What is Prayer?

I decided to go back to the basics. I don’t have the best prayer life and to be truthful it’s pretty non-existent. I have a tendency to pray during the rough times and when there is some I really want. I don’t pray and haven’t done so in a really long time in order to develop a relationship with God.

What is Prayer?

I have asked myself this question on numerous occasions. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to go back basics with prayer in order to begin developing a prayer life and a proper relationship with God

Prayer is a communion with God and through this communion we experience/develop a relationship with Him. When we pray it is an opportunity for us to talk to Him and listen to what Him and enjoy His presence in our lives.

The Basics of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer Task Force  has developed a simple PRAY acrostic to help people remember the basic elements of prayer

Praise
Repent
Ask
Yield

Jesus provided us with the model prayer in Matthew 6:6-13 – “The Lord’s Prayer”.

With this very powerful prayer, Jesus made sure we would cover the essential points in our conversation with the King. We praise Him, for He alone is worthy to be praised. We repent of sin, asking forgiveness so that nothing will hinder us from receiving the blessing of response. We then ask for those things we need and yield to His will, for He alone knows how best to respond to our petitions.

~~From nationaldayofprayer.org

“The Lord’s Prayer”

“When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

This, then, is how you should pray:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”

When we pray we need to do so with the will of God in mind and not simply for what we want. Be reminded there are things we want that are not in His will. If it is not He may say no or grant our request and in doing so we may experience a period suffering to bring us back to His will.

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