To start with ‘Psalm 55:17-19 clearly states Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice. He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many against me. God will hear, and afflict them, even He who abides from of old Selah.’
‘1 Thessalonians 5:17 PRAY WITHOUT CEASING, IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS, FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS FOR YOU!’
‘1 Thessalonians 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray, is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.’
These passages alone are a reminder of how important prayer is on a daily basis. PRAYER is the effective way to communicate with God to ask for help, guidance, protection, forgiveness, wisdom, knowledge.. You name it once you kneel down and pray, once you’re out and about and say your prayers from within He will hear all your hearts desires.
In spirit God hears and knows everything we are going through, we cannot get through life’s daily challenges alone and that is why we seek Him in not only in our times of trouble, but in out times of joy, being happy with the turnout of events and want to thank God for what we have received. One important thing we should always have in mind is that when we are praying to our Father in Heaven, it shouldn’t always be to ask for something, but we should also use the gift of prayer to communicate with God about our lives daily, how we feel, what we hope for etc etc. God is our Father, our protector our friend the one in whom we trust alone. Just as you can have daily conversations with friends on whatever topic is the same way you can reach out to God to talk to Him, He’s always ready to listen and give answers to what it is we need answers to.
I always say that when I’m talking to God it really us like a conversation you are having on the phone or out with friends, He communicates with you and you communicate back, at times you may not have much to say but He knows your heart and through His words encourages you and is there for you.. Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.’ God has spoken rather than take it upon yourself to get back at those who have wronged you, go about it in the right way and simply leave it in prayer, God will handle it don’t worry about it..There are battles and troubles we cannot face alone, but God can and that is why with any worries or doubts cast all your burdens unto Him and He will restore your happiness and everything you may have lost.
He can turn around situations man cannot change; He will give you peace and most importantly see you through tough times where you think you might be alone. Because let’s face it, you can go to friends and ask for their advice or help with a matter that is effecting you but what can they do? Advice you and pat you on the back assuring you it will get better? In some cases help you with what you need? Really their help is limited. But Gods help is limitless THAT IS THE BIGG DIFFERENCE… The way others can help you will only see you through for a short period of time before you find yourself back to square one. But because you’ve asked them once for help or a few times, you will feel bad to go back to them..
However with God you can go to Him for help countless times and HE WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOU, HE DOESNT KEEP COUNT OF THE TIMES YOU COME TO HIM, HE WILL ALWAYS HELP YOU AND SEE YOU THROUGH TO THE END, SOMETHING NOT ALL FRIENDS WILL DO.. Some of them when the going gets tough they leave and you realise that what you could do for them and the times you’ve always been there for them, isn’t a favour that is returned.. Sad but true, but not to worry that is why we have an awesome God who has not gone on leave and is always there for us regardless..
When we pray to God, it’s one to one time we are sharing with Him whether to tell Him about our day, what we are thankful for, general discussion, what we need help with, those who worry us, forgiveness it could be absolutely anything and varies from day to day.. BUT NEVER FORGET TO PRAY AND GIVE THANKS NO MATTER THE SITUATION, GOD CAN MAKE TIME FOR YOU 24/7 SO WHY CANT YOU JUST TAKE SOME TIME OUT OF YOUR DAY TO GIVE HIM THE ATTENTION HE RIGHTFULLY DESERVES AND MORE.. DO NOT BE SOO WEAK THAT YOU CANNOT PRAY, THERE IS POWER IN PRAYER AND THROUGH PRAYER YOU CAN REGAIN YOUR STRENGTH. DO NOT TAKE IT FOR GRANTED!!
‘And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But YOU when you pray go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For the Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:
OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME,
YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE
ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD.
AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS,
AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS.
AND DO NOT LEAD US INTO TEMPTATION.
BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE.
FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER
AND THE GLORY FOREVER…
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.. What you do here on earth the consequences will follow in Heaven, whether God will forgive you or not..’(The importance of forgiveness and prayer).
When you pray, do not just pray for yourself and everything that affects you in your life the good and the bad. But also pray for others too, those who are afflicted and need help, those who are sick, those who are lost etc etc. As stated in James 5:16 confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.’
‘John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give us another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.’
The latter verses show the importance of prayer, that one to one connection with God and how it should be done. Because it is with God, show respect with how you pray and where you do it, do not pray in vein, do not rush it and allow time in peaceful places to pour out your heart to Him, like I said He is always ready to listen to us. Do not shut Him out or call on Him just when you want something, He deserves much more than that.
There is greatness and power attached to prayer for it is said in Matthew 26:41 ‘Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ Do not be overcome by the weakness of the flesh, in spirit pray to God for strength and to overcome all obstacles that come your way.. Do not let the devil win.
‘Job 16:17 Although no violence is in my hands, my prayer is pure.’ Do not allow negativity overshadow your action of prayer, in a child of God positivity should reign throughout. Easier said than done sometimes, but you will realise that a person who has positivity brings out a positive, loving attitude to others, which in turn shows in your prayer with God and how you communicate with Him.. Let your positivity overcome the negativity and be happy.
Prayer is a reliever from many things we go through in life but at the same time it is also a special time we spend with God to express our gratitude for all He has done for us in our lives. More importantly when you seek God in prayer, WITH FAITH He will answer your prayers expressly.. ‘Elijah was a man with a nature like ours and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. FAVOUR..
SHOUT LOUDLY GOD IS AWESOME AND HE IS ALL WE NEED…
‘Psalm 42:8 The Lord will command His loving kindness in the daytime and in the night His song shall be with me- A prayer to the God of my life.’ God is just too much His mercies endureth forever, morning day and night He is always there for us!!! To those who do not know God, please I urge you to know Him, before it’s too late. What you suffer for out there from man God can give you double and more, He always wants the best for His children and keeps to His promises.
Yes He does and in ‘Philippians 4:6-7 it states be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’
PRAYER WITH FAITH AND PATIENCE CAN ANSWER ANY PROBLEM WE MAY FACE:
SICKNESSES ARE HEALED
STRENGTH IS GIVEN
SORROW TO JOY
END OF SETBACKS
WHATEVER THE PRAYER POINT MAY BE GOD WILL SURELY ANSWER IT AND MAKE A WAY FOR YOU WHERE THERE SEEMS TO BE NO WAY.. BE ENCOURAGED, HOLD ONTO YOUR FAITH!!!
‘Romans12:12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.’ ‘….Do not lack self control and allow satan take over 1Corinthians 7:5’
God loves our prayer, He is very welcoming and it’s said in ‘Psalm 102:17 He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despite their prayer.’ God does not despise or look down on anyone, men will give you such treatment God never will. He has done soo much for us and even when we don’t deserve it He still hears our cries and helps us.
Sometimes, regardless of where I am, from time to time I find myself just thinking about everything God has done for me, things I didn’t expect, things that helped me to be who I am today, the list is endless. Then I end it off with a thank you prayer because without God I would not be where I am today, I am nothing without Him and with Him He deserves all the thanks, all the glory, all the praise. It is not by my might, but by the mighty hand of God that I am a living testimony to you today to say don’t give up hope, don’t be discouraged God is there for you, He is not done with you yet!!!. TURN TO HIM!!! ‘Acts 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.’
‘Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, BUT the prayer of the upright is His delight.’ God loves prayer, it is one of the vital ways He communicates with us, He expects us to always make time for Him and that is not too much to ask, considering all that He has done for us.
To round up this post on the power of prayer…
Along with all the previous points made, remember prayer will cover you and those you pray for with the blood of Jesus to protect you all from harm, simply praying that the blood of Jesus will take over their hearts, minds, spirits and bodies. Covering you all in the blood signifies Christ dying on the cross to save us all. You may pray for yourself a lot, but how often do you say a prayer for others too. There is no distance in the realm of the spirit so as you speak forth a prayer to protect them all, know that God has heard your prayer and will heal them and grant them what they need.
In the absence of prayer, you are left open for the devil to attack you using its wicked devises… the devil came to kill, steal and destroy.. Do not let him win stand firm in Christ and let God fight your corner..
God bless you all.