“Prayer isn’t to remind God what your problems are, but to remind your problems who God is”
God has done it again!
I feel like a lot people sometimes forget how powerful prayer truly is. Even Jesus Christ prayed (Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16, Matthew 14:23, Matthew 26:36-41). God also taught us how to pray (Matthew 6:5-13) but that was only a guideline. I have been taught to use ACTS to pray. This means Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. But can we just pray
“Lord you are amazing and deserve all the glory. Please forgive me for cursing today. I want to be made new again. Thank you for your protection for my family and I want a $1000 by tomorrow. In your name I pray, Amen” every day? I am over exaggerating but you get the point. A lot of people actually pray like that, trust me. So what does the bible truly say about prayer? What does prayer do in our lives? How are we supposed to actually pray? All of these questions came flooding into my mind and I will try my hardest to answer at least one of them.
Prayer essentially is communication with God. We can communicate through worship and song but personally, I find prayer much more intimate. In churches, you see the pastor praying and asking the congregation to pray as well and as one, they lift their voices onto God but are they just doing so because someone asked, or are the truly communicating with God? The bible says in Matthew chapter 6:
5“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him (verses 5-8)
That is self-explanatory. God asks us to really look within ourselves to make sure our heart is right before, during and after we pray. Why is that? Lets try to make sense of this.
One day I was going out with my sister and we were listening to a sermon by Creflo Dollar and he said that in the OT we had to sacrifice first before God can bless us second. That is true. A great example is the story of Abraham. He was willing to kill his own son for God and after God realized that he was a faithful servant, he was made a father of many nations. Now in the NT, God sacrificed is only Son first so we no longer have to. He will continue to bless and love us just BECAUSE. So why is God low-key throwing shade at the high priests? Well while Jesus Christ was still on earth, they were still under the law. He was fulfilling the prophecy of Moses. Jesus Christ hasn’t died yet. He was instructing them on what do after his death. Mind blowing right!?
So, when we pray we need to be 100% with God. He already knows what we need so there is no point in faking it. Through prayer we can find some much peace and guidance and all the answers to our questions (Psalms 118:5-6, Psalms 138:3, Isaiah 58:9-11, 1 Peter 5:7). If you don’t know how to pray or where to start, the book of Psalms is full of prayers. It’s not only a book of worship but also the act of crying out to God (Psalms 88:1-2, Psalms 55:16-17, Psalms 143:1).
Prayer is more than just words. It is so powerful that it causes the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to move on our behalf! Who are we to deserve such a gesture? We are sinners but yet God loves us. We are disobedient yet God is still faithful. In the words of someone who is extremely special to me says “One of the most powerful things in the universe as it invokes the presence and power of God. To commune with God is to temporarily be imbued with His power and to become one with Him which is the greatest thing we can do”
If prayer is something you struggle with, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. He will supply all your needs. I pray that this has helped you understand the power of prayer and encourages you to believe in God and be saved (Acts 16:31), enjoy a relationship with God (Galatians 3:26-27) and become a part of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13).
Pick up the phone and dial. He’s waiting to answer.