What is prayer, and what power does it have? In layman’s terms prayer is simply talking to God about your life, your worries and asking him for help, grace, blessings, strength, and guidance.
We interact with so many people on a daily basis. People at work, our friends, family, we converse all through the day. So why not take some time to have a conversation with the creator of our universe?
From the bottom of my heart, I can say that God delights to have a conversation with you. He wants to talk to you; He wants to comfort you; He wants to engage with you and be a part of your life if you let him.
Sin coming between you and talking with God? This is one of the main reasons people don’t pray. They feel God is angry with them and they feel guilty approaching God. This is understandable, as many of us wouldn’t even dare talk to someone we have sinned against, let alone the LORD.
But the Bible says, that if we confess our sins before the Lord, repent and seek forgiveness, God is faithful and will forgive us of all our sins and reconcile us to Himself. God sent his ONLY son Jesus to die for our sins so that we now can have fellowship with God and talk to him through His son Jesus Christ. We are all sinners, but God is merciful and forgiving to those who confess their sins and repent.
The power of prayer
Now that we have access to the throne of God, through Jesus Christ, let us come to God with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. Talk to our perfect father for all your daily needs. Worship Him, praise Him, adore Him, love Him, obey Him, delight in Him.
Pray in times of trouble, temptation, anxiety, stress, and hardship. Pray also in times of joy, happiness, peace, and prosperity. Jesus said to pray to God our father, but you can also pray to Jesus and the Holy Spirit as they are ONE. God is ONE, who eternally exists as three distinct Persons — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Prayer has power, as you are talking to the LORD GOD of the universe, who has all things under His control. Prayer has power, to heal you of your sickness, to strengthen you in times of temptation, to help you overcome evil and give you peace of mind. It is your secret weapon against the devil and can move mountains.
Many Christians ask the question – How to pray? or what to say when you pray? Praying doesn’t have to be difficult. There is no magic formula for praying. You don’t have to follow certain rules or be repetitive. Just talk to God from your heart, be sincere, truthful, humble, and open your heart and mind to His voice.
Jesus taught us how to pray.
Jesus starts by praising our Father who is in heaven (a place of perfect purity, God’s throne, His dwelling place) addressing Him and magnifying His name.
Jesus taught us to address Him as our Father. When we say “Hallowed be thy name”, we are recognizing God’s nature as HOLY and separate from us.
We should start by praising God and giving Him all glory and honor and thanks before we ask for mercy and grace.
Secondly, we should pray for God’s kingdom to come. Jesus said the kingdom of God is at hand.
Thirdly, we should pray for God’s will to be done on earth and in our lives, as in heaven. We should surrender our wills to God and make His will ours.
Now we can ask God for all our daily needs. Whatever they may be. Mental, physical and spiritual.
Next, we ask God to forgive us for all our sins and cancel our debts. Note – “as we forgive others”. We should forgive all others who have offended us before we ask God to forgive us.
Next, we should ask God to lead us not into trials and temptations that we cannot bear.
Lastly, we should recognize that it is only God who can deliver us from evil and we should ask Him for protection and depend on Him always.
The Bible says – Pray with ceasing at all times. Pray in good times and bad times. Pray for your marriage, health, family, business and career. The Bible also says to make peace and forgive others before you come to God with prayer and petition.
Don’t ever underestimate the power of prayer. God delights in our prayers; He listens and answers prayer. Sometimes His answer is yes, sometimes wait, sometimes no, but He always answers them. So make time daily to pray, find a place where no one will disturb you, talk to God and watch Him move in your life.
So go ahead and have a conversation with your eternal loving father. And don’t forget to read His best-selling book – The Holy Bible.
Watch our short video version on How to pray to god? and Does prayer have power?
All about prayer is a wonderful resource for further reading.
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