What Is Prayer?
This is prayer.
“Our Father, in heaven, hollowed be Your name.” When I pray, I focus my mind on Who is present, Who is here and Who I am talking to. I acknowledge Him.
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” I yield completely to Him. Relinquishing all rights to self.
“Give us this day our daily bread.” I acknowledge that everything I have comes from Him and without Him I am nothing. He alone nourishes my mind, body and soul. He faithfully provides just what I need for today.
“Forgive us of our trespasses…” I remember my faults and ask Him to forgive me. He knows that even when I want to do right I find myself doing it all wrong. What I do touches others and what others do touches me too. “as we forgive those who trespass against us…”
“Lead us not into temptation.” I yield completely. I am weak and He is strong. I know temptation will overtake me if He is not present. The enemy is out there working to mark my soul for himself. “but deliver us from the evil one.”
For Yours is the kingdom and power and glory forever and ever.” So in the end I acknowledge that He is God — my Savior, Redeemer and Deliverer. He must become more and I must become less.
This is prayer. This is real.
We now talk about everything. I tell Him about my concerns and troubles. I share with Him the names of my friends and family. My prayer is not a wish list thrown up to heaven or an imposition of my will. I do not command my God to perform.
I look down at His word in my hand asking Him to speak into my soul and He does not disappoint. My heart burns within me as I read it. He is here. I ask questions and He tells me things I never could have imagined. “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3b)
This is prayer. This is communion.
Prayer is a fellowship of minds linked intimately together in the Holy Spirit – the created touching the Creator. His word speaks and we listen. We speak and He listens. This is the key to our heart felt relationship.
When I say, “Amen.” I know, without a doubt, that He was here. I have been strengthened, comforted encouraged, instructed, humbled and corrected. This is fellowship.
This is prayer. This is life.
When I’m finished praying He comes with me. Prayer is only the beginning. Eternity is at hand.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)
Be strong and very courageous…Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:7a -9)
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