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What is Prayer

Aug 05, 2012

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What is prayer?  Why pray?  When?  How do we pray?  To whom and for what?  Is there a correct way to pray?  Let us examine what the Bible says about prayer.  We will begin with the question, “what is prayer”.
     Prayer is communion with God.  It is talking with God with the awareness that God is listening.  We should be listening for God to talk to us as much as we talk to Him.  How do we know that God hears us? In Psalm 34:15-17 we read that the Lord’s ears are open to the cry of the righteous.  Psalm 66:19 says: “But certainly God has heard me; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer”. 1Peter 3:12 says:  “For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God), and His ears are attentive to their prayer.”  This assurance is repeated in 1 John 5:14:  “And this is the confidence (the assurance the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him:  (We are sure) that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.”
     So, we know that we are supposed to pray.  How should we approach prayer?  It is vitally important that we come to prayer with a right and pure heart.  We must be walking in love and pray in love.   Jesus tells us in Matthew 5: 43-44:  “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy; But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  Failure to walk in love will hinder our prayers from being answered.  If we are not walking in love, we will be praying in vain.   1 Peter 3:7 warns us about the effect of being in strife with our spouses.  It says:  “In the same way you married men should live considerately with (your wives), with an intelligent recognition (of the marriage relation), honoring the woman as (physically) the weaker, but (realizing that you) are joint heirs of the grace (God’s unmerited favor) of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off (Otherwise you cannot pray effectively.)”  Scripture makes it clear that for our prayers to be effective, we must be free of strife, offense, and unforgiveness.  We may not feel like forgiving someone who has badly hurt us, but we are commanded to do so; not only to forgive, but also to pray for them. I do not have to feel love in order to pray.   I pray in love; I pray in faith.  We must also be right with the Lord and our sins confessed.  Proverbs 28:13 warns us that whoever covers his transgressions will not prosper.  Prayer gives God the legal ground to act/move on our behalf.  A first step in praying correctly and effectively is, therefore, to be sure that we are continuously walking  in love and can stand before God with a pure and right heart.  

What is prayer?  Why pray?  When?  How do we pray?  To whom and for what?  Is there a correct way to pray?  Let us examine what the Bible says about prayer.  We will begin with the question, “what is prayer”.

     Prayer is communion with God.  It is talking with God with the awareness that God is listening.  We should be listening for God to talk to us as much as we talk to Him.  How do we know that God hears us? In Psalm 34:15-17 we read that the Lord’s ears are open to the cry of the righteous.  Psalm 66:19 says: “But certainly God has heard me; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer”. 1Peter 3:12 says:  “For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God), and His ears are attentive to their prayer.”  This assurance is repeated in 1 John 5:14:  “And this is the confidence (the assurance the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him:  (We are sure) that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.”

     So, we know that we are supposed to pray.  How should we approach prayer?  It is vitally important that we come to prayer with a right and pure heart.  We must be walking in love and pray in love.   Jesus tells us in Matthew 5: 43-44:  “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy; But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  Failure to walk in love will hinder our prayers from being answered.  If we are not walking in love, we will be praying in vain.   1 Peter 3:7 warns us about the effect of being in strife with our spouses.  It says:  “In the same way you married men should live considerately with (your wives), with an intelligent recognition (of the marriage relation), honoring the woman as (physically) the weaker, but (realizing that you) are joint heirs of the grace (God’s unmerited favor) of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off (Otherwise you cannot pray effectively.)”  Scripture makes it clear that for our prayers to be effective, we must be free of strife, offense, and unforgiveness.  We may not feel like forgiving someone who has badly hurt us, but we are commanded to do so; not only to forgive, but also to pray for them. I do not have to feel love in order to pray.   I pray in love; I pray in faith.  We must also be right with the Lord and our sins confessed.  Proverbs 28:13 warns us that whoever covers his transgressions will not prosper.  Prayer gives God the legal ground to act/move on our behalf.  A first step in praying correctly and effectively is, therefore, to be sure that we are continuously walking  in love and can stand before God with a pure and right heart.