What is Prayer
by Matt Slick

Prayer is the practice of the presence of God.  It is the place where pride is abandoned, hope is lifted, and supplication is made.  Prayer is the place of admitting our need, of adopting humility, and claiming dependence upon God.  Prayer is the needful practice of the Christian.  Prayer is the exercise of faith and hope.  Prayer is the privilege of touching the heart of the Father through the Son of God, Jesus our Lord.

The Bible speaks much of prayer.  But, sometimes, too often, we ignore prayer and seek to accomplish in the strength of our own wills those things that we desire to have or happen.  For those of us who are too often guilty of this, we need to bow our knees, confess our sin, receive God’s forgiveness, and beg that the will of the Lord be done above our own.  God is sovereign and loving and He knows what is best for us and others, even if it doesn’t always seem to make the most sense.

We so often come to the Lord with legitimate requests for healing, conversions, and needs and yet the answers we hope for often do not come.  We wonder and sometimes doubt.  Yet, we persevere and praise God.  We pray because we know that God hears us and because we desire to see results.  We should pray by faith, trusting God.  We should pray consistently, trusting God.  We should pray for healing, trusting God.  We should pray for others, trusting God.  We should pray and when our prayers are answered or are not answered remember this:  If we knew what the Lord knew, we wouldn’t change a thing.

Prayer changes the one praying because in prayer, you are in the presence of God as you lay before Him your complete self in confession and dependence.  There is nothing to hide when in quiet supplication we are reaching into the deepest part of ourselves and admitting our needs and failures.  In so doing, our hearts are quieted and pride is stripped and we enjoy the presence of God.  James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

There is another benefit of prayer:  peace.  “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 comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” (Phil. 4:6-7).

I suppose that we can test our prayer life and dependence upon God by the peace or lack of peace in our hearts.  In all things we are to seek the Lord and in His continued presence.  Peace will surely be our gain.

Prayer is the practice of the presence of God.

    Have you struggled with prayer? Does prayer seem like an exercise in eloquent speech that you just don’t possess?

    Prayer is not a mysterious practice reserved only for clergy and the religiously devout. Prayer is simply communicating with God—listening and talking to him. Believers can pray from the heart, freely, spontaneously, and in their own words. If prayer is a difficult area for you, learn these basics principles of prayer and how to apply them in your life.

    What Does the Bible Have to Say About Prayer?

    The Bible has a lot to say about prayer. The first mention of prayer is found in Genesis, chapter 4.

    Genesis 4:26   And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the LORD. (NKJV)

    What is the Correct Posture for Prayer?

    There is no correct or certain posture for prayer. In the Bible people prayed on their knees (1 Kings 8:54), bowing (Exodus 4:31), on their faces before God (2 Chronicles 20:18; Matthew 26:39), and standing (1 Kings 8:22). You may pray with your eyes opened or closed, quietly or out loud—however you are most comfortable and least distracted.

    Should I Use Eloquent Words?

    Your prayers need not be wordy or impressive in speech.

    Matthew 6:7   “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again.” (NLT)

    Ecclesiastes 5:2   Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. (NIV)

    Why Should I Pray?

    Prayer Develops Our Relationship with God.
    If we never speak to our spouse or never listen to anything our spouse might have to say to us, our marriage relationship will quickly deteriorate. It is the same way with God. Prayer—communicating with God—helps us grow closer and more intimately connected with God.

    Zechariah 13:9  I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure, just as gold and silver are refined and purified by fire. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘These are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’ “ (NLT)

    John 15:7   But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted! (NLT)

    The Lord Instructed Us to Pray.
    One of the simplest reasons to spend time in prayer is because the Lord instructed us to pray. Obedience is a natural by-product of discipleship.

    Matthew 26:41   “Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!” (NLT)

    Luke 18:1   Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (NIV)

    Ephesians 6:18   And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (NIV)

    (See also – Matthew 7:7 and 1 Timothy 2:8)

    What If I Don’t Know How to Pray?

    The Holy Spirit will help you in prayer when you don’t know how to pray.

    Romans 8:26-27   In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. (NIV)

    Prayer Ideas

    Prayer Ideas

    God, grant me the serenity
    To accept the things I cannot change,
    Courage to change the things I can,
    And wisdom to know the difference.

    Living one day at a time,
    Enjoying one moment at a time,
    Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace,
    Taking, as Jesus did,
    This sinful world as it is,
    Not as I would have it,
    Trusting that you will make all things right,
    If I surrender to your will,
    So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
    And supremely happy with you
    Forever in the next.
    Amen.

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