What Is Prayer
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What is Prayer?
Prayer is talking with God. Prayer is conversation with
God. God wants us to communicate with Him. He wants a relationship with us. He
desires to Fellowship with us. This is awesome knowledge for us to have!
Must Believe In God
Prayer presupposes a belief in the persons of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and in Their
ability, in Their willingness to communicate with us, and in Their personal control
of all things.
Must Be Offered In Faith
Prayer must also be offered in faith; faith that God is and
that He hears and answers prayer. This is a belief we know to be true. We must
not doubt or be what James calls double minded, that is believing two opposite
things at the same time.
An example of double mindedness would be to believe all the
above and at the same time believe we were unworthy of a relationship with God.
It is believing that we are “in Christ” and made “righteous” by Christ and yet
still not worthy of a relationship with God, or of talking to God.
God Wants People To Pray
God wants people to pray and Jesus set the example for us
in His own prayers. Jesus’ resurrection provided an open door for us into God's
presence. By believing in Jesus and His being in us, we are made righteous. It
is through Jesus’ righteousness that we are able to approach God and come into
His presence. It is now, that whatever we ask in Jesus’ name, God will give it
to us. What an amazing promise.
Must Be In Jesus’ Name
A critical point is that our approach to God must be in
Jesus’ name. Before Jesus, men had always asked God for things directly, but no
more. The resurrection instituted a new and living way into God's presence. Men
must now approach God through Jesus Christ...
- believing that the righteousness of Jesus covers them
- asking God to accept their faith in Jesus as
- thanking God for Jesus, His great love and sacrifice
There are two tremendous promises to the man who asks in
- he will receive what he asks
- his joy is full and complete
How We Pray
God is concerned about how we pray.
What is prayer? It is possible to pray amiss, with the
wrong motives, and in the wrong way. It is possible to pray, but not be heard by
God. It is possible to pray and to be speaking only to ourselves, to have, our
prayer go no higher in our own ears.
Therefore, Christ shows us what is prayer and sets out to
teach us the right and the wrong motives for pray in Matthew 6:5-6. It is our
motives held deep in our heart that God looks at.
Right And Wrong Ways To Pray
Praying with the “wrong motives” or “praying amiss” will be
covered in the article on “Unanswered Prayer.” Praying with the right motives
will be discussed in the article on “How to Pray”.
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