The prayer life of a Christian is the most important area of their faith-walk. A Christian who does not pray is like an automobile that runs on fumes (of gas), they will not get very far in their journey. The Christian who does not pray is, also, like a fire truck that is not equipped with water hoses, ladders, or axes, it may rush to the fire but the building will still burn down. The effective prayer life of a Christian that we will learn in this lesson is the glue that will hold our faith together.
Consider, if you will, the early church even before they were filled with the Holy Ghost, they got together and prayed without stopping, day after day until the Lord, eventually answered them on the Day of Pentecost. In Acts 1:14, reading from the King James version Bible we find what the early church was doing before pentecost,
“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.”
They continued together in praying with one mind along the side of Mary the mother of Jesus, with Jesus’ brothers. This is the way that Jesus taught them and this is what prepared their hearts to be filled with the Holy Ghost and to become witnesses for Christ. In fact, Jesus taught this life principle,
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” (Luke 18:1, KJV)
Furthermore, the Apostle Paul, who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament, agreed wholeheartedly in I Thessalonians 5:17 when he said,
“Pray without ceasing.”(KJV)
What Is Prayer, Anyway?
Prayer is simply the act of talking to God either verbally or talking to Him silently through ones thoughts. It is communication with God. Prayers should be done with faith, and according to Hebrews 11:6,
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”(KJV)
Jesus taught the actual pattern of prayer when He taught His disciples to pray the ‘Our Father,’ prayer in Luke 11:1-4. He showed them how we should begin our prayer with words of praise and honor to the Father which is in Heaven, then pray about God’s Kingdom being established in our lives, and in our families, and in our communities. Only then, should we begin our petitions, and ask for forgiveness for our sins. This was the way Jesus taught His disciples to pray effectively.
Talk To God Like You Talk To Another Person, Except With More Respect.
Many people find it hard to gain their ‘religious‘ voice and talk to God on a regular basis. Yet, the most effective way that gives us the right mindset to pray is when we talk to God like we talk to another person, except we should do so with more respect than we would give another. But we should talk to God in our conversational voice and not some made-up religious ritualistic voice.
Consider God as standing right before us as we are praying and asking us to speak to Him like we would a loving Father who is concerned about everything that concerns us. He wants to know our ups and our downs, but He, also, wants us to always conclude with trusting Him to see us through every problem, concern, headache, heartache, and pain. Do not leave it there, however, because He wants us to rejoice with Him over our successes and blessings that He has made possible.
So, go ahead, give Him the good news of what has happened in our lives (with appreciation to Him), His peaceful and joyful anointing will prove that He hears and He wants us to be comfortable with sharing anything with Him because He so dearly cares for us. A-men And THANK-YOU FATHER FOR LETTING ME SHARE!!