“…Lord, teach us to pray….” “Then He (Jesus) spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” “Pray without ceasing” (Luke 11:1; 18:1; I Thessalonians 5:17)
For many, prayer is a drudgery or ritual, often done when facing serious difficulties (aka “the foxhole prayer”). In this brief article, I would like to point out what prayer is not, followed by what prayer should be:
- Prayer is NOT a canned product from memory. For example, “Now I lay me down to sleep….”
- Prayer is NOT begging God when we want something, but otherwise neglecting Him.
- Prayer is NOT to be used to showcase our “spirituality.”
- Prayer is NOT appointed for specific hours or days. It should be as normal and regular as breathing.
- Prayer is NOT a posture (such as kneeling or bowing). One can pray in an upright posture, while driving a car (but don’t close your eyes), or when you’re in a hospital bed, etc…
Understanding true prayer:
- In its most basic form, prayer IS talking to/with God.
- Prayer IS pouring out one’s heart/mind to Him, being honest with Him
- Prayer IS focusing on God’s person and work: who He is and what He has accomplished. (You’ll find these elaborated on throughout the Bible).
- Prayer IS thanking God for all He’s done for you and is doing for you.
- Prayer IS asking God to forgive you – – your sins (of mind & actions).
- Prayer IS laying hold on God’s promises by faith, in the power of the Holy Spirit!
Here are what I call “the FACTS of prayer” – –
“F” Stands for Fellowship with God.
“A” Stands for the Adoration of God.
“C” Stands for Confessing to Him.
“T” Stands for Thanksgiving to Him. Finally,
“S” Stands for Supplicating Him.