What is Prayer?
Prayer is an intricate part of the believer’s life. It is communication with God. The more we talk to Him, the more comfortable we will become with Him. Though we can and should pray whenever and wherever we can, it is important to have a designated prayer space and time, set aside just for prayer. 1 Timothy 2:8 puts it this way: “I will (want or desire) therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”
The word “pray” means to supplicate, to ask for humbly and earnestly. It is also worship. It requires discipline, dedication, commitment and focus, and as we pray to our Lord and Savior, we fortify ourselves in Christ. Prayer is the lifeblood of our spiritual body, and as we begin to pray, we draw closer to the Lord. Because the devil knows this, he will try every trick to cause us not to pray: being tired, distracted, busy, ill, angry, emotional – whatever he can use to keep us from communicating with God, he will use – if we let him. We must, therefore, be diligent, and as 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us, “Pray without ceasing.”
Prayer is not optional if we want to live a victorious life pleasing to God; it is a necessity. Prayer should be habitual. It is talking and listening to God, and again, can be done any time, any place. Prayer is to our spiritual body what blood is to our physical body. It is absolutely essential, and there is no spiritual growth outside of prayer. No prayer = no growth = no spiritual life. And in order for the anointing to accompany us in our ministry, we must pray. When our prayer life dwindles, we cannot be as productive as we should be. We can “look the part”, but we will not produce the spiritual fruits. Everything that produces fruit has roots. Cut off the roots and the fruit dies; it ceases to exist. We are the fruit and Christ is the root. Our prayer life anchors and centers us with God and the things of God.
Praying Early for the Glory of God
Have you ever awakened – or do you often awaken – early in the morning, for no apparent reason, and no matter how hard you try to go back to sleep, you seem to remain wide awake? Well, the reason may very well be that God wants to hear from you! I’ve experienced it myself MANY times, and for me it’s usually around 2-3AM. It is at these times that I am convicted to get out of bed, find a comfortable place to pray, and then just talk to God.
Often I don’t even know why I’m praying or what to say. In such cases, I simply ask the Lord what He wants of me, and allow my spirit to pray to Him. As we pray, the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of God that dwells within us) searches our hearts and understands what our spirit prays. Romans 8:26-27 says, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered (v. 26). And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God (v. 27).” Continued