We Should Pray More
In these days of affluence very few of us Christians find the need to talk
to and plead with God for supernatural help in day to day Christian living,
yet this is nearly as important to us as that other neglected thing, namely
reading and studying our Bibles.
By reading our Bibles we begin to learn how to pray as we aught.
Prayer should be a way for us each to glorify and thank our Heavenly Father
for His greatness and goodness in addition to our Christian way of living.
There is never a reason not to pray, bearing in mind that every word and
thought is heard.
By praying (and fasting) we can draw God's attention to the importance
of needs in our lives and our concern of the needs of others.
Once we begin to perceive the importance of communicating with God, of
grasping hold of His garment and getting His attention, He will guide us
further into a prayer life because our Living Loving God takes delight
in our worship and dependence on Him. He also wants to use us and the power
of our prayers in His battle with Satan.
The need to pray.
Adam gave the power that God had given him to Satan.
Satan is therefore the god of this world and is in control of the earth
at this present time.
As a result of this, Jesus made a Covenant of blood with the Loving Father
on behalf of mankind, that those who come to Jesus as their Saviour have
willingly forsaken the pleasures that Satan provides and choose the pleasures
that God the Father provides. Christians are therefore strangers and pilgrims
in a world familiar to them.
They must still operate and live in Satan's kingdom, but their loyalty
is with God whom they know is all-powerful, Holy and Righteous.
*To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.* The heavens declare the glory
of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth
speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech
nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone
out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In
them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom
coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run
a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit
unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. The
law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of
the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD
are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is
pure, enlightening the eyes.
Because God is operating under the nose, so to say, of the god of this
world, He requires a method of reaching His citizens, and they need a way
of communicating with Him.
The certainty of the presence and availability of the Holy Spirit of God
can also facilitate a two-way communication where God can speak to His
servant and the servant can converse with his or her Creator.
This is done by prayer.
Once we each believe that the Living God can reach us, He does,
and we experience supernatural wonders and miracles.
What we probably do not immediately realise is that God can morally and
legally accomplish much through us and Satan is powerless to do anything
about it but send red herrings in our way to try and distract us.
A great man of God had this to say on the matter:
We must be aware of distractions, especially the ones that make
us happy, entertain us and fill our days with excitement, are easy for
us to accept, but saying no to temptations and yes to inconveniences and
to the way of the cross is what we have to deliberately choose.
Therefore, we need to be alert and discerning and honestly judge
our hearts to see where we are with our focus regarding the purpose of
God for our life here on earth.
We also need to realise that we are not strong enough to finish this
race on our own. We daily need to ask God for wisdom, discernment and grace
to stay on course. Then at the end of our life, we are able to say "But
none of these things move me," and "I have fought the good fight, I have
finished the race, I have kept the faith."
Moreover, God can ask us to ask Him for Spiritual Gifts or to fill needs
that He can pass on to others. In other words, our Father can ask us to
pray for a certain thing or for a certain person, which He can then morally
Furthermore, if some of us were to receive a prayer language from our Holy
God, it would facilitate two way communication, enabling our Heavenly Father
to act more effectively here on earth. This Spiritual Gift is nevertheless,
not given to all.
It would also seem that the Holy Spirit can communicate in groanings that
we do not understand but however are beneficial to the Heavenly Kingdom.
God therefore wants prayer warriors to further His purpose.
However, it must be perfectly understood that the relationship between
God and man is that of Loving Master and loving servant; and we must each
be willing to do what is asked of us, in faith.
Please understand that all prayer to our Heavenly Father is undertaken
through the person of the Holy Spirit in the name of our Saviour, Jesus
Christ. Jesus is the way, the Truth and the Life and He receives honour
by us who bear His name. This means that we make our requests and give
our thanks in His name - the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is no other!
You might ask "yes, all this is most interesting, but how do I go about
Prayer is talking to God and quietly listening for His answer and can be
done anywhere, while going for a walk, sitting in your car at a traffic
Here is what that great prayer warrior Andrew Murray had to say on the
Do you long to know how you may always experience deliverance from the
sin of prayerlessness? Here you have the secret. Believe in the Son of
God, give Him time in your inner room to reveal Himself in His ever-present
nearness, as the Eternal and Mighty One, the Eternal Love who watches over
you. Then you will experience something that you possibly have not known
before - it has not entered into the heart of man what God can do for those
who love Him.
The way that others pray might not be the way that God is wanting to teach
May the Holy Spirit Comfort and Guide you as you study these few pointers
from His word:
How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur
against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which
they murmur against me. Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith
the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above
all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: And Ezra
blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen,
with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped
the LORD with their faces to the ground. Also Jeshua, and Bani,
and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah,
Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand
the law: and the people stood in their place.
Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the
heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things
that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and
thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. Thou
art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him
forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham; And
foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with him
to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the
Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say,
to his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous:
Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of
Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed
in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east
end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding
with trumpets:) It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were
as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD;
and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals
and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he
is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the
house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that
the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the
glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.
(2 Chronicles 5:12-14)
And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation
of Israel, and spread forth his hands: For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold,
of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and
had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled
down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth
his hands toward heaven, And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is
no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant,
and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with
all their hearts: Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father
that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast
fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day. Now therefore,
O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which
thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight
to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to
their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me. Now then, O
LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto
thy servant David. But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth?
behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much
less this house which I have built! Have respect therefore to the prayer
of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto
the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee: That thine
eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof
thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the
prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place. Hearken therefore unto
the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they
shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even
from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive. If a man sin against his neighbour,
and an oath be laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath come before
thine altar in this house; Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge
thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his
own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his
righteousness. And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the
enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess
thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee in this house; Then
hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and
bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers.
(2 Chronicles 6:12-25)
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would
borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you,
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate
you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That
ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh
his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just
and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have
ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren
only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
- And when thou prayest, thou shalt
not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in
the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen
of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 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. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as
the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their
much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth
what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 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. For if ye forgive
men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if
ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your
trespasses. Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad
countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto
men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when
thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not
unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father,
which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
- (Matthew 6:5-18)
- Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every
one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that
knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son
ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give
him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto
your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give
good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would
that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and
- (Matthew 7:7-12)
- Be careful of this one, it might not be as simple as it
looks at first sight:
- And he spake a parable unto them to this end,
that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There
was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And
there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me
of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said
within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this
widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she
weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall
not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though
he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless
when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
- (Luke 18:1-8)
- And being let go, they went to their own company, and
reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. And
when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord,
and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth,
and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David
hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together
against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy
child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with
the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to
do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And
now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that
with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand
to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy
- (Acts 4:23-30)
- And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem,
even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; And saw him saying
unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of
Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.
And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue
them that believed on thee: And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was
shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the
raiment of them that slew him. And he said unto me, Depart:
for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
- (Acts 22:17-21)
- Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for
we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself
maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And
he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,
because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will
of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
- (Romans 8:26-28)
- Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in every
thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be
made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
- (Philippians 4:6-7)
- And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in
the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
- (Colossians 3:17)
- Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry?
let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders
of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the
name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the
Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven
him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,
that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man
- (James 5:13-16)