If prayer is our connection to God, then we should place great emphasis on it. We learn His will for our lives by asking.
11 One who loves [has]a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king [the Heavenly Father] for a friend.
This week, we will be looking at prayer, what it means, and how to use it. Robin and I made brainstorm pages concerning prayer and what we have learned through our years of study and experience. Let’s begin with a few encouraging Scriptures:
I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. 1 Timothy 2:8
They (the fellowship of believers) devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42
When they heard this [Peter and John’s report], they [the other apostles and disciples] raised their voices together in prayer to God…31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:24, 31
The Purpose of Prayer
Kelly: There is a unity of spirit when we come together in Jesus’ name.
- We seek His face;
- We conform to His ideal (commands);
- We reconcile (peace between brothers and sisters);
- We sense a oneness in Christ that can only be experienced by Christians who are unified in spirit and praying in the Spirit.
Robin: Why do we pray?
- To connect with and align our “will” with God’s perfect will;
- To ask for wisdom, discernment, knowledge, guidance, motivation, strength…to be equipped for whatever God has for us;
- To ask on behalf of others for them to connect with and align their “wills” with God’s perfect will;
- To recognize and submit to God’s sovereign authority and confess our trust in Him with words of praise and thanksgiving!
We read God’s Word to hear Him speak; we pray to God in response to His initiation of a relationship with us. Many times while we are praying, we get a nudge or an urge to do something. Rather than dismiss it or be afraid of it, step out in faith and see if the “door” remains open as you labor to be obedient. If the door closes, simply consider it a closed door and thank God for speaking to you. If the door remains open and you step through it, be ready for an adventure with the Spirit! Small acts of obedience will lead to great acts of faith and kingdom work. Are you wondering where I got such a crazy idea? Here it is:
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. Acts 13:2-3 Thus began the first Missionary Journey of Paul.
Tomorrow, we will look at “believing,” and more from Robin’s and my Brainstorm Pages.
Abba, each time I pray, I must remember that You initiated this conversation. Your Spirit urges me to pray, to open up a dialogue with You. You really are right there in my mind! All I have to do is turn around mentally and there you are! One of my favorite verses is Isaiah, 30:21, “and I will hear a voice behind me [right over my shoulder] saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.'” Lord, may I always hear Your voice and heed Your voice. Amen.