Prayer is the wonderful, beautiful, privilege of communicating with our Father God,
Jesus, and the precious Holy Spirit. The dictionary gives the meaning of prayer as
a devout request or petition to a deity, such as God. Also, it can be a spiritual
or wordless communication with God.
Prayer, what is it?
How are we able to talk or converse with the Almighty, Living God of the Universe?
by Diane Kilde
Then we can ask and receive and see God move in our lives and circumstances in such
a profound way that we will know God has certainly answered our prayers. Glory be
to God! He loves us as His children. He had Jesus pay the ultimate sacrifice to save
each and every one of us so we could be His family. God loved us enough to send Jesus.
Jesus loved us enough to hang on that cross and pay the penalty for the sin that
was against us, carrying our sickness and diseases for one reason. He desired to
have a family. He wanted to have us with Him throughout all eternity to fellowship
with, to love, and to be loved.
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known
unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer
and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And
the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever
things are true, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever
things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there is any virtue,
and if there is any praise, think on these things. Philippians
We are called to rejoice in all things. Since God is in control, and all of His promises
are yes and Amen, as seen in Corinthians, then we can rejoice in everything because
no matter what the problem or situation, God has the answer and the way to go through.
Sometimes hard things happen to Christians, but even in the midst of the storms of
life, we can praise Him, and He will comfort us and help us. We would never grow
in our Christian walk with God if we never had any trials. I would never want to
be without the Lord in my life, and His help to walk me through it all.
We are called to walk in moderation. That means that we don’t live a life of excesses.
Other versions of the Bible say, “don’t be anxious” rather than “be careful for nothing.”
You cannot have one foot in fear and one foot in faith. You are either walking in
fear, or you are totally walking in faith. Choose this day what you will believe.
I choose to believe God. I have found Him faithful. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God
hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Stand against the spirit of fear in the name of Jesus. It is not of God. Tell it
to go away in the name of Jesus. You are going to believe God.
Then, we are in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving to let
our requests be made known unto God. There has to come a time when you ask God for
what you need or desire. Yes, God can read your mind and know your thoughts. Yes,
He is omnipresent and can see all things and knows what is going on. Yes, He knows
the end from the beginning. All that is true. Some ask, “Then why doesn’t God just
fix it and take care of my situation without me having to ask?”
God expects us to walk in faith. He wants us to trust Him in the midst of all situations
and ask Him for what we need. I don’t know the reasons why God set it up that way,
I just know that it is written out in Scripture how we are to live. Philippians says
that with prayer and supplications we make our requests known to God. If you try
to do it any other way, you are running contrary to Scripture. If you are expecting
God to move for you without asking, that, too, is contrary to Scripture. We must
follow His blueprint, the Bible, and line up on that if we expect to see the results
that the Bible declares available to be true in our own lives. Faith says we receive
it done when we stand praying. That is where the thanksgiving comes in. We pray,
ask, believe we receive, accept it as done, and thank God for it.
As you stay in thanksgiving to God, it keeps your faith alive until you see what
you are believing for manifest in the natural where you can see it.
Look at Philippians 4:7 again. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” That peace which passes all
understanding guarding your hearts and your minds is a result of doing things God’s
way. Even in the midst of the storm, in the midst of the trial, when everything seems
to be going wrong, God’s promise is that His very own peace, beyond all understanding
will guard your heart and your mind. What a blessing it is to have God’s peace in
the midst of the storm. Nothing has changed. What appears to be happening may be
awful, but somehow in the midst of this time with your precious Heavenly Father,
trusting Him in all things, His peace comes in. I’ve been there. I’ve had the bad
report coming at me from a doctor, but because I prayed and believed God to move
in the situation, God’s peace came it and settled over me like a blanket. Then, I
knew because I knew, that all would be well. And it was. Praise God! The evil report
never became a reality. God’s promises prevailed with truth. When we keep our hearts
right, then the communication with the Father, God, is kept open where we can enter
in to the very throne room of grace to find grace to help in the time of need (Hebrews
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus
the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest that
cannot be touched with our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we
are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that
we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21
I have heard many pray, “For Christ’s sake”, or in “Christ’s name,” but that is
not Scriptural. You can’t find that any where in the Bible. When you stand in the
name of Jesus, every demon in hell sees you as if you were Jesus, Himself. He’s given
you His name and all the power inherent in that name. Because Jesus has already taken
back from Satan the keys to hell and death, when you take the name of Jesus and go
in that name, it is just like Jesus going. Glory by to God! Jesus has given us His
name. There is power in that name. Jesus has already defeated hell in our behalf
in that name. Then He gave us His name to use. JESUS.
Are there things that will hold us back from getting our prayers answered?
Yes, there are things that will hinder your prayers from getting answered. Jesus
made the way for us to communicate with the Father, God. God sees us as sinless and
perfected through the precious blood of Jesus, but that doesn’t mean that we can
walk in willful sin and still keep that communication open with God. When we are
children of God, our spirits are alive to God. There is an inward knowing that something
is wrong and we shouldn’t be doing it. We must keep our hearts right with God and
repent of our sin. We accept the fact that Jesus already paid the price for all our
sins, past, present and future, and if we sin, we can repent and God will forgive
us. That does not mean, however, that we can go on willfully sinning and it not have
a consequence in our lives. Whatever you yield yourself to will rule you. If you
accept the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, and trust Him with Your life, God Himself
will be on your side. That blood of Jesus is still cleansing and flowing for you
Even in our sin, though, Jesus does not depart from us. Hebrews 13:5 says that He
will never leave us nor forsake us. However, when we give our attention to sin, we
are the ones that walk away from God, shutting off communication with Him. If you
have sin in your life, choose to claim the wonderful promise in Romans 6:14 which
says that sin shall no longer have dominion over you, for you are no longer under
the law, but you are under grace. When sin calls your name, tell it, “NO sin, you
are not my master for I am under the grace of God.
What other things will hinder our prayers?
Unbelief will hinder your prayer. Hebrews 11:6 says “You must believe that God exists,
and that He is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” If you don’t believe
that He will answer you when you pray, your prayers will not get answered.
James 4:3-4 says that we can ask amiss to consume it upon our own lusts. If you are
caught up in things and the desires for wealth, it can become an idol to you. God
is not going to give you a million dollars so that you can squander it upon yourself.
If He has placed a call on your life to believe Him for a million dollars to further
the Kingdom of God, then that is a prayer God can and will answer. We have to look
at what the motives are behind what we are asking.
How do we pray and communicate with Father God?
First, the Bible instructs us to ask in the name of Jesus. It is through His precious
blood that the way has been made open for us to talk and fellowship with God. Jesus
has given us His name and everything that it represents. That name belongs to us
as children of the Living God. Biblically, we should pray, “Father in the name of
Jesus....” It is in that name, Jesus, that we come to the Father. It is in that name
that we stand against all of the demonic forces.
JESUS! It is the name that accesses Heaven in our behalf.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, mercy, kindness, humbleness
of mind, meekness, long-suffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another,
if any have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And
above all these things put on charity (love), which is the bond of perfectness.
And in that day ye shall ask Me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever
ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you.
Sin can come in subtle ways. We need to be alert to keep a guard over our hearts
and minds, so sin isn’t allowed to come in when we are unaware. Unforgiveness will
disrupt your ability to communicate with God and get Him to move in your behalf.
When you walk in unforgiveness, you are breaking the one great commandment of the
New Testament that says we are to walk in love, first to God, and then loving our
neighbor as ourselves. We must forgive each other as a choice of our will. We forgive,
not based on feelings, but simply because the Bible tells us to do it. What a wonderful
blessing that you and I, in our state of human frailty, can with a repentant heart,
keep the communication with the Father, God open.
Then, I believe that Philippians 4:4-8 is a type of blueprint for us to follow when
God cannot look upon or fellowship with sin. Because man was born into a sinful state,
it took the pure, sinless Savior, Jesus, to stand in our place to make a way for
us to fellowship with the Almighty God. Jesus took the sin of mankind upon Himself
and paid the price for all. Once we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God looks
at us through the blood of Jesus, seeing us free from sin, as if we never did anything
wrong. That opens the door for a heavenly fellowship, a communication with God. Jesus
made the way through His shed blood for us to enter into the very throne room of
the Living God and talk to God directly.