willing to do what He says. Again let me say prayer is made up of both speaking and listening.
Let’s take a look at 4 forms of Prayer. Prayer can be found in one or more of these forms. These four forms spell out “ACTS”
1) Prayers of ADORATION (praise)
2) Prayers of CONFESSION (calls for sorrow; asking for forgiveness through repentance for what you might have done, challenge you to do better, and relieve your conscience of the guilt you may feel for lapses in your life, lifting the weight of sorrow replacing it by the lightness of God’s mercy).
3) Prayers of THANKSGIVING, (offering God thanks, surrendering to God in worship for the good things he has done, showing gratitude out of your heart for being a loved member of God’s creation).
4) Prayers of SUPPLICATION (is made up of two things, petitioning on your own behalf or intercession on the behalf of others –an opportunity of asking God for what you want).
When we see bad things happening to good people we have a tendency to question God. Could it be what you see as bad; being God’s way of opening you to a deeper relationship with God? We must always remember that God is the source of all hope as stated in:
- Psalms 42:11 (NLT) “Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!”
- Another version (NRSV) says it is way, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.”
God is your hope, your strength and in Him you must trust! Be persistent in your praying no matter how long it takes. It’s not necessarily how long you pray but how persistently you pray. Prayer from the depths of your heart is the prayer that never gives up. Prayer is conversation with God; that of telling him about your life; than expect an answer; listen for God, He will speak.
A very important aspect in seeing your answer to prayer is to look for God in every experience. As a spirit-filled believer you are guided by his Spirit, so it is very important to be aware of the Spirit guiding you and follow His leading, whatever that may be.
It may come from words of a trusted friend, a scripture passage you are reading, or simply from a feeling that grows from deep within your heart. God gives “peace that surpasses all understanding”. God is a God of love and He answers your prayer because He loves you. He knows you better than you know yourself.
Love must be in everything you do, just as it is in all that God does. Song of Solomon speaks of a love that cannot be quenched.
- Song of Solomon 8:6 – 7 (NRSV) “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If one offered for love all the wealth of one’s house, it would be utterly scorned.”
This is the kind of love, Jesus has for all of us and we need to have this kind of love for all mankind. Here are 3 steps to keep in mind about our relationship to God and with others.
Step 1. Live your love for Christ and express it by loving each other.
Step 2. Reaffirm your faith by praying daily, read scripture daily and apply it, worship regularly, and consistently offer services to others.
Step 3. Talk the talk, walk the walk…daily pray for strength to be able to accomplish that goal. Just as with our friendship with God we need to apply these steps in our daily living with others: daily prayer, daily talks, and absolute trust and responsiveness.
Jesus Christ is Lord of our life. He died “that we may have life and life more abundantly”. Be faithful to God and His Word. God is truly a loving God, merciful and gracious. He forgives those that forgives others and blesses those that bless others.
God’s Word must be a part of our everyday life, not in Word only but in action; that of applying His Word in all we do and say. God is willing and ready to answer our prayers. Are you applying His Word and willing to do what He speaks to you through His Spirit in your everyday living?
Truly happiness and joy will abound as we go forward in Christ.
Love in Christ Jesus,