A collective body in prayer is powerful. A beautiful expression of our love for Yeshua, our daily manna from Heaven, our hearts seeking closeness with the Maker of Heaven and Earth, prayer is communicating with our Father. I desire to walk with the Lord and imagine my life as Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.” How else are we to get close to the Lord without talking, worshiping, praising, reading and listening? I believe we are called to pray, seek after the Lord, keep asking, knocking, and looking for the door to be open (Matthew 7:7-8).
Prayer is beautiful. I bring my own prayers to the Lord in thanksgiving, praise, worship and song, tearfully in pain, and desiring the best for my family.
I pray for those in ministry, those who spread the Gospel of Christ, and those who tirelessly work for God. I sing a worship song, hands lifted and thankful I have been saved by the Blood of the Lamb, a song of prayer. I repeat my favorite Psalms throughout the day, giving praise to the King, a hymn of prayer. I fall on my knees in devotion and reverential fear to the Lord, seeking His will and wisdom; a heartfelt prayer of servant hood. I cry out to the Lord in desperate need of healing for my heart, the actions of someone who cut me deep and seeking the forgiveness needed whelms in my heart as tears stream down my face; a prayer of healing, love, and the Christian walk. I lift my hands, praising the Lord, dancing as David, laughing joyfully in excitement and breathtaking awe; a prayer of joy, adoration, and answered prayer. Prayer is communication with God.
The Lord Jesus of Nazareth said we should not be as the hypocrites, praying in the churches and out in public to be seen by men for their impure motives and showman, lackluster prayers. Christ encourages us to go in to our rooms, close the door and pray to our Father who sees what is done in secret and already knows our needs. We are not to babble like the pagans, for in their minds, many words and repetitious prayers have little meaning and comfort their own hearts, not God’s (Matthew 6: 5-15). We are to pray to the Lord, in reverential awe seeking His will and not our own. We are to give thanks for what God has given us, already knowing our physical and spiritual needs. We are to pray asking Christ to cleanse us from the inside out, healing our hearts, forgiving those who have scarred a part of us as we are forgiven by the Lord in a sacrificial prayer of thanksgiving. We are to pray, armoring our bodies with the weapons of our warfare and Scripture, Christ as our example, to fight the “ruler of the kingdom of the air” and the temptations the devil attempts to dismantle our minds with. We are to pray, “your will be done”, not mine as our Christian walk is tested, purified and washed clean by the blood of Christ (Matthew 6:9-15).
My heart’s desire is your church is alive with prayer. Christ demanded His “Father’s House be a House of Prayer” as it should be (Isaiah, 56:7, Matthew 21:13, Mark 11:17, Luke 19:46).
Praying for the Gospel to spread, praying for God’s will of the church’s direction, the salvation for unbelievers, to help those in need, the servant hood of the congregation and overcoming obstacles should be on the lips of all Christians in your church (John 17). I believe as written in the letter of James, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) James encourages those to seek prayer and praise to those in the faith as he pens, “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:13-15)
I am inspired by those very words of prayer. Christ said if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, it can move mountains; how much more if use that faith filled prayer for unbelievers (Matthew 17:20). Prayer is power.
Praying with a faithful prayer warrior is amazing, for there is a spiritual connection that can not be broken. My prayer warrior is Cathie. I can call her anytime, day or night, requesting faithful mustard seed prayers and she is on it. I feel comfortable, for God has given me this friend to confess my thoughts and “sins” in confidence, prayerfully seeking another to help stand with me. Just a note of caution, please beware of whom you speak in confidence and ask prayer from. A trusted elder, pastor, deaconess, or friend (not many friends, but one close friend) you can share your heart with, are ones God can or will give you. If you feel led to fast, then give God a breakfast, lunch or dinner with prayer and petitions. I have had friends in prayer and fasting for months. A friend of mine was in prayer and fasting for six months regarding her marriage. After walking out on his family, my friend set out for God’s will for her marriage. She fasted her breakfast and lunch for six months; today, her husband is a preacher spreading the Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth.
I have prayed and fasted for Tommy throughout these ten years. When I felt the desire for change, the desire to be this noble wife, the desire for our marriage to grow and the desire for us to walk as the disciples in pairs, I prayed and fasted. My fasting could have lasted a meal, a day or a week, not matter the length, the point was to give this prayer, this situation to the Lord. Jesus spoke about prayer and fasting in the Gospel of Mark when confronted with disciples who could not heal a boy of an evil spirit, “This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:29) I believe there will be situations where seeking the will of God, desiring release from strongholds, renewing your mind and fasting along side a friend or family member in need will arise some time during you walk with the Lord. The fast is to remind us of our spiritual need; for when my belly would growl, I would pray all the more.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus of Nazareth went alone to pray. He would pray in lonely and desolate places, at times throughout the night when making decisions as with choosing the twelve disciples. As beginning with this book, I pray you find yourself alone, listening for the Lord and giving him a heartfelt prayer. If Christ is our example, how much more should we be in prayer. Whether talking to the Lord about your day, whether a memory of someone springs forth and you pray for that person, whether singing a Psalm and giving thanks, or whether on your knees seeking healing, forgiveness or God’s will, prayer is essential for a close, deep relationship with the Lord.
I have taught my children to pray. I myself pray and ask the Lord to guide my prayers. If a Scripture comes to mind while in prayer, I repeat, “It is written….” I have taught my children to do the same. I strive to reflect Christ. My goal is to memorize Scripture so when confronted with a situation or someone asks me to pray for ___________, I am prepared with the Word of God. I remember Isaiah 55:11, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” God’s words are POWERFUL! His words hold the keys to wisdom and knowledge, my words are empty. His words created the earth and its foundations; my words have created sin and destruction. His words are life, bringing health and nourishment to the bones; my words have cause death to friendships, scars to family and erroneous memories.
I encourage you to memorize a scripture a day. By the end of the year, you would have 365 scriptures etched in your mind, ready to pray and confess the Word of God. Sing a Psalm, worship with hands and heart ready; lay your life down at the cross in prayer. What do you think we will be doing in Heaven? Worshiping the Lamb!