Prayer is always a matter of a lifestyle of developing your relationship and connecting to God. Connections are important in a relationship and the only way to connect to God is through prayer. It is your channel to communicate with Him and know Him more just like how you talk to your friends and family. The way you communicate with them is through talking and same as prayer as a form of connecting and talking to God. This is what prayer really is.
Now that you know what prayer is, have you wondered who can pray and see the manifestation of those prayers? In the Bible, it says that those who desire to know Him just like in Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Also in Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” As a person desires to know God then that person will find God.
As you live life to the fullest, sometimes you would wonder when you should really pray? When is the right time to pray? In 2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” Despite the word preach, it may be applied to prayer. In every season you face whether it’s a good or a bad season, just pray. As said in the first part, prayer is a communication with God. It’s a connection. It’s a way to build your relationship. Relationships are not built by good experiences or days you share with someone but bad seasons or bad experiences are also part of what you share in a relationship and so that goes in prayer. You may pray whenever you want as long as you keep doing it. Good or bad, the Lord will listen to your prayer. No matter what time it is in the day or how busy you are, never forget to communicate with your Creator.
Now that you know what prayer is, who has the authority to pray, and when is the time to pray, you should figure out the reason why a person should pray. There are a lot of reasons why people pray but there are main reasons why a person prays to God. One, the main goal of prayer is to really develop a relationship with God since it is the fastest and most convenient channel to talk to the Lord. Then others pray because of the gratitude they have as God has been working in their life and they treat life as a gift from the Lord and that they acknowledge that it comes from God, that’s why they pray, to give thanks to Him. Also, it’s to ask wisdom, knowledge, strength, humility, peace, and anything that a person could ask the Lord, because as it says in Matthew 7:7-11, ”Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a serpent?If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Whatever it is that you need, the Lord will surely give it to you as long as you have the right heart and the right attitude. Then one of the reasons for prayer is acknowledgment. It is to acknowledge that without God, we are nothing. We can’t do anything without Him. These are some reasons why a person prays.
So, where should you pray? Is there a specific place where to pray and offer up your thanksgiving to God? Is the church the right place? The answer is anywhere and everywhere! Whether you are at home, your workplace, school, church, or even in your bathroom. You can pray anywhere. The only difference is the solemnity of each place just like in the Holy Churches in Jerusalem where we offer up the prayers you have sent us. We pray there because we know that that place is one of the holiest places here on earth and so we, The Salvation Garden, offer the prayers there. However, no matter where you are, your heart in praying matters.
Now, how should you pray? The answer is simple. Just approach God’s presence boldly and with confidence that you know that you can communicate with Him directly. Talk to Him with respect but also talk to Him as His child because He is your Heavenly Father. The Lord is not someone you think is so strict and always ready to punish, His character towards His children isn’t like that. He is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. And so as you pray, just approach Him with the confidence that you are His child whom He loved dearly.
In this blog prayer series, you would know what prayer is, how it is done, the benefits, battles, and victories you’ll encounter in prayer. This series is for you to know how important prayer is to incorporate in your lifestyle and its effects on your daily living. This is just the start of it, there are more for you to read. And so take the time to read the whole series in the coming days and apply it in your life, you’ll see how different your life will be!
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