What Is Prayer & Praying The Bible Way
What Is Prayer & Praying The Bible Way.
Prayer is important to every Christian who believe in God and wants to either obtain a better and clear insight from the Holy Spirit. Because most times, God only get to reveals His direction to us through prayer. And also, It’s impossible to know someone if you don’t spend time with them. Prayer is also an opportunity to spend time with God. To really understand the heart of God, you need to pray. In John 15:15, Jesus says He no longer calls us his servants, but calls us His friends. Talking with God develops a deeper relationship with Him. The deeper the relationship becomes, the more time you want to spend with Him.
According to Pastor Benny Hinny, while he taught about his revelation about prayer, he said something that was so different from every other thing I have learnt in years about prayer. To Him, “You need prayers, more than you seek power!”
Because the devil is no afraid of power, but the devil can only be put to flight when we call in the name of God, through His Son Jesus Christ in prayers. He gave example of God followers who are powerful, but was still tempted by the devil and only got delivered with pray.
John the Baptist was killed by King Herod. This happened then because the Church of God at then, thought with his power and influence, he was going to be released. But it didn’t happen that way. And when king Herod saw it please it people he arrested Apostle Peter. Then the church had to pray and that was what gave the church victory and perter was released by the Holy Ghost. This is to say, our prayer matters and when we prayer, we ought to pray according with understanding with the types of prayers in the Bible.
What Is Prayer
What is prayer? Prayer is our direct line with heaven. Prayer is a communication process that allows us to talk to God!
Importance of Prayer
Prayer is one of the most important things a Christian can do. It is a time they are communicating with God and it should be taken very seriously. While there is deep theological meaning in prayer, it doesn’t have to be something that is complicated and difficult. It’s something anyone can do anywhere at any time.
Types Of Prayer In The Bible
If you are not familiar with prayers understand there are several kinds of prayers which include; Seven types of prayer:
• Communion (All day all the time)
• Supplication (Lifting up your needs)
• Intercession (On behalf of others)
• Spiritual Warfare — There are two types: Dealing with yourself (Your mind is the battlefield) & (Repentance and Forgiveness); Dealing with Satan and demons (Putting on the Full Armor) & (Binding & Loosing)
• Prayers of Agreement (Corporate Prayer)
• Watch & Pray (Continual State of Awareness as a Watchman on the Wall)
• Prayers of Thanksgiving (Count your Blessings name them one by one)
Deep Understanding Praying The Bible Way
Matthew 6:6 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
The first note on prayer was a note focused on the idea of prayer from the father’s perspective, and not from man’s. In this note, we’ll examine Jesus’ idea of prayer in the light of Matthew 6:6.
Prayer in Hebrew is (Tefillah), meaning ‘An act of communication through reflection and self-evaluation based on motive.’ This is what Jesus focuses on in Matthew 6. You say how?
Note this; The idea behind any chapter of the Bible is always found around the first 7/8 verses of that chapter. And in Matthew 6, verse 1 gives us the picture Jesus had in mind when he taught this sermon. Watch this!
Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
The words I highlighted was the lesson he was trying to pass across to them as much as to us. Look at it. “Take heed (or be watchful and observant) … observant that what?
That you do not do your giving before men. Now, we’ll twitch something on that first verse because we already have seen that the foundation of this chapter is to stop trying to do things before men. For explanation sake, let’s remove ‘alms’ from verse 1 and put ‘PRAYERS’ there. Then, let’s read again.
Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your (PRAYERS) before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
What is Jesus saying?…….. He isn’t talking about prayers alone, he is also talking about reflecting and self-evaluation and also, he isn’t saying we should stop praying publicly, no. Go back to verse 6. Remember prayer in Hebrew is SELF-EVALUATION AND REFLECTINGS,so he’s saying;
When you reflect and evaluate yourself in communication or in exchange of ideas with God, do not do it publicly with an inner intent on receiving praise and accolades from men, where they would say you’re a good person and spiritual. He says assess yourself, do your givings and prayers, not with a hidden-motive to be praised and scored good or great by man, but do it secretly (i.e without telling others what you gave or prayed about, so that they don’t think the results came because of you, even if it comes through you) and do it quietly with a right motive so that God which see’s your motive and actions done in secret will bless you. How? Publicly.
The opposite is doing it and telling others of your deeds so that men will think you to be great and Powerful. And in doing so, you have already lost the eternal Reward because of a temporary praise from man which isn’t bad, but the motive unconsciously hidden in your thoughts was wrong all along. How sad.