What is prayer?
God loves it when we come to talk to Him through prayer. Prayer simply put is having a conversation with God. As you engage in a conversation with God the Father tell Him all that is on your heart. It is one of the greatest ways we can stay spiritually connected to Him.
As we enter God’s presence, we must
offer praise and adoration,
repent of our sins,
forgive those who have done us wrong,
and listen to the Holy Spirit as he speaks to us.
We can only approach God the Father through His Son, Jesus (John 14:6; Ephesians 3:12). That is why we often hear individuals when praying, say: Father, we come to you in the name of Jesus.
They are different types of prayers:
Adoration – A prayer where praises are offered to God for who He is, His goodness and majesty. You would find many prayers of adoration in the Psalms.
Confession – A prayer to God where we confess our sins and shortcomings.
Supplication – A prayer of making a request unto God.
Intercession – A prayer of interceding to God on behalf of someone else.
Thanksgiving – A prayer of thanking God for His goodness towards you.
The posture of prayer
There are many postures for prayer, and no specific position is right or wrong.
In the Bible, they describe many postures.
Abraham fell upon his face before God. (See Genesis 17:3, 17.)
Moses prayed with his hands outstretched. (See Exodus 9:27–29.)
King Solomon knelt in prayer. (See 1 Kings 8:54.)
Jesus prayed looking up into heaven. (See Mark 6:41, John 11:41, and 17:1.)
Types of postures
Falling prostrate, on your face
Bowing of heads
Spreading of hands/lifting
The process of prayer
In this scripture, we see Jesus teaching His disciples about prayer.
And it happened, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. (Luke 11:1-4)
As we approach God in prayer, there is a three-step process in which we must follow to have our prayers answered as outlined in Luke 11:1-13.
He said to:
Ask and you shall receive
Sometimes, we do not have because we don’t ask. As you approach God in prayer asking for your needs (supplications) or the needs of others (intercession), He would give it unto you according to His will. So, take the step of faith and ask.
Seek and you shall find
God is always listening to us even when it seems like He is not. As you continue diligently to seek Him in prayer, He will answer you. There are just some situations you need to persist in prayer more. However, you have the assurance that as you seek God on a particular matter, you will find a solution or an answer.
Knock and the door will be opened
Whatever door He opens, no man can close, and whatever door He shuts, no man can open. The knock is prayers that have reached God’s ears, and He opens the door of blessing and breakthrough for you to receive them in the earth realm. God always gives His children the best.
God loves us and will help us in every situation we may face. We need to have faith and believe Him at His word.
We also need to remove all doubt because doubt stops us from getting our prayers answered.
Just be persistent in prayer until you feel that release of a breakthrough; and
Continue daily to build your relationship with Him through prayer.
Be blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus…
– All Scripture Quotations are from the King James Version Bible.