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. A video on how to pray can be found below.
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.
Talk to God in 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 recognising God’s nature as HOLY and separate from us.
We should start by praising God and giving Him all glory and honour 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 recognise that it is only God who can deliver us from the evil one 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.
Prayer is our lifeline to God and one another
The Lord promises that where two or three are gathered in prayer, He will draw near (Matthew 18:20). Why? Because He is always listening to what we say and do, longing to have a closer walk with us if we only take the time to deepen our relationship with Him.
That’s not to say He doesn’t listen to individual prayers because He certainly does! It’s just that the more people are gathered in prayer, the more we are able to strengthen one another while being granted wisdom from God in dealing with our struggles, which builds our faith.
God never meant for us to do life alone, which is why He created us as social beings. When we lock ourselves away, refrain from human contact, and shut others out (including their assistance as an answer to prayer!), we fall victim to Satan’s lies.
Instead, God wants us to depend on Him, and part of that dependence is in allowing ourselves to be open to relationships with others in more ways than one.
We also can’t hope to truly love our enemies if we can’t even fully love those whom we claim to love if we don’t trust them, either. That’s, in essence, depriving others from being blessed by God because we aren’t willing to share our burdens with them.
Sharing burdens is part of how we express our faith (see Galatians 6:1-6). It helps us fulfill Christ’s law. The other part of expressing our faith among others is in putting on the armour of God, which is what we need to face the ultimate enemy.
You can’t fight spiritual forces without having spiritual weapons. The weapons we have in our arsenal are truth, righteousness, readiness, faith, salvation, and the Gospel (Ephesians 6:10-19) – all obtained when we pray.
Prayer is fighting with Spiritual Weaponry
Praying for those who persecute, mistreat, misunderstand, or ridicule us, takes the focus off of ourselves and our hurt, and gives it to Jesus to handle.
There is not a person on this Earth we can fully control, not even our own selves. Only the Lord can do that. Prayer is how we acknowledge His ability to change that which we cannot, and in so doing, we trust Him with the outcome.
By praying, we prove the truth about Christ Jesus. The Gospel points us to Jesus, who came to Earth, conquered death, and reclaimed us for eternity. That belief in our salvation builds our faith, and by obtaining a measure of His righteousness in following all that He commands, we have the readiness we need to keep fighting.
It helps to keep in mind that many times when people wrong us it has to do with their insecurities based on Satan’s lies, which they mistakenly believe.
They dislike, hate, or disagree because they feel threatened by differences, and seek to glorify themselves, rather than God. When you look at it that way, you can’t help but feel pity toward them.
It’s our opportunity to give glory to God by loving them, instead of giving in to responding in kind to their offence. In so doing, we heap coals (of guilt) upon their heads (Proverbs 25:22), and may plant seeds of change in their minds so that they are eventually convicted to give glory to God.
It may mean they apologise or change their behaviour, or it may not. Either way, when we do our part, God does His.
The startling discovery we begin to see by relentlessly giving situations up to God in prayer actually changes us. We become stronger, more capable, and less bothered about what happened because we are able to look at things from the standpoint of what benefits our relationship with God and giving glory to Him by how we live.
It’s something Satan doesn’t like us to acknowledge and knows that if more people refuse to believe his lies, the fewer “enemies” we will have.
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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