What is Prayer?

There have been thousands of books and articles written on prayer as well as thousands of sermons preached.  We should know all we need to know about prayer and how do it. Yet I find many that don’t know how to pray, to whom they should address in prayer, the right position to be in to pray, whether to use other people’s prayer; and the list goes on and on. There seems to be a lot of confusion about prayer.

Prayer is simply making a request to someone. (For this blog we are going to talk only about those addressed to God.)  My goal is to answer some of the big questions on prayer. For me the most important question is: Whom I pray to.  I meet a lot of individuals that call themselves Christian but have little knowledge who God is and what He wants for our lives. The God I serve and have given my life to is the God of the Bible. He is the creator of all that is and deserves all our honor, worship and glory. His words gives us many examples on how to pray and what we need to know about prayer. I recently attended a seminar on prayer and one quote keeps coming to my mind. It is: “If we have little confidence in the character of God, then we will have little confidence in prayer.” In other words, our faith is only as strong as the person we have faith in. Prayer that works, first and foremost, must be addressed to the God of the Bible.

The second most important question is: Am I humble before my God and His will? Even in the Lord’s Prayer it says, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Can I accept His will for me knowing it will be the best for me? The posture I am in when I pray has little to do with the effectiveness of that prayer.  What is most important is the humility of my heart.

The third most important question is: Can I come into the presence of God? Heb 4:14-16 answers this: 14 seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Along with this access is do I have sin in my life? Ps 24:3-4 answers this “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.” And 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

The fourth question is: What about faith? Heb 11:6 teaches us “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Faith is simply trusting in God’s love for us.

So in closing we simply need to come every day and pray to our Father in Heaven with a clean heart and hands, humbly willing to accept His will with faith. A great prayer life comes from having a great relationship with our Father in heaven.

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