What is Prayer?
Prayer is a two-way communication between the created and the Divine Creator, who is all-powerful (omnipotent), all-knowing (omniscient), and present everywhere at the same time (omnipresent).
Prayer is a force that releases the power of God to work in our life and on our behalf. This power allows us to speak to Him, and to share the concerns of our heart. Prayer is a stress-reliever, because it allows us to give over to God our problems, issues, and struggles. We no longer have to bear them (Philippians 4:6; Colossians 2:9-10). We do this by faith, knowing that God will rectify our matters in His own timing and in ways that are just, pleasing, and according to His will.
Through prayer, we are constantly reassured that God cares, that He is near, and that He desires that which is best for us. Know this. When we pray, and our circumstances, problems, and/or struggles do not change, this is a sign that God’s desire is to change us. God does not have to change our situation in order to give us the victory. Sometimes, God may choose to bring us through the situation, rather than to deliver us from the situation. However, God’s ultimate purpose is to strengthen and to increase our faith in Him through a greater knowledge of who He is, and what He is able to do on our behalf.
How to Get Your Prayers Answered
Begin your prayer with praise unto God. Acknowledge His Lordship over your life and in the world (I Chronicles 29:10-13); His holiness, and His goodness (Psalm 143:1-12); His mercifulness and willingness to forgive (Colossians 1:12-14); His justice (Jeremiah 32:19, 23); and His faithfulness to His Word (I Kings 8:23-30).
Pray to the Father in the name of Jesus. Jesus gave us the example, for He always directed His prayers to the Father. He also instructs us through the Scriptures that we should pray to the Father in His name.