What Is Prayer In General?
Prayer can simply be defined as talking with God. It's communicating with Him and spending time in His presence.
You can pray with your eyes closed or open. You can pray while you're still or even while you're moving. It's all about fellowship with the Lord.
Daily prayer is about having a relationship with God. It's about setting time aside and enjoying His company.
Praying to God is one of the most important things to do every single day. It's a time where you can express your thoughts and feelings through words and song.
It's also a time where you can be still and listen to God's instructions.
Yes, when you stop to quiet yourself and listen, His still small voice will speak to you about the matters on your heart as well as His.
What Is Prayer Biblically?
When it comes to the Biblical definition of prayer it still boils down to communication and interaction with God.
Praying, talking with God, can be done through setting aside time to do so or even spontaneously.
Start your research in the Book of Deuteronomy. It is within this book of the Bible that you'll discover a framework around prayer in the Old Covenant.
Christians today are under the New Covenant through Christ and as a result, prayer is absolutely different from the form practiced many years ago by the Israelites.
For example, Jesus instructs in Mark 11:22-25 that the prayer is to believe they receive their answer when they pray, not once they see it.
It's faith in God that brings about the desired result.
This runs contrary to traditional thinking.
However, in Hebrews 11:6, God clearly reveals that it is this way of praying (and living) that He takes pleasure in.
What Is The Proper Way To Pray?
Prayer is one of the spiritual weapons that God has given is as it says in Ephesians 6. When done right, it is extremely effective and powerful.
Now more than ever it's important to be seeking God every day. The key is to pray properly so that you see results.
Every Christian desires to pray as powerfully as Jesus did. The Bible records that even His disciples longed for Him to show them how to do it right.
Here are 7 keys to praying properly that have assisted me in a more powerful and effective prayer life.
My prayer is that these will bless you also.
1. Thank & Praise God
Opening your prayer with thanksgiving, regardless of how you feel, is incredibly important. It's a wonderful way to step into the presence of God and start conversing with Him.
Like any conversation you would engage in, no one really likes to experience someone start off by complaining or raging about something that happened to them.
Although God does want you to talk to Him about your situation, wait a moment before you tell Him about it.
As you begin your prayer time with thanksgiving and praise you are ushering in the presence of God.
The Bible says He inhabits your praises.
Starting your prayers like this helps you begin to shift your perspective to just how loving and big Your Father is compared to what may be troubling you.
Thanksgiving and praise opens the supply of Heaven and it should always be how you begin your time with God.
2. God's Plan
There is an elephant in the room when we pray that some don't recognize. It's the fact that God already knows what you're going to say.
This revelation helps us to follow the second step of desiring God's plan and His will for whatever is on our heart.
It's important that we are willing and obedient to follow the instruction of our all-knowing Father.
Not your will, but His be done.
When it's hard to know what to ask for we can rest in knowing that He already has a plan.
He already has an answer.
His plans for you are good and filled with blessings. Trust Him to guide you through whatever you may be facing.
3. Talk To Him
God loves you so even though He already has a plan, He still desires that you talk to Him.
Tell Him what you need.
We can see that that is perfectly okay because Jesus asked His Father for what He needed.
Many often hesitate when it comes to asking the Lord for provision. They feel like He is too busy running the universe to have time for them.
The Bible says ask so go ahead and trust God to follow that command.
Never, ever hesitate to ask God for what you need. It's His good pleasure to bless you. He gave you Jesus, how much more freely will He give you all other things (Romans 8:32).
Yes, not the most exciting part of prayer but it's needed. Open your heart fully to God and allow Him to show you where you may be missing the mark.
And when He shows you, or if you already know, ask for forgiveness like it says in 1 John 1:9. God promises to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.
Always be open and honest with God. He already knows everything anyway.
5. Pray With Someone Else
This ministry is based upon this. The prayer of agreement between two or more people is powerful.
When we pray together in the Name of Jesus tremendous power becomes available in the spiritual realm. I encourage you to subscribe to my YouTube channel and also look at several prayers on this website.
These prayers of agreement will dramatically change your life.
6. Pray In Alignment With God's Word
One of the difference makers in prayer is always praying in alignment with God's Word. We can't just pray and get God to do whatever we ask, whenever we want it.
No, the Bible says our confidence comes when we pray in alignment with what He has already promised.
Jeremiah 1:12 says He watches over His Word to perform it.
That means when we pray according to the Bible, God brings about those promises in His timing.
7. Know Who You Are In Christ
We can rest in knowing that the promises of God are ours through Jesus Christ. It is through His death, burial, and resurrection that qualifies us to be partakers of the rich inheritance God has for us.
Keeping this train of thought in mind when we pray brings into manifestation the spiritual authority that is ours through Christ.
And when we come against situations with authority, they must bow their knees to our prayers.
What Is The Highest Form Of Prayer?
The highest and best form of prayer is one of faith. Faith is trusting God and His Word despite what the circumstances around you might be saying.
Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it's impossible to please God.
If this is true, and it is, then faith must be the most important thing to have when praying to God.
If your situation says that you are in a financial storm, true Biblical faith is not about denying the facts.
The facts are, you're likely struggling and times are tough.
However, faith says what God's Word says. Faith looks at scriptures such as Philippians 4:19 and speaks that God will make a way.
All things being equal, this is the highest form of prayer.
How Do I Talk To God?
Talking to God is just like you would talking to a friend. Prayer is essentially conversing with God.
It's really that simple.
When you talk with God you are praying. Prayer is time set aside to do so or even as you go about your day.
The Bible says that God loves to spend time with you. He is Your Father and you are His child.
When and how you decide to talk to God comes down to what works for you. You can learn to speak to God every day and get better at it.
Here are 5 things to help you learn how to talk with God today:
- Set aside time to pray
- Find a place that you can concentrate
- Decide what you'd like to talk about
- Just start talking
- Let me pray for you (watch one of my online prayer videos and learn how to pray)
How Can I Be Strong In Faith?
So many believers want to have strong faith in prayer. I believe that this could also be defined as a desire to trust God more in their prayer life.
They want to really trust God despite their situation.
The good news is the Bible shares with us how to be strong in faith.
Romans 10:17 says that faith comes from God's Word.
To build our faith we must get into the Bible.
As we read about God's promises to us in any area of life, our faith grows in that area.
If you're weak in faith when it comes to believing that God loves you, then spend time meditating on scriptures about love.
If you want your faith to be stronger when it comes to healing, then take time to read and speak God's healing promises over your life.
It's really that simple.
I challenge you to try it. Determine what area you want to strengthen your faith in and take note of scriptures relating to it.
When you pray, bring up those scriptures and speak them over the situation you're praying about.
You'll see a noticeable increase in your faith and as you pray more and more power will take shape and be released.
What Does Jesus Teach About Prayer?
We can find what Jesus taught about prayer in Matthew 6:5-8.
It is in these scripture verses that He taught that when we pray we shouldn't be like the hypocrites that love to pray for attention.
They love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to show off and ensure other people see them praying.
They wanted to be seen by men.
However, when it comes to prayer, Jesus taught that when we pray we should do so privately, not to be seen of men.
Jesus' teaching on prayer is clear and that is, we shouldn't show off while praying.
He came against those who raised their voices for attention so as to have others think they are spiritual.
He called such people hypocrites.
Jesus also taught to not use vain repetitions. In other words, don't talk just to talk.
Oftentimes, people were praying for long periods of time due to repeating things over and over again. They supposed that the duration of time in prayer would gain them some benefit or the attention of other people.
When it comes to prayer, Jesus taught that our prayer time should be private time. That it should be between us and God.
Another teaching that Jesus did on prayer can be found in Mark 11:22-25. Within these scriptures He explains that when we pray we should believe we receive our answer.
Most wait until they see the answer before they believe but Jesus taught to believe first and then God's answer would arrive.
Is Talking To God The Same as Praying?
This is a question I often get faced with. Many people want to know if talking with God is the same thing as praying to Him.
In my opinion, the short answer is 'yes'.
God longs for a relationship with you and therein lies the reason that talking with Him every day will help cultivate your relationship.
A relationship cannot be healthy if the people involved in it do not talk with each other. And the closer the relationship the more often times of conversing occurs.
So let me encourage you to set aside time and talk with God. Pray to Him and just have a conversation.
Remember that talking should never be one-sided.
Be sure to take adequate time to be still and listen as He speaks to your heart.
What Is The Value Of Prayer?
Prayer is extremely important and valuable. It is the very element in which our relationship with God exists.
Prayer is our connection with God. It links us together with Him. By praying we continue to strengthen our relationship with the Lord.
Every word spoken in faith with God enters His ears and heart. Even our very thoughts are known to Him before we speak them.
The fact that our Creator allows us to pray and talk with Him is so valuable. He loves us with an everlasting love and through prayer, as we can see in the Book of Daniel for example, He moves upon the earth.
The value of praying to God knows no bounds. It is absolutely necessary every day for us to pray to God and fellowship with Him.
Without question, there is value in prayer.
Why Is Prayer So Important?
If you've read what I have written so far you'll understand the importance of prayer. It is something that every Christian needs to do on a daily basis.
Praying to God is a special time of communicating with our Heavenly Father and it should be taken very seriously.
Don't let prayer get complicated. Prayer is talking with God anytime and anywhere.
Why Does God Want Us To Pray?
When we understand what prayer is we understand why He wants us to pray. Prayer is talking with God and He wants to talk with us daily.
It's that simple.
A relationship can only grow when two people spend time together.
Similarly, God wants to spend time with you and that is done by talking with Him.
What Do We Say To God In Prayer?
Relationships grow as one person spends time with another. There is really only a struggle to talk when one person focuses on themselves.
Your prayer life will really take off when you start to ask God what is on His heart. He will show you great and mighty things if you would only ask Him.
What you say when you pray is as simple as just talking to God as you would a friend.
Ask Him how He is doing. Ask Him what is on His heart today. Ask Him to show and teach you what you need to learn. Tell Him how your day is going.
How Can You Connect With God Through Prayer?
Prayer is a great chance to really understand the heart of God. Connection with Him grows as you take time every day to pray to Him.
If Jesus is Your Lord and Saviour, You are a child of God and He is Your Father.
Talking with Your Father develops a meaningful and deeper relationship with Him. The deeper this relationship becomes the more close you become with God.
Do you need a prayer today? Submit a prayer request right now.
God bless you.
Your brother in Christ,
Daniel (Prayer Warrior & Founder)