For Christians, prayer is simply talking to God. Prayer is a part of many religions that pray to “a god or gods.” However, the focus of this article is on the biblical teaching about prayer and its implications. When Christians pray they offer up their desires to God; desires that are in line with God’s will and are prayed for in the name of Jesus. Prayer also includes confession of any sins and thanking God for His unlimited grace and mercy.
In prayer, a Christian talks to God and God, in turn talks back through His Holy Spirit and His Word. It is through prayer that one discovers the will of God. God knows all about us. While He never condones our weaknesses, He has made ample provision for our recovery and victory. All we need to do is sincerely confess our sin and rest in His promise of forgiveness.
Christians need to emulate the prayer life of Jesus. Just as Jesus desired to be alone with the Father, we too should desire to be alone with Him. Jesus believed in prayer. Through His intimate relationship with the Father, Jesus knew the effectiveness of prayer and the power of prayer. Jesus taught that prayer works. God the Father desires to meet our needs and to respond to the requests of His loving and obedient children. Like Jesus, we can have full confidence the God answers prayer. We simply need to comprehend the mind and heart of Jesus. Then pray like Jesus prayed.
There are many wonderful prayer promises found within the pages of Scripture and God is The One who hears and answers prayer. Answered prayer builds our confidence and gives us boldness to ask God for even greater things. The Bible is the believer’s prayer guide and reveals the nature and necessity of prayer. Prayer is a privilege and should be a vital part of every Christian’s life. Following is a list of eleven pointers for effective and powerful prayer. In addition to the nine shown with the photographs, here are two additional points:
10. We should pray according to the will of God
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22: 42) Jesus committed Himself to undergo both physical death and spiritual separation form His heavenly Father in order to achieve our salvation, (Matthew 27:46). His prayer was “heard” for He was strengthened by His Father to drink the appointed cup, (see Hebrew 5:7).
11. We should pray in faith believing
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21: 21-22) Jesus is speaking of faith and prayer. Answers to prayer are related to our faith. Everything that is in harmony with God's will is possible to perform or receive for those who do not doubt, (Matthew 17:20, Luke 17: 5,6).