Twila S. Cooper
November 16, 2012
The purpose of this paper is to reveal a direct correlation between prayer and character development. It is crucial that Christians fully understand this tool that has been put in place in order for us to be able to communicate with the Lord, our Creator. Praying and communing with the Lord leads to and builds not only a stronger relationship with Christ, but it also continues to build us in strength and character. The reflection of Christ should be evident in the life of a Christian through character traits also known as the fruit of the spirit. Prayer strengthens the character of a Christian because it harnesses the heartbeat of God and ultimately requires the Christian servant to know when to speak and even more importantly when to listen. THEOLOGICAL EXPLANATION
In Dr. Towns book, “Core Christianity,” page 61, we clearly see that the Theological definition of prayer is “a face-to-face relationship with God”. Luke 18:1 states that Jesus said unto His followers, “Men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” The word for prayer here is proseuchamai and it came from two words, pros meaning toward and euchamai which means the face. Theologically, there are various extensions of prayer in which we can reach out to Christ. We make our needs and requests known unto the Lord through our prayers and by exalting the Lord. Prayer is not the only form of communication that we have with the Lord. Praise and worship is another form of communication, spiritual warfare and praying against spiritual enemies, repenting and praying for salvation is communicated in prayer, asking the Lord’s blessings and asking the Lord for healing, not only physical healing, but emotional healing as well. In Colossians 1:9, the scripture reads, “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you , and to...