What is Prayer
To the Christian, prayer is a conversation with God. Prayer is a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God. God has established prayer as the means by which we receive his supernatural help. Without supernatural help we cannot live a life worthy of the gospel.
Prayer in the Bible
Throughout the Bible, believers are called to pray:
“Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1
“After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed.” John 17:1
“They all joined together constantly in prayer.” Acts 1:14
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Ephesians 6:18
“Pray continually.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
What prayer is not:
• Prayer is not magic.
• Prayer does not make demands.
• Prayer is for our benefit, not Gods.
• Prayer is not a guarantee against suffering. “ in this world you will have trouble.” John 16, 33 and 1 Peter 4:12–13
• Prayer is not an opportunity for us to show off. “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on street corners to be seen by men.” Matthew 6:5
Prayer is a relationship, wherein we humbly communicate, worship, and sincerely seek God’s face, knowing that he hears us and will respond, though not always in a manner we may expect or desire. Prayer can encompass confession, praise, adoration, supplication, intercession and more.