I am sure that you have heard many times, that prayer is a necessary component in your Christian life.
Most of the times, no further explanations is given
It is almost as if we are expected to be already pre-programmed with understanding of
"what prayer is";
"how to pray"
and everything else in between.
I remember asking twice when I was 14 years, 'what is prayer.'
I was told a conversation with God.
Well, you can call me slow but that only left me with another question ' what's a conversation with God?'
This area will provide lessons ( both written and video lessons) explaining all about christian prayer.
Allow the words in these lessons to minister to your in the area of need, while providing the tools to take your prayer life to a greater level.
Now, this is where I make this path even clearer ...
Listen to something that is simply amazing: the Greek word for 'pray' means:
Let me clarify this awesome revelation.
Prayer does not mean 'us' speak to God alone.
It means 'the exchange of' . If you understand what I am saying, this means that the Lord will also be speaking back!
When we truly pray, the Lord will have open access to express his desires as well.
It will not be just a one way road, but a two way conversation. God will give answers, and guidance, he will literally have a relationship with you.
Sometimes he may choose to speak by an audible still small voice, through the medium of another individual, by his Word or at times by a strong divine persuasion.
As you foster a genuine life of prayer,
You will begin to feel the presence of God. Then, you will become acquainted with His presence, knowing when he has come to commune with you. It's a lovely feeling - to feel him with me at every moment of the day.
I cannot count the many times in my Christian life when I received 'strong urgings or impressions' from the Lord directing me to do or say something.
Likewise it can also be a chastisement for saying or doing something that I should not have done.
By simple definition I would explain prayer to be a heart to heart talk with God.
For me this means an honest conversation with the Lord and he in-turn also reveals his heart to you.
Since christian prayer is so important we must by right, know how to pray effectively.
Let's begin with the Why's First:
Why do we need to pray?
Apart from having an open conversation with God, there is still more that we should know. Now I might sound like a clichéd movie, but prayer is the portal to God.
There can be no maturity unless we pray.
We will have no relationship with God and we will slowly lose spiritual strength unless we pray.
I grew up hearing a song that says 'whisper a prayer in the morning, and whisper a prayer at noon , to keep your heart in tune.' Do you know the song?
However if our desire for maturity is strong as I think it is, then it will take much more than just a whispered prayer. If you desire strength it will also take more than 'just a few short minutes' in the day.
To make it to your goal, prayer must become 'YOU'. It must be your constant way of life.
In detail prayer allows us:
You might be saying, 'Not so Joan. You missed the mark on this one. How can prayer be my constant way of life seeing that I work and have family obligations?'
I am not asking you to drop all that you do to stay home and pray 24/7 yet it is still possible for prayer to become your way of life.
Let us find out how prayer should really be done.
The Key to Spiritual Growth with this third step is found in Ephesians. Let us look briefly at what this passage says :
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
The first two words 'Praying always' can be broken down into two areas:
1. Daily Prayer : Identifying special hours in the day, when you can truly pray and reach out to God without disturbance. You might choose to pray at 6 a.m. , at 12 noon and at 6 p.m.
2. Continual Prayer : Always keep a prayerful heart and mind. Whisper words of prayer, praise and worship as you go through the day.
When you employ these two methods into your daily life, then it is safe to say that prayer has become a constant way of life.
Christian prayer keeps the communication line open for God's guidance and direction through - out the day and it also encourages an atmosphere where a personal relationship can begin to grow and a bond can begin to form.
At this point, you should begin identifying moments in your day that can be used as prayers times.
Now let's continue unto these next set of words 'with all prayer' which speaks of varied types of prayers.
As we go through our daily lives, we can keep the fire burning in our hearts and we can remain constantly connected by communicating with God through
Prayer can also be done in the forms of:
Let us not forget the last few words found in Ephesians 6: 18a 'and supplication in the Spirit':
We must always remember, to achieve Spiritual Growth it takes going beyond the normality of life.
The norm in this modern society is, 'if possible' , morning devotions which includes a few moments of prayer, sometimes a song, and then the reading of a scripture verse or a 'devotional'.
Yet, I have found, that just a simple one minute prayer will neither satisfy nor strengthen our spiritual man and magnify our spiritual growth.
What works however is:
I have seen results, sometimes in minutes after I have prayed, by just simply adding these two ingredients to my words 'earnest and fervent'.
I have experienced so many times, when I pray, that time seems to not matter anymore.
That zeal to commune with God creates this atmosphere of fervor, hunger, longing, sincerity, love, security, and refreshing, that you do not and sometimes, cannot leave his presence.
I have literally fervently prayed for hours, at times, and when I was through, I did not realize that so much time had passed so quickly.
Our posture for prayer should always be humility.
Always remember that we are about to approach a Supreme and Holy and Loving God, that has gladly granted us access to his throne.
Just by thinking of this causes me to be humble.
Oftentimes this will include kneeling, or bowing but when you are in areas that are not conducive to these methods always remember the true posture of prayer is humility.
This means that with a humble heart and mind, you are still capable of approaching God.
I hope that this area has helped you to grow even stronger in Christ.
Before we continue please take the opportunity to read the christian prayer tips that have been listed below, that can help you along your spiritual journey.
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