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 4:4-8    

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 4:15-16)

© Diane Kilde, 2013

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.

                      Hebrews 4:14-16

 

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 today.

 

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.

           Colossians 3:12-14

 

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.

               John 14:13-14

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 we pray.

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.

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