Prayer is having a relationship with the one who loved us first, that is our Heavenly Father. Even Jesus knew how important it was to have an open line of communication with His Father through prayer. He would often go off and be by Himself to pray. Their relationship was very important because He would hear from the Father and came to know the perfect will of the Father. He was lead into the wilderness by the Spirit after He was baptized and faced temptation by satan. He had to know who He was and what His purpose was to resist the temptation that He faced from satan. This was accomplished through fasting and prayer to the Father.
(Matt 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13)
As stated above, prayer is having a relationship with the one you love. If I did not take the time to spend with my wife, how would our relationship grow? I would not know her needs or desires. Yes it takes time, but it is necessary to keep the relationship strong. We get to know each other’s desires and needs and to keep our love for each other on the increase. One way that you can do that is to pray for each other. We learned in a marriage class that we should take the time, sit across from other, look into each other eyes and pray the qualities that the Lord has put in each other. It not only builds up your spouse, it also strengthens your relationship with your spouse and keeps you built up. The encouragement is amazing. It gives you strength to go through your day because your spouse is declaring over you what God says about you.
When you spend time in prayer, you are developing a personal relationship with God. You do not just know about Him, you actually get to know Him. Quote from John Paul Jackson: “The effectiveness of your prayer will rise in direct proportion to the depth of your relationship with God.” This means you are spending time in His word, getting to know His ways, and His Holy Spirit. When you are praying you become attuned to knowing what the will of the Father is. (Matthew 6:10 Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven). Not our will but His will is accomplished through us. (Isaiah 55 vs. 8 & 9 “For My thoughts are not your thought nor your ways My ways” says the Lord vs. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are My ways higher than yours ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.)
When we pray that His will become accomplished we are attuned to His higher thoughts and ways. His purpose is being accomplished in the whole earth.
For our prayers to be effective we should acknowledge where we have fallen short and confess and turn away from our sin. Even if we harbor any unforgiveness towards someone, our prayers will be hindered. In the Lord’s Prayer we pray that, “He would forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors.” Matthew 6:12. This includes family members, people in the church, outside the church and your spouse. Forgiveness is a vital part of our relationship with God and to our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. He has forgiven us of a debt that we can never repay, by sending His Son into the earth to save us from our sins. He is a Lover of His creation which is us. We need to walk in that same forgiveness. When walking in forgiveness our will then becomes spiritually aligned to God’s will.
When we pray and stay in constant communication with Father, we stand in faith that He will answer our prayers. We are not to doubt or pull back from His perfect will for our life, our family’s life, and for all the people who call upon His Name.
Prayer/Altar Team Leader