One of the greatest blessings enjoyed by Christians in this life is the privilege of prayer, by which we can approach God, the great creator of both heaven and earth. “Prayer is talking with Jesus.” “Prayer is an offering up of our desires to God for all things lawful and needful, with humble confidence that we shall obtain them through the mediation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” “Prayer is the soul of man talking to God.” Our prayers should be directed to God the Father, Acts 12:5, in the name of Jesus Christ, John 14:13, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, Eph. 6:18. We are instructed to pray everywhere, I Tim. 2:8 and to pray always, Luke 18:1.
Prayer should consist of at least four parts – ACTS
Adoration – praise and worship of the soul to god, Psa. 95:6
Confession – repentance from every know sin, Psa. 32:5
Thanksgiving – Phil. 4:6 – be thankful for anything, everything
Supplication – intercession, requests, petitions and desires, I Tim. 2:1
In Matthew 6:9-13, our Lord gives us instructions as to how to pray. This prayer is often referred to as the Disciples Prayer.
After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13
One of the greatest promises in God’s Holy Word concerning prayer is found in John 15:7 and this is a promise that we Christians can certainly cling to in this troubled day in which we live. There is, however, a prerequisite for this to become a reality in our lives, and that is the concept of ABIDING in HIM.
See separate study on this subject in the Bible Study page.