Prayer – What, Why and When

What is Prayer? That sounds like one of the most basic questions we could possibly ask. However, it is perhaps the most difficult to answer.  Many see prayer as a religious activity, I personally see it as an important part of a love relationship. Charles Stanley says that prayer is the intimate dialogue with the one who cares about you the most. So based upon that, prayer could be defined as the intimate communication between the Heavenly Father and His Child; or an on going dialogue between two parties who are totally in love with each other. Richard Foster says that: “Prayer is about a love relationship, an enduring, continuing, growing love relationship with the great God of the universe. We will become more effective prayers as we become more effective lovers of God”. With that in mind, prayer is more than a religious ritual, it is getting to now God and prayer is more than just asking for stuff and getting God to answer our wants. It is fellowship with God. I recall another statement I heard Dr. Charles Stanley make, He said: The more I pray, the closer I grow to God, and the closer I grow to Him, the less I ask Him for things and the More He Gives Me! WOW! Meditate on that statement, and make it your goal to see prayer as a form of worship and a way to grow closer to God, a way to get to know Him better, to Love Him more!
As You pray allow God to speak to you and guide your every move. Consider the words of Jesus, in John 5:30.  “I can do nothing on my own, I judge only as I hear, and My Judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent me.” (John 5:30)

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