Psalm 95:6 “Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. Isn’t it wonderful that our Bible has an entire Book dedicated to songs of praise and prayer to Heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit? Book after book, chapter after chapter, the Bible tells us to praise God and pray…there are so many verses about prayer that I couldn’t begin to count them. Jesus prayed to His Father in Heaven. I’ve chose some of my favorite verses to share with you and I know that you have specific verses that speak louder than others to your prayer life.
WOW! “Prayer Life”! What an awesome certainty we have in Heavenly Father that he listens. The Bible tells us over and over again to have a conversation with God and that He’s listening! The more often you pray, the closer you become with the Father, and with time, you’ll find yourself in a state of prayer from morning to evening and sometimes even in your dreams. Prayer will become so integral to your existence that you think of going to God immediately with every hurt and with every joy of thanksgiving; it becomes non-stop conversation. How fantastic is it to know that someone is actually listening to you and that you don’t have to repeat yourself over and over again because HE got it the first time?
Your “Prayer Life” can have so many different connotations: we can pray for others whom we know are experiencing a time of joy or struggling because of sickness, etc. We can pray for ourselves expressing heartfelt desires and repenting of our sin. We can commune with God and say/sing prayers of praise and thanksgiving to Him. I truly believe that it doesn’t matter what we pray for, he’s listening. 1 John 14:5 And this is the confidence that we have in him: if we ask for anything according to his will, he listens to us.
Jesus went off alone to pray to His Father frequently and in Matthew 6: 7-9, He answers his disciples when they ask him how to pray: And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. So then, this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,…
Then there’s the “Power of Prayer”! Have you ever thought about the fact that when you’re on your knees praying, you’re actually sharing in God’s power? John 14:13,14 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son…Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Mark 9:29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Now that we know that He listens to us, because the WORD tells us from beginning to end that this is the case, we need to learn to listen to HIM! You may think that your prayers were unanswered because the result wasn’t what you wanted or expected. Keep in mind, we need to learn to discern whether or not, we’ve actually followed what he wants us to do. The message that I’m trying to share with you is this…don’t rely on yourself and don’t rely on others to have the answers. Go straight to God in every aspect of your life! He’s always there and He’s always listening. Understand that when you think that you didn’t receive exactly the response you wanted…HE knows what’s best for you in your life. Be still and listen! Reflect upon this and ask yourself the question are you giving everything to God in prayer and are you listening? Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.