I think many times when people hear the word prayer they develop a picture of someone on their knees, hands folded and head bowed. For those who do not have a relationship or do not have a close relationship with God, prayer can seem like a mysterious thing. There is no mystery or defined way to pray. It can be done standing, sitting, kneeling or laying flat on your face. It can be loud, silent, joyous or fervent. Prayer is what you need it to be at the moment it happens, but it is important that it happens.
Prayer is our way to grow closer to God. It is a time to pour out our praise, thanksgiving, requests and ask for forgiveness. It is also a time to be quiet, listen and let God answer. I have found there have been times when I felt so overwhelmed I could not form the words to pray. It was comforting to know God still knew my heart even if I could not quiet my mind enough to get the words out.
God wants us to talk to Him. He is always listening and will always answer. The answer may not be what we are hoping for, but if the answer is no or wait, we must know God is sovereign and all knowing. He knows far better than we do what is best for us. Remember His view is of eternity and not limited to this world. Following are some scriptures that focus on prayer.
“This is the assurance we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
And if we know He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.” - 1 John 5:14, 15
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” - Jeremiah 29:12
“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” - Isaiah 65:24
“You will pray to him, and he will hear you…” Job 22:27
“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
“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.” - Matthew 6:6
“Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I…” - Isaiah 58:9
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” - Jeremiah 33:3
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” - Mark 11:24
“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven.” - 2 Chronicles 7:14
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” - Romans 12:12
Prayer is essential for us to grow our relationship with God. The more we pray to God alone or with others, the more comfortable we will feel relying on prayer to help us through good times and bad times in our lives. Without prayer, our spiritual life will become anemic and dull. Prayer should be as much a part of our life as breathing. Not dictated by the wants or needs of the moment, but given much thought and time. Ultimately, there is nothing more important in this life than the time we choose to spend with God.
A devotional from Hope for Each Day says it well: “Never stop praying, no matter how dark and hopeless your case may seem. Your responsibility isn’t to tell God when He must act or even how He must act. Your responsibility is simply to “pray without ceasing” trusting Him to act according to His perfect will.”
At Giving Hope Through Faith, we want to pray for you. If you have a specific prayer request or have a circumstance that you would like covered in prayer, please contact us by phone, email or through the website and tell us about it. Know that we are praying for God’s peace to surround you each and every day.