What Is Prayer?

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How do you view prayer?

Do you pray because you think it’s one more thing you have to check off your list? Do you pray because it makes you feel like a good Christian or because it gives you the sense that you’ve ‘done all you can’ for someone? Do you really believe that prayer has the power to change lives?

Because it does.

The heart of prayer is communication with God.

Prayer is not about asking for a list of things that you don’t really believe you’ll get. Prayer is about talking to God. Prayer is speaking to the God of the universe! How can that not have power? God can do anything; why do we not then ask Him for anything?

This is why: because of the fall, we have lost belief in what an amazing thing prayer really is.

 

1. Creation: God’s people enjoyed complete communion with God.

When God created the world, he created Adam and Eve in His image. They were able to talk to Him, in person. And they didn’t feel afraid, or unsure, or disbelieving. It was beautiful.

2.  Fall: We were separated from God by sin.

Then came the fall. Sin was brought into the world. And in that one little mistake, everything was ruined, including our ability to communicate with our God. We became ashamed, uncertain, or just didn’t believe anymore that He heard us or cared about us.

3. Redemption: God, through Christ, restored the ability to pray and communicate with Him.

God didn’t leave us in this state, though; he gave us a chance to restore our previous communion with Him. In Christ, he provided a go-between, a way for us to be close to Him as we once were. When we accept Christ, we are given this renewed opportunity.

 

Prayer is a privilege, not a duty.

Prayer is not about being a good Christian or doing your duty by your neighbor. The ability to communicate with God is an amazing, powerful, and wonderful privilege. Don’t take it lightly! Treasure your prayer time. Don’t let anything get in the way of it. As you do it more and more, you will come to love it and see what a great gift this is.

Are you treating prayer like a conversation or like one more thing to check off your to-do list? Tell me in the comments below! 

love, grace

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