Enjoying a quite and peaceful morning here in my backyard. This morning my thoughts go to Prayer; when to pray, the reason to pray, the meaning of prayer and how to pray.
As I think about Prayer and what it means to me I realize how it mixes with both the spiritual and physical. True Prayer comes from the heart.
Out of the needs of life we reach out to God through Prayer, out of thankfulness we communicate to our Heavenly Father and sometimes out of fear we reach out to Him.
What is interesting is that prayer is formulated in our thoughts, mind, heart and spirit. So many times we respond in Prayer with hands lifted up, or our heads and eyes bowed, and times of hands, head and eyes lifted up. Many times we will kneel and pray. There is no certain way to prayer, simply, as the spirit leads, we are to pray this is a fact.
There are times we pray with praise, worship and respond to God in a dance, for the joy of the Lord is our strength. God inhabits those that love and praise Him. He created us to give Him adoration in our prayer through our physical bodies. I believe God is pleased when we use our whole body to praise Him. When it comes from the heart it becomes as beautiful incense to God.
Since Prayer is comminication to God through our body, comprising of the mind, spirit and soul; we will use the whole body to pray; for true prayer comes from the heart of praise, worship which consists using both the spiritual and physical part of our being. In Psalm we read, with my whole being I will praise thee.
The Bible states with my spirit will I pray to thee but also with my mind will I praise thee. There are times we don’t know how to pray and this is where the Holy Spirit will intercede on our behalf. The spirit filled beliver will pray in the spirit and many times come out of prayer with a newness and an answer to what they are asking for.
Praise God, for He has given the believer all the tools to live a life of obedience, holiness and purity. In Christ we live, move and have our being.
The Lords Prayer as stated in Luke chapter 11. Jesus was asked by one of His disciples to teach them how to pray.
As in this “model prayer” known as, “The Lord’s Prayer”, we can see somewhat of a blueprint or example taught by Jesus. Remember, prayer is always to be from the heart and not a repetition or a particular set of words put together in a repetitive way.
Let me first say, Prayer is simply, communication to God, our Father; to be given in all things and for all things. In other words, prayer is to be ever going, never creasing.
Jesus did not necessarily prayer exactly these exact words for He stated to the Disciples to pray in this manner, or you might say; pray in “like manner”. It was not meant to mean to pray in the same words but was to be in or as in the same spirit. We are to use our own words from our heart. Again, this was only a manner in which we are to pray, not necessarily the same words to pray.
Words prayed should start with giving honor to our Heavenly Father, God, that of praise, thanksgiving and worship. Lead into asking God to have His way on earth as in heaven. Next begin to ask for forgiveness of your sins; and to forgive others that have wronged or hurt you. We than proceed to ask for His protection over evil and not to lead us into temptations.
What is it that you are in need of? Ask in faith, believe and let God, trust God for the answer. End the prayer with giving glory to your Heavenly Father, through Christ Jesus.
Let me share a blueprint for prayer, in which I see as revealed in “the Lord’s Prayer”; again, prayer is to be from the heart to God our Heavenly Father. This pattern you might say, can be remember in the word ACTS, or broken down from the very letters, A.C.T.S.
A. for adoration, give God praise.
C. for confession, confess your sins.
T. for thanksgiving, thank Him for what He has just done, cleansed, washed away all your confessed sin. Repentance is a good thing for without repentance there is NO FORGIVENESS, but through repenting, our Lord and Savior hears our cries, and meets our need. Oh…how precious is the blood of Jesus that washes away our sins…and through Jesus we have access to our Heavenly Father, God.
S. for supplication, that of asking. NOW, this is where I see you might say, the rubber meets the road. Because we/ I am made the righteous in Christ Jesus I can come boldly to the throne room of God. When I pray I see my self walking into the very throne room of God…ask in faith believing that what you have asked for will come about…
As the Bible states, “the prayer of the righteous availtheth much”. The Word of God given to man is more precious than Gold…
What is it you are in need of? …God is waiting for you to come to the throne of grace in faith…”ask, seek and knock” and you will find…prayer is the way to GOD’S HEART, when spoken from your heart, your spirit leaps inside knowing our Father cares about His children!
Throughout the Gospels Jesus taught other truths on prayer and gave us examples of what prayer is to be. Let’s look at a few.
Prayer should be “believing prayer” as stated in Ma. 21:22. Do you really believe what you pray? Are you asking in faith, what God’s Word says you can have? There are many promises in His Word that is yours and you can receive, begin to ask, believe by faith you have them. Find the promise, pray the promise in faith over qnd in your life.
Prayer should be “watchful prayer” as stated in Ma. 26:41. Prayer must always be prayed as God’s will and not our will. Do not allow our own selfishness get in the way of God’s will. None of me but all of Him. Many times during prayer the Holy Spirit will pray within us and release the very answer to us during prayer.
Prayer should be “persistant prayer” as stated in Luke 18:1. Prayer is to be “pray without ceasing”. In other words, never give up, pray until something happens.
Prayer should be “Christ-centered prayer” as stated in Jo 14:14. Prayer is to be “in Jesus name” or you might say ” as His agent”. As a believer we become “His agent”. Yes, it all has been accomplished through the blood of Christ Jesus. When we believe and receive Christ as our Savior and Lord; God iur Father is in us, Jesus our Savior is in us and the Holy Spirit is in us and working good things in and through us. We truly are to be the vessel, conduit and “agent” of the most Holy, Almighty, All Powerful, All Caring, All Knowing God Lord and Savior, living inside of every believer.
Prayer should be “Bible-centered prayer” as stated in Jo 15:7. For prayer to be sucessful, you must “abide in Christ” remain or continue “in the Vine”, the Word, which means adhering to and obeying the very truth of the Gospel.
Prayer should be “compassionate prayer” as stated in Ma 9:38. We are to intercede for the lost. There will be times when God places on our heart that of interceding prayer for our lost family and friends.
Prayer should be “submissive prayer” as stated in Luke 22:42. Prayer should point to the Father’s will and not our will…again, not my will but God’s will in all things. As we read and study the scriptures, we will see many times, His will and pray His will. There will be times when the Holy Spirit will pray through us the very will of the Father.
Prayer should be “meaningful prayer” as stated in Ma 6:7. Prayer is to be from the heart and not speaking vain repetition words.
In conclusion, Prayer should always be directed to our Heavenly Father, God.
Prayer should always be from the heart.
Prayer should include or conclude in the precious name of Jesus, giving honor, as “His agent” for He is the great intercessor between man and God. In other words, through Jesus we have access to God.
With this all said, Prayer is simply, communication to God, our Father. Prayer is never to be a chore. When Prayer is from the heart it becomes a blessing and honor to take our needs to God who is waiting to hear from His children.
May we spend time in daily communication (in Prayer) to and with our Heavenly Father. Our Heavenly Father is waiting and expecting to hear from us. He longs to hear from His children.
“We have not because we ask not” and ” Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” James 4:3.
Let’s spend some time today, talking to our Heavenly Father.
As always, love in Christ Jesus,