Prayer is communion with God. It is the closest, most intimate relationship with the Creator you can have. The apostle Paul said, “For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26). There are times when we can emit only wordless groanings because we don’t know how to pray about a specific situation.
Prayer is not playing magic games, spinning prayer wheels, reading off a list, or asking for things to be done. It is a communion. “Deep calls unto deep,” the Bible says (Psalm 42:7). In prayer, the depths of your spirit are in communion with the depths of the Spirit of God. Out of this can bring instruction, guidance, or a burden to pray for certain things.
Through the years of being a Chrisitan, I have learned that if you pray with faith and be specific, your prayers will be heard and answered. Don’t make long repetitive prayers to God, but be open and honest. The apostle Paul said, “For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26). There are times when we can emit only wordless groanings because we don’t know how to pray about a specific situation.
We can learn much from the Lord’s Prayer, the model prayer (see Matthew 6:9-13). The first is that if we are to structure prayer, we should begin with an acknowledgment of the One we are talking to — God, our Father. We should also include adoration, “Hallowed be Your name.” We are to glorify and worship His name, His very Being.
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
Forever and ever.
We must remember that prayer is rooted in forgiveness. “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” The relationship of God’s people to Him comes about because of continuous forgiveness. If we are going to see miracles in our lives, we have to be willing to forgive other people, even as God is willing to forgive us. I know that this is hard to do, it isn’t meant to condone what has happened but for you to give it to God and He will deal with that person personally.
Prayer for me is so precious and private. I do spend time with the Lord every single day and many times throughout. I’ve learned if you say your prayer requests with faith and thank Him at the end it will happen. He has a plan for us and He knows what is best.
Written by Tamera Boynton