Prayer, it gets us all the time. The thing we all say we need to do more of, alongside spending more time with God.
I have lost count of the number of times I’ve used the words of Tina Turner’s song, “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, and though it sounded great at the time, it was never used in the context of the original meaning of the song.
Sometimes it’s like that with us and prayer. We pray but not always in the context of what we are pursuing. For most our prayers are filled with requests for things we desire from God, but if prayer is a two dialogue, a conversation between us and God, a time to intercede and stand in the gap for others, as well as a time of warfare, it is important we know in which context the various avenues of prayer are to be used.
For the past 20 years, I have been rising early in the morning for prayer. In more recent years this changed to silent contemplative prayer. The shift saw me talking less and less in favor of silent contemplative prayer, which was great, but I soon realised that while this kind of prayer worked beautifully during my intimate times alone with God, it didn’t quite hit the mark when it came to interceding for others, doing spiritual warfare or praying for my personal needs which meant in some areas I was soaring, while in others I was becoming weaker and weaker.
Are you aware of the various ways in which to pray or is everything thrown into one basket, hoping for the best outcome? Are you familiar with only one type of prayer, lacking heavily in her areas?
Over the next couple of weeks I aim to share with you how the various aspects of prayer changed my life in just 21 days, and now has me devoting 2 hours a day to prayer, something I never thought I would see myself being capable of doing, but with God all things are possible.
By the end of our time togther my hope is that you will be encouraged to not only make prayer a part of your daily schedule but also how to pray the right prayers at the right time ensuring you see the results you are seeking.
When entering into any form of prayer the one thing we MUST remember and keep at the forefront of our mind is that prayer is the commencement of a conversation between us and God
Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at the following
- Silent / Contemplative Prayer
- Interceding Prayer
- Warfare Prayer
- Prayer and Fasting
- How and when to ptayer the tight prayer
- Prayer that gets results
As God’s children, it is vital that we know not only know how to communicate with Him in prayer but more importantly the many ways in which He communicates with us, which can differ from prayer to prayer, season to season and circumstances surrounding our player.