Prayer is and should be a vital component in our relationship with God. Yet, there appears to be a lack of Christians willing to travail in prayer. Perhaps, it is because we do not heed the warning in the Bible that instructs us to “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, KJV) Maybe, we view prayer as a daunting duty and not a welcomed privilege to communicate with our Father. Is it possible that we may not want to admit our feelings of inadequacy when attempting to address God? Are we lacking knowledge of how to pray or the importance of prayer? Do we lack the confidence to enter boldly before the throne, repent, seek God’s forgiveness, and submit our petitions? Do we view prayer as a last resort instead of our first course of action?
In the past, we may have sought God to move in a certain matter and believed for a specific result, but the outcome was the opposite of what we sought. For example, we prayed for our loved one to be healed from illness but they succumb to the illness and died. Or the prayer was for that “dream job and/or house” desiring God’s favor to obtain it only to be disappointed when the promotion was given to someone else or that house was sold to another buyer. Has disillusionment replaced absolute faith in God leading to a decrease in communication with God?
The beauty of prayer is that it is an awesome opportunity for us to communicate with God and for Him to communicate with us. God cares for us. (I Peter 5:7, KJV) He hears every prayer. (Psalms 66:20, KJV) We can be confident when we pray to our Heavenly Father. (Ephesians 3:12, KJV) The problem is that we often enter into prayer with a narrow-minded view and only provide a one-way path of communication: from us to God. Prayer is a two-way communication and not just us presenting our wish list to God.
Whenever we pray we must remember our audience is God. Our prayers should offer our adoration, confessions, thanksgiving, and supplications (or petitions). Our prayers should also offer our ear to LISTEN for His answers and instructions. (1 Peter 3:7, KJV) Even when God appears quiet, we need to be steadfast in our communication with Him. Prayer should draw us closer to God. Our faith in God gives our prayers power, brings peace, and protection. Opening ourselves completely to God allows Him to move on our petitions.
There are key points that we must remember. When we accepted the Gift of Salvation, we surrendered our lives to God for all eternity. In doing so, we acknowledge that His way is best and we are willing submit to His way and will. Our acceptance of this precious gift allowed us to be adopted into God’s divine community of Believers and we became servants of God. Therefore, when we pray we must submit to God’s will and not our own knowing that God knows best.