“Pray without ceasing.”
(1 Thess. 5:17)
The place of prayer in the life of a Christian cannot be overemphasized. Jesus said that men ought always to pray and not to faint. But understanding the art of prayer is almost as important as prayer itself. That is why today, we share some lessons on prayer.
The first lesson is that for the man in Christ, prayer is not trying to get God’s attention. See Hebrews 4:15-16: “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
The Christian prays because he has God’s attention. The redemptive work of Christ on the cross grants us access to the very presence of God. God lives in you; it doesn’t get any better than that! You have His full attention.
Prayer is also not trying to get God to do something. God has done everything necessary in Christ. The basis of our praying is the finished work of Christ (Hebrews 4:3). We access our provisions and supplies through prayer.
Prayer is fellowshipping with God! 1 Corinthians 1:9 says: “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord”.
Prayer isn’t just talking to God and dumping your needs on Him. Neither is it commanding Him to do things for you. Prayer is primarily answering the call of your Father to fellowship in the throne room of the universe. It’s communication, intercourse and fellowship with deity.
It’s of utmost importance that you settle these three things in your heart and approach prayer from this standpoint. But it is most important that you pray. Put of the television and pray. Wake up early and pray. Take time off social media and pray! Answer the call of your Father to fellowship today.