3 things I learnt about Prayer
3 things I learnt about Prayer
Prayer is one of the key players in a Christian’s life. However, based on statistics only 55 to 65 % of Christians pray at least one time in a day and more than 50% of them are praying for themselves and their family. Statistics aside, if you are anything like me, you realize there is a pressing need for us to pray more and for more reasons other than ourselves. I have been focusing on a prayer discipline this year and I started out by going through the following reading plans on YouVersion on Prayer.
I liked all 3 plans but I liked the Video devotions better because they had all the essential details about prayer wrapped up in short video messages for 5 days. If you are looking for a revival in your prayer life or just wanting to be more disciplined, I encourage you to start by going through some reading plans and journal the messages. Today I’m sharing with you few of the many things I learnt about prayer.
Since Christ died for our sins on the cross and forever took away the veil that separated us from the Most Holy place, we now have access to the Father. (Hebrews 10:19) We can approach Him with boldness. We have the privilege of a child entering a father’s presence. Christ made a new, living and acceptable way for us to pray.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
We don’t have to be apologetic, confused or beggarly in our prayers. We have the rights and the privileges. So we can pray with reckless faith and boldness, without fear, doubt or worry.
You’ve probably heard this several times. But that doesn’t make us happy, does it? We always want answers and we want them now. But how many times have you asked for something and God has responded with something better? How many times have you prayed for one thing and never received it, only to find few years down the lane that God was withholding it for your good and for His glory? Take heart my friend, “For everyone who asks receives” (Luke 11:10) Not in the shape and manner you envision it but fully and perfectly in His will.
God’s expectation of us, when we pray, is to become one with Him. Our prayers need to be in accordance with His nature. We need to imitate the mind of Christ in whatever we are praying.
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15
How will Jesus want to deal with this issue? Will God react this way? Or make this decision? Prayer is a complete and perfect oneness with God. We have to identify ourselves with God so we can pray in a manner that is aligned with God’s will. We have to let go of our self realization and put on the consciousness of Christ. When we have this discipline with God, we will enjoy the peace of God in our current turmoil. We will not be tossed and turned by whatever is trying to have a stronghold in our lives, but in turn we will find the strength to submit to His will and enjoy the peace that passes understanding.