The Importance of Prayer

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The Importance of Prayer

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La’Tonya A. Brown
November 16, 2012
Survey of the New Testament
REL 210 - 71B
Prayer can be defined as a reverent petition made to God, a god, or another object of worship, or the act of making a reverent petition to God, a god, or another object of worship; an act of communion with God, a god, or another object of worship, such as in devotion, confession, praise, or thanksgiving; a fervent request; the thing requested; or the slightest chance or hope. Prayer can just simply mean communication with God. Prayer can also lead us into dependence upon God. It involves many aspects and sometimes produces faith. A person with faith without prayer is like a skeleton less a body. Prayer can lead us to confession, conviction, conformation, declaration, decisions of righteousness, standing firm in Jesus, and a victorious life. The importance of daily communication through prayer cannot be overestimated. It is so important that it is mentioned over 250 times in Scripture. Daily prayer gives us an opportunity to share all aspects of our lives with God. Second, daily prayer gives us the chance to express our gratitude for the things He provides. Third, daily prayer provides the platform for confessing our sin and asking for help in overcoming that sin. Fourth, daily prayer is an act of worship and obedience. And finally, daily prayer is a way to acknowledge who is really in control of our lives (http://www.gotquestions.org/daily-prayer.html). Only prayer can invite God’s presence and God’s presence can bring an anointing in our lives. It is through knowing God in prayer that He is able to touch someone’s condition and give wonderful divine revelations. Many of God’s servants are unfit for the Lord’s work because they don’t have a prayer life. Without prayer, God’s servant is like a ship without a sail, not knowing God’s direction and therefore frustration and disappointment replace victory and confidence. A prayerful servant will not only be of use to God but will also know the direction God is leading him. Beginning in Matthew 6:6, we learn that Jesus’ followers are not to make a show of their praying, as hypocrites did. It does not mean that all prayer should be done in private, but sacredly, avoiding all babbling. Jesus didn’t ignore or condemn the lengthy prayers, just the meaningless verbiage. Matthew tells us about what we now know as the “Lord’s Prayer”. It was initially “The Disciples’ Prayer”, and was a model for the Disciples. The prayer nestles at the literary center of the Sermon on the Mount, and the surrounding texts in the Sermon echo the prayer’s concerns. It contains six (6) petitions; three (3) relating more directly to God, and three (3) to us. The order of these petitions is significant and intentional. According to Thomas Watson, all our petitions must agree and harmonize with the things contained in the Lord's Prayer. (http://www.gracegems.org/Watson/lords_prayer1.htm) The first petition is: “Hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9). In this petition, we pray that God's name may shine forth gloriously, and that it may be honored and sanctified by us, in the whole course and tenure of our lives. This petition is set in the forefront, to show that the hallowing of God's name is to be preferred before all things. It is to be preferred before life. It is the first and great petition, and contains the weightiest thing in true religion, which is God's glory. The second petition in the Lord's Prayer is “May your kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10). The kingdom of heaven implies a glorious fruition of all good. The third petition is: “May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). This petition consists of two parts: the matter—doing God's will; and the manner—as it is in heaven. The fourth petition in the Lord's Prayer is “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). In this petition there are two things observable—the...
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