What is prayer?
Prayer is the practice of the presence of God. It’s the place where we can be real with God, because He already knows us. In His presence we abandon pride, we embrace hope and we make our requests known. Prayer is the place of admitting to God our shortcomings, our weaknesses, our failures and knowing that we’re completely dependent on Him. Prayer is the practice of the Christian that is the essence of a relationship with Him. It’s the exercise of faith and hope; it’s the privilege of touching the heart of the Father through the Son of God, Jesus our Lord.
The Bible speaks much of prayer. But all too often, we get caught up in the world and we ignore prayer. We end up seeking to accomplish things in the strength of our own will. Remember, ALL have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God; but that’s OK — if we get on our knees, and make our repentance personal, we’ll receive God’s forgiveness. Ultimately, we need to beg that the will of the Lord be done above our own. God knows what’s best for us and others, even if it doesn’t always seem to make the most sense to us.
Prayer includes frequent fellowship with God with your personal, heart-felt requests. We pray for various things — health, jobs, situations, struggles and so forth, yet the answers we hope for are sometimes elusive — or so we think. Yes, we wonder and we sometimes doubt. Yet, Romans 8:28 gives us our assurance that we can take comfort knowing that God hears us. In ALL things, good, bad or otherwise, He is glorified! Remember, faith requires trust. We should pray by faith, trusting God. We should pray consistently, trusting God. We should pray for healing, trusting God. We should pray for others, trusting God. We should pray and when our prayers are answered or are not answered, remember this: If we knew what the Lord knew, we wouldn’t change a thing.
Prayer changes the one praying because in prayer, you are in the presence of God as you lay before Him your complete self in submission and dependence. There is nothing to hide when in quiet supplication we are reaching into the deepest part of ourselves and admitting our needs and failures. In so doing, our hearts are quieted and pride is stripped and we enjoy the presence of God. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
Prayer also brings about peace. In Phillipians 4:6-7, we’re told to, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” In all things we are to seek the Lord and in His continued presence, peace will surely be our reward.
Prayer is the practice of the presence of God.