Prayer

“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”  Ephesians 6:18

“Pray continually.”  1 Thessalonians 5:17

Throughout the Bible, believers are called to pray. But what is prayer?

What does it mean to “pray without ceasing?”

And does prayer really make a difference?

 

Prayer and the Nature of God

 

In order to develop a clear idea of prayer, we must first have a clear idea of God.

We believe in a Trinitarian God who is a personal being who wants us to interact with Him on a meaningful level.

If God was impersonal, then prayer would not be meaningful.

If God was personal, yet uncaring, too remote or unknowable, then prayer would serve no purpose.

However we as Christians know that not only is God personal, He is also all loving (omnibenevolent), all powerful (omnipotent) and all-knowing (omniscient).

This means that in prayer we can have assurance that God always desires the best for us, that no prayer is beyond His ability to answer, “For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37) and that nothing is beyond His care or concern – He’s never too busy to listen to you and your heart cries are always heard.

He is also always Just, Wise and Good – all the time.

No prayer is too great for Him and no prayer is too small for Him.

This is all really significant as we think about prayer, because these attributes of God; His personal nature, love, power, knowledge, kindness, wisdom, holiness, goodness, immanence and sovereignty all play a role in how we relate to God in prayer and how He in turn relates and responds to us.

To many people, prayer seems complicated, but it is simply talking to God.

So what do I say?

Praying is like talking to your best friend! It’s easy to talk to someone when you know they love you unconditionally! Here’s a great way to help you pray:

A 'PRAY' ACROSTIC to Help you begin to pray

  • Praise
    Begin your prayer by praising God for who He is: For His character i.e. a loving God, a holy God, merciful, just and full of compassion. It’s all about saying thank you to God for what He’s done for us, and all that He continues to do in our lives. For the good things we see all around us. Thank Him for the chance of new beginnings that are offered because of what Christ did for us on the cross.
  • Repent
    Ask Jesus to forgive you of your mistakes and fill you more with His Spirit as you move forward growing in faith and hope. It’s really about us saying sorry for when we haven’t lived as we should. ‘We need to admit our sin to God who is able to forgive us and help us begin again. If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from every wrong.’ (1 John 1: 9)
  • Ask
    As we pray, we can ask God to help us in difficult situations or times of need. We can ask Him to work in someone else’s life, or pray for the big problems of the world. (Philippians 4: 6-7). God is our loving Father, He cares so deeply for us and wants to provide, protect and minister to us by His Spirit. Nothing is too big or too difficult for Him and nothing is too insignificant. Tell Him your needs! “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
  • Yield
    Commit to following Jesus, daily taking up your cross and walking with the Lord. Pray for God’s will to be done and His Kingdom to come in and through your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you afresh today to better serve God, see His power released and be really fruitful for His glory!