I am not talking about the frequency of prayer, what you should or what you must do. As we all familiar with having relationship with someone, whether having relationship with your boss, your friends or your intimated ones. Yes, when two people come together, a ‘relationship’ is formed. Whether you intend or not intend to be…it is somehow a ‘relationship’. You need to relate to one another, talk to one another and learn from one another. It’s pretty much a daily thing, we get to know someone, talk to someone in some ways.
‘Prayer’ – if you would like to describe it, like an intimated thing between God and us. An intimated thing between God and us, and yes, it is an ‘intimated’ relationship. ‘Prayer’ should come all the way nature to us, not about posture, our tone, but just being ourselves and go to God and talk to Him. Have a chat with God.
Nothing should be formal, but mostly ‘prayer’ is a natural thing to do. When you talk to your close friends or family, you won’t need to dress up formally before approaching them, or try to make a formal tone, make a formal speech to address things with your family or close friends. Those things are unnecessary! So is our ‘prayer’ to God. God though sits on the Throne, and we are here on Earth, we can still be natural in our speech, in our tone and just go to God the way we are. No more living in pretense, or trying to be someone that we are not.
‘Prayer’ should be our habit for each day, we can pray to God anytime and anywhere. Each day we talk to others and so we should understand that it is natural and essential to talk to God. The more you talk to your loved ones, the more intimacy will build up, the more you talk, the more you will get to know each other more. ‘Prayer’ is like a sharing thing too. You can pour your heart out to God without pretense and restriction. You do not need to worry how God will think of you, because He is your God, He knew you before you were even born into this World. So you can be at rest with yourself and at rest in God’s love. ‘Prayer’ praying unendingly is crucial to our Spiritual Growth, we could experience God’s presence when we set apart our time for knowing more of God, get in touch with Him by quieting our heart and mind, purely listen to His Voice. ‘Prayer’ very much goes hand in hand with Bible Reading, these two things link together and must walk hand in hand. The Holy Spirit will guide us into all things, what to pray for, and to whom we should pray for, interceding for.
We do need the Bible knowledge to back up our knowledge in prayer. As ‘prayer’ should be unending that we continually pray for believers everywhere, the Bible reminds us that, we need to be on the alert about ‘prayer’, link ‘prayer’ with a thankful heart, thanking God for Jesus, thanking God for what He has been doing in our lives. Our ‘thanksgiving’ will be rising up to God like an incense, altogether with our prayer requests. Our prayer requests show our reliance on God alone, on His power, strength and might. As we lift Jesus in our prayer, we acknowledge His position in our lives as well.
That we know who He is, we respect His authority on Earth and in Heaven, we plead with eagerness that God will work on our behalf for things that are indeed concerning God. Note here, not the things concerning us, but also things that are concerning God. God concerns about the ‘lost’ in this world, for those who are blinded by the Spiritual forces and for those who have not come to repentance yet (including believers not just non-believers).
Those are the things that capturing God’s heart the most – clearly when we read the Bible, we should be able to see God’s heart, His heart for the ‘lost’ and that’s our job to do something about it, action, response, and prayer. We need to prayer unendingly and we need to share the heart of God for the ‘lost’.
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God bless you. The publican stood off to himself, at the moment he was being singled out by the Pharisee with condemnation, and he prayed and asked God for mercy, and he recognized he was a sinner in need of God's mercy. His prayer went directly to the throne of God. This is a very well constructed article.