Prayer is talking to God. Prayer is a communication between man and God, prayer is asking God to intervene in the affairs of man in a given situation on the basis of His word and our relationship with God. The Bible in (Luke 18:1B KJV) reminds us of the importance of prayer “… man ought always to pray and not to faint” Prayer is an exercise that should be carried out by every believer, although some miss the point because they have grown up to think that prayer is a mere religious act that is carried out just for the sake of praying.
We just don’t pray because our Lord Jesus said we should, there is more to prayer than just talking to God. Prayer is a fellowship, yes, we also need to understand that when we pray we penetrate the presence of God which strengthens our relationship with Him. Through prayer we can bring the word of God to pass in our lives, we can change things in our lives, our surroundings, our destinies and even in the lives of other people and so much more!
A lot of believers pray and among the number that pray , many don’t get answers to their prayers, this keeps us wondering. Now, from the word we see that our Lord Jesus Christ was a man of principles, so also was he a man of prayer. There are basic principles to follow in prayer that’s probably the reason why a lot of us feel our prayers don’t get answered…we are praying the wrong way! Jesus in Matthew 6:9 showed us a guideline to follow in prayer. “…our father, which art in heaven. Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread…”
We begin prayer by worshipping and praising God and then go forward to pray for His kingdom which is already on earth.
Praying in the name of Jesus;
“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name; ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the father for you.” John 16:24, 26 KJV
In John 16:24-26 Jesus lets us that we are to pray to the father in his name, that is we pray to God in the name of Jesus and not pray to God the father through the name of Jesus or pray to Jesus in the name of Jesus. As children of God who have already come to God through Christ, we have become part of Gods kingdom and are seated together with Christ in heavenly places, because we know and love God as He knows and loves us, Jesus does not need to intervene for us on His behalf. We have been granted the power to pray in the name of Jesus!
Heartfelt prayers are very important whether we are reciting prayers from a prayer book or not. God did not teach us to say our prayers but He commands us to pray.
“If my people, which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” 2 Chronicles 7:14
We need to know God as our father and our friend, we need to know Him as someone who can be trusted and is closer than a friend. We need to know Him on a personal level. It’s just like this life instance, the way you communicate with a very close friend is different from the way you would communicate with a colleague or a formal acquaintance. Establishing such a relationship with God entails us talking to Him from our hearts.
Changing things through prayer;
“verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of a mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” Matthew 17:20 KJV
Faith is a vital key in prayer, with faith impossibilities become possible. Faith is believing. The question is do you believe what Gods word says about you and your current circumstance? If yes, then put your faith to work in prayer and anything shall be POSSIBLE!
“…if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” Mark 9:23
Power in the name of Jesus;
“Wherefore God hath highly exalted Him and given him a name which is above every other name. that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, things in earth and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father” Philippians 2:9-11
The name of our Lord Jesus is not an ordinary name; it has power in heaven, in the earth, in hell and the grave. That is why we can command devils to flee in the name of Jesus and they flee, we can cast out devils and sickness and change anything at all because of the power in that name. The Lord Jesus himself has given us the authority to use the power in his name that is why we pray to father (ask the father anything) in the name of Jesus, when we pray in the name of Jesus heaven responds.
Praying kingdom advancement prayers; kingdom advancement prayer simply means prayer for the church, for souls and for preachers. When we base our prayers on this category great things happen. Our Lord Jesus in Matthew 6:33 advices us to seek the kingdom of God first and all our needs will be met. Some benefits that come with praying kingdom advancement prayers are;
i) God supernaturally provides our needs. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” Mathew 6:33 KJV.
ii) We enjoy prosperity when you put God’s kingdom first in prayer “And he said when I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye anything? And they said, nothing Luke 22:35. KJV
iii) When we put God and His Kingdom first in prayer we enjoy glory. “And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them, that make merry; and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them and they shall not be small. Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them. And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them, and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me; for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? Saith the LORD” Jeremiah 30:19-21
Today some people don’t bother praying, because they don’t expect answers when they pray. As a child of God when you pray, is it your right to expect answers except you are not born again. God wants us to pray, our prayers don’t bother him and He does not get confused because so many people are praying to Him at the same time.
The word says in the book of James 5:16, the B part of it that “the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” also …. Also let’s not forget in Luke 18:1, Jesus encourage us to pray.
It has little to do with the length of time we spend in prayer, one could engage in a faithless prayer for hours filled with vain repetitions and another would render a heartfelt prayer for just 5 minutes with a lot of impact.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, please pray! Pray to avert evil, pray to change circumstances, pray to fulfill God’s words in your life, pray knowing that God is always there to hear and answer our prayers. Remember what the word says in James 5:16, the B part of it “…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”
Idinma Jerry Odu, Staff Writer.