Do you believe there is power in prayer? Our prayers should control our lives, not the other way around. God loves it when we pray and prayer costs us nothing. It is one of the few free things in this world and yet it has the highest returns.
In the post Conversations with God, we discussed how to have a Quiet Time. Prayer is one component. In this post, we look specifically at prayer in more detail.
Where can we pray?
One of the many benefits of prayer is that we can pray anywhere. Prayer is not limited to church and prayer meetings. Take Jonah, for example, he prayed from the belly of a whale!
As much as I enjoy traveling when I am away from home, I always feel a little unsettled that I am leaving my comforts, my support structure and all that is familiar to me. My heart and mind rest easy when I remember that God is with me and present no matter where I am in the world. I can’t ‘forget’ to take Him or sacrifice prayer times until I get back. I don’t have to fit Him into my luggage or my budget. He is there, unobtrusive, free, and present…without compromise. How reassuring is that?
Although God is available to hear our prayers from anywhere, we need to ask ourselves if it is appropriate in some places. In Matthew 5 and 6, Jesus says don’t pray in a public place so people can see you, this is hypocritical. Go into a quiet place, pray to your Father and He will reward you. Jesus often withdrew to a quiet place and sought solitude when He wanted to pray to His Father.
There are times when it is necessary to pray in groups and this is perfectly acceptable. But God knows your heart, so if it is a prayer between you and Him, keep it private. Guard your heart and search your motives, you can’t fool God.
Confess your sins and ask for forgiveness
We should confess our sins and ask for forgiveness daily, especially before we pray so that when we pray, we are in right standing with God. Aim to be in this place of right standing at all times, you never know when you’ll need to pray urgently.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16)
Who should we pray for?
Anybody and everybody. The power of prayer is applicable and relevant in any situation.
There are the obvious people we pray for such as family members, friends, the sick, and those going through trials. Then there are the less obvious for example our leaders, both good and bad, for specific causes, and our enemies. Leaders are particularly vulnerable to burnout and attacks from the enemy because of the work they do, so pray for them regularly.
Make a prayer list you can refer to daily and tick off as prayers are answered.
When we discern wrong behavior it is God’s call to intercession, never to faultfinding. Instead of telling that person off, pray for them. Depending on the situation you could give them Godly counsel, but intercession (praying on their behalf) is the most powerful thing you can do.
What should we pray for?
Prayer and faith
When Prayer is Hard
Do Not Babble When You Pray
Prayer and Fasting
Purchase a journal for yourself, where you can record every word the Father gives you. It doesn’t have to be expensive, a simple exercise book will do. This little book will grow to be your testimony, your life record, and a document of the incredible love that He has for us.
Prayer is not only a powerful weapon but an open channel for communication with the Creator of the Universe. There are many books written on the topic of prayer and I encourage you to grow your prayer life by reading further.