God invites Christians to partake in an intimate relationship with Him through prayer. The more deeply you walk with Christ the more hungry you get for Christ. As Christians we need to move directly in the presence of God’s word through communion with Him and the revelation of His word. As Jonathan Parnell says “Prayer is effective, not because of great men who pray, but because of a great God who in Christ graciously hears his people.” At the center of prayer is Christ. What makes prayer a Christian thing to do is, is that it shows our utter dependence on who our Heavenly Father is.
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- We acknowledge our dependence on God
- It brings us into deeper fellowship
- Prayer allows us to be involved in activities that are eternally important
- To give glory to God
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How to Pray?
- Pray according to God’s will, which is found in His Word
- Pray with faith
- Confess your sins
- Forgiving others
- Pray in obedience
As Christians we start with the Lords Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13
And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
We start with worship and adoration according to verse 9; we ask to make His name holy in our life.
verse 10, we pray for his moral will to be done on earth
verse 11, we ask for daily provisions to be provided for, and dwell on His promises of Matthew 6:33 & 1 John 5:13-15
verse 12, is understanding God’s grace of forgiveness through the gospel of Jesus Christ and remembering what Peter says in Matthew 18:21 “Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”
verse 13, Fleeing temptation to glorify God and prayerfully depending on God and His assurance to us: ” No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13″ Here is a great break down of what each verse means: Lord’s Prayer
Here are some helpful acronyms that are helpful to keep in mind through your prayer:
When devouring Gods word, it is helpful to put into application His word:
Sin to forgive?
Promise to proclaim?
Example to follow ?
Command to obey?
Stumbling block to avoid?
My prayer is that this post helps you to fight prayerlessness and pray God’s will through scripture. Devote yourselves to prayer: Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2