Often times in churches around the world, it is taught that prayer
is essential in the lives of Christians. But as often as it is
taught, there is not always an understanding of prayer.
prayer? Essentially, prayer is simply a conversation with
God. Like any conversation, it includes speaking to God and listening
to what God has to say to us. Prayers can be Adoration (general
praise of God), Confession (admitting our sins and asking for
God's forgiveness), Thanksgiving (thanking God for what has
for us), and Intervention (asking for God's help in our lives
and the lives of others).
I pray? In whatever form your prayers take, prayer
takes the position of an admission that there is a God who is
more powerful than we are, and beyond our situation. When we
to God, we say that God is one who blesses no matter what. When
we ask God to intervene in a situation, we are saying that we
need that God who is beyond us to reach our needs. We should
pray because we want God to be there in all our situations.
we pray? The Bible says that we should "Pray
without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Of course this
doesn't mean that we need to stop what we do in life and bow
24/7. But we need to pray to God in everything we do. If we need
help, we need to ask. If we are in trouble, we need to look to
God for help. When things are going good, we need to thank God
for the blessings.
I pray? People tend to say "get down on your knees...
bow your head... close your eyes... cross your hands..." But
the truth is that there is no magic formula. In some cases, bending
down with your eyes closed is the best way to clear your mind.
In other times, looking up with your hands raised in praise might
be right. Other times, laying on your bed might be right.
The exact way a person should pray is between them and God.
Jesus did give
his people a good form for "how to pray" when he told
them what people have learned as "The Lord's Prayer."
"Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be your name"
(in simple terms, "God, you are holy!"). "Thy
Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven"
(Lord, come and rule in this earth). "Give us this day,
our daily bread" (Take care of my needs today) "and
forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against
us" (Forgive my sins, and let me forgive others). "And
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil"
(Help me to avoid things that I know are wrong). "For thine
is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever" (You
are all powerful and deserve all our praise forever).
Yes... prayer is essential. It is also simple. Talk to God. Give
your thanks. Give your pains. Give them to God in the name of Jesus.