Article by Pat Marriott What is Prayer and what can it do? Prayer is a powerful tool that allows us to communicate with God. It allows us to build a relationship with God. Prayer is the practice of the presence of God. It is where our hope is lifted and our supplications are made. God wants us to talk with him (Isaiah 1:8). Prayer deepens our relationship with God. It can change things, people, and ultimately our world.
Who Prays? Christians pray and most religions have a way in which they pray. Even Jesus prayed to God the Father (Mark 14:32-35). "And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane and he saith to his disciples, 'Sit ye here, while I pray'. And He taketh with him Peter and John, and began to be sore amazed, and be very heavy; and saith unto them, 'My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here and watch'. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him And said, 'Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee, take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.'"
Why Pray? We are instructed to pray based on God's love. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). We pray based on God's love for us (John 3:16). Prayer also protects, delivers, and heals us. It keeps us connected to God. God wants us to call on him. He promises that when we call on him, he will answer (Isaiah 58:9) When to Pray? There is no set time to pray, but some of the most common times are upon waking up in the morning, going to bed at night, at meal times, and times of crises. We are to pray when things are good, and when things are not so good. We are instructed to pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17). How we pray, why we pray, and when we pray, do it all for the glory of God. Let Jesus be your teacher.