THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER I

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“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
Jeremiah 33:3 ESV

Reading through the Bible exposes us to the intentionality of God. When He desires something, He gives clear plans or instructions on how it should be done.

In building the ark, there was a how. In constructing the tabernacle, there were steps and measurements. For salvation, there was a ready plan. This is also evident in His design for prayer.

God desires that we commune with Him as often as possible. In Genesis 3:8, we see God visit Adam and Eve. They recognised His voice because it was His custom to fellowship with them.

David also had an understanding of fellowship with God, yet never failed to revere Him. See the texts below:

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.” (Psalm 84:1-2 ESV)

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11 ESV

Now that we have the agent of reconciliation dwelling in us (the Holy Spirit), our communion is made possible by prayer. How then should we conduct prayer?

Firstly, prayer stems from a place of total consecration predicated on the acceptance of who you are and who God is (Isaiah 45:20-25).

When we consider biblical examples such as David, Daniel, Jesus, and Paul, we realize that even in intimacy, they did not lose sight of the person and authority of God. (Psalms 63:1-11)

“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” – John 12:27-28a ESV

As a believer, your prayers should express your love and honor for God, above all else. Your affections and actions should be directed God-ward.

Secondly, our anchor text says we should call on God and He will answer. The emphasis is on communication, not monologue. Even better, He says He will “…tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” (Jeremiah 33:3b NLT)

This is further corroborated in John 16:13.

Thankfully, the Holy Spirit has made known God’s perfect plan for redemption, but He can also let us in on future events in our personal lives, in the place of prayer.

Hence, we must understand that prayer is not a transaction between God and man merely focused on needs, but a communication of like minds. It is a union of hearts in intimacy and fellowship; a symbol of a blossoming relationship. It is our lifeforce as sons of God!

Tomorrow, we will continue on how to pray in accordance with God’s purpose.

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 10:25-37, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-10, Psalms 140, 2 Chronicles 6-7

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