There is a big difference between knowing about a person and knowing a person. A person who never prays can know a lot about God, but only a prayerful person can know God (Psalm 73:25-26; John 10:27-30). We are called to an ever-deepening life of knowing the Lord who loves us and wants us to share our whole lives with him (1 Thessalonians 5:10).
Any mature relationship involves “give” and “take.” Because of who God is, we receive far more than we can ever give, but he asks us to offer:
Praise — appreciating and enjoying him for what he is (Psalm 96:7-8).
Confession — getting rid of blotches on the page (Psalm 32:3-5; 51:1-2).
Thanks — for his gifts, his rescue, and his answers to prayer (Psalm 103:1-5).
Meditation — reflecting on his Scriptures (Joshua 1:8).
Ourselves — willingly, gladly for his service (Romans 12:1-2).
Prayer is not twisting the arm of God. Rather, it is cooperating with him in his purposes for the world. In prayer we discover his mind (Ephesians 5:10, 17) and join in his purpose (Matthew 9:38; 10:5). Praying and working go together (James 2:18-26).
Learning to pray
Though prayer is as natural as speech, like speech, it has to be learned.
- Learn by doing. Make regular times for prayer (Daniel 6:10).Pray alone (Mark 1:35) and with others (Matthew 18:20) because, as in a family, we do not learn to speak in isolation.Learn to pray brief “arrow” prayers as needs arise (Matthew 14:30; Nehemiah 2:4-5).
- Learn from Jesus, starting from his great “pattern” prayer (Luke 11:1-13) and going on to his meditation in John 17.
- Learn from books — e.g., Michel Quoist’s Prayers, and above all else, the Psalms. Hymn and song books can be an inspiration, too.
- Learn from the Holy Spirit, who is given to us to help us pray (Romans 8:15-16, 26-27).
If your prayers aren’t getting answered:ask the following questions to yourself.
- Do you actually pray (James 4:2)?
- Do you mean it (Matthew 7:7)?
- Are your goals selfish (James 4:3)?
- Is there unconfessed sin in the way (James 4:8)?
- Do you persevere in prayer (Luke 18:1-8)?
- Are you seeking God’s will (Mark 14:36)?
Remember that answers do not always come in the form we expect or at the time we demand; we may be meant to answer our own prayer (Matthew 14:15-16); the answer may be no; and sometimes, if he appears not to answer, maybe he wants us to start loving him for who he is, not for what we can get out of him!
Thank you Pastor for this lovely way of praying thru bible scriptures..Many may not not exactly how to pray, praise nd Worship, what to pray and why…or how to start with..This is very essential in our daily life to be connected with God and to be charged. .
Request you to give a teaching on this as many I observe they really don’t do it at home and so they not charged and exicited at all when they come to church to be with God…
As I experience with some one last Sunday nd just happen to ask the same and the answer was no. so I explained what and how exactly sud one spend time with God in early hours of a day..Even about how to give 10th of our time to God..