What Is Prayer?
Prayer is an authentic, ongoing conversation with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. You communicate with honour and transparency to God and He communicates lovingly and truthfully to you. You can do this quietly in your mind, speaking aloud, non-verbal gestures, writing, etc. Praying is the most important way to build your relationship with the Lord.
Your depth of knowing God, depends on your choice and willingness to surrender. Let me explain, to know God the Father and Holy Spirit intimately, you first must welcome relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The reason for this is that Jesus’ blood shed on the cross is the only thing that makes you perfect enough to have relationship with perfect God. When you personally accept Jesus’ sacrificial death and physical resurrection, apologize to Him for your mistakes (sins) and invite Him into your life to lead you, God shifts from being outside of you to inside. This internal dwelling of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit is what can make your relationship and prayer life more profound and intimate with God. He is no longer “the universe” or far off, you can know and experience Him deeply within.
The Most Important Prayer
To experience this inner knowing of the Lord, pray this prayer from your heart:
Thank You for dying on the cross and paying the punishment for all my imperfections and sins. I’m sorry for everything I have done wrong in Your eyes. Thank You that Your shed blood cleanses me from every sin. I believe that You are the Son of God and that You rose from the dead. I now invite You, Lord Jesus, to come into my life by Your Holy Spirit, to save me, heal me, help me and lead me everyday. Please restore my relationship with You, the Father and the Holy Spirit. Thank You that when I die, I will live with You forever, Amen.
Congratulations! In believing and declaring the above prayer, you are now right with God through Jesus! It’s that simple to start relationship with Him. God the Holy Spirit has moved inside and you can enjoy deep connection with Him. You can also get to know Him more by reading God’s written Word, The Holy Bible. Check it out at: https://www.biblegateway.com/
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Many people treat God like a genie in a bottle. When I first followed Jesus, my prayers were about what I wanted and telling God how to help me with my plans. Now after years of following, surrendering and becoming more like Jesus, my prayers are often, “God, what do You want? Have Your way. Your will be done.”
Releasing God of all my expectations of Him and the way He should answer and respond to my prayers changed my prayer life. Imagine our world if God were obligated to fulfill the will and expectation of every human being. That would be disastrous! Thankfully, the LORD is obligated only to His will. So now when I pray, I ask the LORD what He wants regarding situations and people, listen for His answer and then pray it back to Him. As a result, I see incredible and specific answers to my prayers.
Your prayer life requires making it part of your everyday. Just like exercising your body or brushing your teeth, make it an intentional holy habit. At this point in my life, it’s like I never hang up the phone on God, we are constantly communicating. Healthy prayer life, healthy relationship with God.