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We've all been there before...
Praying to God with our heavy hearts, because we are unable to see the outcome of our prayers...and maybe just maybe this drives you a little crazy. Because I mean it is crazy - in all the right ways, it's crazy to know that an omnipotent God is listening to you as you utter each syllable.
This has been me the past year and this will continue to be me in the years to come - but now....I hold onto this hope from God. I cling onto for dear life, because it is the anchor that stills my soul.
Before we dive in to the topic of prayers (or any other stories), we must first have a fundamental understanding of God’s character and His word – the bible. How you view God and His word will influence how you pray to God, so it is important to know some of the characteristics of God.
How you view His word; How you view God: It is through the bible we are able to grasp an human understanding of who God is, so the very first important thing is to realize the credibility of the bible. If you believe the bible is infallible and has full authority, and you have read it consistently, then most likely you will have a better understanding of who God is (and the purpose and the power of prayer!).
Some of characteristics of God:
- Faithful (Psalm 1199:90, 1 Corinthians 1:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Hebrews 10:23)
- Eternal (Deuteronomy 33:27, Psalm 48: 14, Isaiah 40:28, Revelation 1:8)
- Trustworthy (Psalm 19:7, Psalm 111:7, Psalm 118:8, Revelation 21:5)
- Unconditionally loves (Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:8, 1 John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8)
- Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent (Matthew 19:26, Psalm 147:5, Jeremiah 23:24, Proverbs 15:5, 1 John 3:20)
The purpose of prayers:
Why are believers encouraged to pray? Why do they even pray?
Prayers are a way for us to communicate with God, whether it is through speech, thought, cries, or on paper. Could you imagine having a relationship where there is no communication? Probably not a healthy one... Prayers are not limited to one particular use, it can be done to:
- To overcome temptation: I found that being in prayer helps me stay focused on Jesus - which in turn helps me stay away from sin.
“Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41
- To praise God for who He is and to praise your thankfulness towards Him: Reflecting and mediating on what God has done in your life helps you remember His goodness in the seasons of dryness and abundance.
“I will thank Yahweh with all my heart; I will declare all your wonderful works. I will rejoice and boast about you; I will sing about Your name, Most High.” Psalm 9:1-2
- To confess your sins before God: While you have obtained salvation through what Jesus has done of the cross, God still urges use to confess your wrongdoings before Him so that our relationship with Him will not be hindered.
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9
- To ask for something: This is something we are all familiar with, and it's not a bad thing to ask God to answer your prayers. It turns into a problem when people see God as someone who is suppose to serve them and answer all their prayers.
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." 1 John 5:14
How to Pray:
There may be some believers who have difficulty with praying, maybe not only with praying itself but the things to pray about as well. So I have provided you some tips on how to pray and some prayer suggestions!
One way that helped me pray was to see it as simple as talking to God - the wonderful counselor. It's best to get in a secluded area, so that there will be no interruptions and distractions, and in that way, you can devote your undivided attention to God.
For some, prayer works best when they write it all down or as a letter written to God...
For others, it works best when they get on there knees to pray...
But what the best part about praying is that it can be done anywhere, anytime, and anyhow.
So you could be praying in your head right before you take your test,
or you could be verbally praying on your knees at church,
or you could pray you are driving your car.
My advice is to just do it. Start somewhere.
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
- Some things you can pray about: *this is not an exhaustive list
- Self examination of your heart - asking God to help you see the things you cannot see.
- Asking for guidance - We want to be walking according to what God would want and sometimes we are unable to discern that so we pray!
- Your church so that it will grow in love and unity
- Government - to lead our country (or other countries) wisely
- Your pastor - This type of ministry is a very difficult one - spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and even physically - I have seen this first hand and I think it is very important to pray for the pastor who is leading your church.
- Unbelieving friends/strangers/family members to receive salvation
- Christians who are being persecuted for their faith
- All the people who asked you to pray for them - because let's be honest, sometimes we don't.
- Godly wisdom - This is one of my favorites!
- To help you have a heart like God's
- Asking God to help you love others
- Help you keep your eyes focused on eternity
- Your heart's desires and wishes (and asking you if they are according to God's will)
- Your future spouse - this one isn't for everybody, because not everybody wants to get married or is already married.