What is Prayer?
Prayer is simply talking and listening; communicating with God. The primary way God speaks to us is through the Bible but He also speaks through prayer. However, prayer is more about us talking to God than it is about Him talking to us. That is why it’s so important to read the Bible and pray. You read the Bible to hear from God and you pray to talk to God.
Jesus teaches us how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. And in that passage, He teaches us that first of all, prayer acknowledges who God is. This is for our benefit! Knowing who God is is far more important than anything else in the world. When you know who He is, you know that you can completely put your hope and trust in Him. Prayer is then for the purpose of aligning our will with God’s. We pray, not to get our own way, but to get God’s way. And that is far better! So, we read the Bible to understand God’s will and then we pray to God based on that. Jesus exemplified this just before He was crucified. He was afraid of what was coming and did not want to go through it, but instead of praying “get me out of here”, He prayed “not my will, but Yours” and subsequently went to the cross. We then see that we ask God to provide for our needs. This is because it’s important to daily recognise God as the source of everything good and beautiful in our lives. And then we pray for our own character, we ask for forgiveness and we say thank you for it; we also ask God to build in us a godly character, helping us to resist temptation.
God loves to answer prayers like this! Start today, set aside 5 minutes and see where it takes you!