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Faith Filled Friday: What is Prayer?

May 15, 2020

by Connie Terpack
Praying is simply talking to God. It’s like having a direct line to your heavenly Father. Sometimes we pray because we need an answer or help with a problem and sometimes it is simply to thank him for his help or answer. I have never kept track of how many times a day I pray. Some times I say a simple Help me, Lord when I am having trouble. I usually pray in the morning with my devotional reading and again in the evening after I have gotten snuggled under the covers. That prayer is always short; basically just asking the Lord to keep us safe during the night and wake us up in the morning along with a thank you for helping me all day.

The Purpose of Prayer
It is a form of worship and helps us cultivate a relationship with God and Jesus.
It gives us time to reflect our daily actions and express our faith in God.
We should repent first and receive forgiveness before making requests.
We can ask for guidance and help with our Christian walk and dealing with others.
Ephesians 1:5-6,11-12; 3:12; Hebrews 10:19-22

How to Pray
Jesus gives us an example: When he taught his disciples how to pray he explained that the first thing to do when praying was to honor God and acknowledge him before making any requests.
We should share an attitude of love and mercy toward others, including our enemies. It is easy to pray for those we like, but it is much harder to pray for those who have done us wrong.
We should be able to approach God with confidence as well as a humbleness in Spirit. We may have trouble saying what we mean, but the Spirit intercedes for us and explains it so God understands.

Matthew 5:43-45; 6:9-13; James 5:16; 1 John 5:14

Hindrances to Prayer
There might be more things that hinder our prayer life than I have listed, but these should be at the top of the list.
Harboring hatred and anger toward others and neglecting to confess any sins. Those two go together and it took me the longest time to confess my anger toward a fellow nurse who lied about everything. For as long as I have been a Christian you would have figured I knew better.
If you doubt that your prayers will be answered either because God does not want to or cannot, think again. Your time might not be His time or he may have something better planned.
When you ask with wrong motives God is not going to answer. Asking God to get revenge for you is not the best choice. He tells us to love our enemies and that is probably the hardest thing I have ever had to as a Christian.
Mark 11:24-25; James 1:6; 4:3; 5:16

God’s Response to Prayer
God listens to the prayers of his people and will answers those who trust him and ask according to his will. Again, His timing may be different from what we want, but I trust God to know what is best for me. Being patient is not easy. It is like a little child who wants his Christmas present NOW.
Genesis 25:21; 1 Peter 3:12; 1 John 5:14

2 Comments
  1. Good post… Thank you.

  2. Your welcome and thank you.

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