Throughout the Bible, believers are called to pray. Yet many Biblical Christians today struggle with an enriched prayer life that taps into the power of prayer. The Bible says to “pray without ceasing” but what does that truly mean? Why doesn’t God seem to answer them at times? These questions can be toxic if they go unanswered.
What prayer Is Not
To clearly understand prayer and the power of prayer, we must identify what prayer is not.
- Prayer is not communication with Santa Clause. Prayer isn’t a way to get whatever we want. There’s a large misconception out in the Christian world today that believes if you just pray for what you want, God will give it to you. God’s not a genie in a lamp that will grant you everything you ask of Him.
- Prayer doesn’t make you immune to hardship. Praying isn’t a way to make yourself immune from hardships. Christians are still humans. Jesus even says in John 16 “you will have trouble” but if you keep reading He also tells us to take heart because He has overcome this world. (John 16:33)
- Prayer is not for God. We aren’t bringing any new information to God when we pray, instead we are working on our relationship with God. Communicating with our Creator as He designed it.
- Prayer is not a time to show boat your vocabulary. God, nor the people that hear the prayer around you are interested in the words you use or the way you pray. In Matthew 6 we are warned not to pray like the hypocrites who love to stand in the middle of the synagogues (Matthew 6:5).
What is prayer?
Prayer is a relationship with our Creator. Just as in our relationships to other people, if we are not actively seeking to communicate with that person, we will not know them. Thankfully, God won’t ignore our phone call if we wait a couple years to reach out, but that doesn’t mean we should take advantage of that fact.
God has called us as Christians to be His. Prayer is a way we can not only communicate with Him, but also keep our minds focused on God. When we are in an earthly relationship with a person, speaking to them is an important part of the relationship, this is also true with God.
Power of Prayer – The Connected Life
Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)
The mental image that might come to mind for some people is someone walking around with their head bowed, hands folded and a never ending prayer. While that might seem to be the literal meaning, it’s truly not. Instead, we, as Christians, should have a continuous prayer in our hearts. Instead of just praying when we need something or are at church, we should have it ingrained into our lives so strongly that it’s a way of life.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
The Scriptures tell us that we are to bring everything to the Lord in prayer. Feeling a bit nervous going into that meeting at 3 o’clock? Pray. Just hit three green lights in a row? Praise God through prayer! The true power of prayer comes from a lifestyle that involves God and praying continually.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Learning to be patient and waiting upon the Lord will not only enrich our walk with Him, but also teach ourselves to TRUST the Lord and His divine timing. Have you ever prayed for something and felt like it fell on deaf ears? We’ve all been there at one point or another in our life, but fret not, God hears you.
8.“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9.“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
The Lord’s ways are above our own. His insight, understanding and comprehension over our lives is vastly supreme in comparison. While we often feel we know what’s best for us, God KNOWS what’s best for us. In order to have joyful enriched lives that are connected to God, we must keep this in mind daily. Staying in a state of continuous prayer throughout the day is going to help us keep focused on God and remembering the promises He makes to us in the Scriptures.
The power of prayer comes through a on-going continuous relationship with the Lord through daily Bible reading and prayer. Yes, there will be times in which our prayers are amped up and in full swing, but the true power of prayer comes from the day in and day out praying continuously. God knows and understands more than we ever will.
Joyce Meyer is one of my favorite authors and speakers. I’ve been listening, reading and digesting her content for years and years. A wonderful book that helps flesh out the understanding of the power of prayer. We can talk to God about everything, and Joyce brings this to light in The Power of Simple Prayer.