TOPIC: UNDERSTANDING PRAYER
Scripture: Matthew 6: 9. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Beloved, welcome to another Moment of Daily Encounter! Prayer is the number one priesthood ministry of the believers’! And today we shall be looking at why we need to pray as believers.
Although there are so many religions around the world that prays, some pray for the fun of it!
Some pray to appeal to a deity like Baal worshipers (1Kg.18:26). Some pray for the purpose of invoking strange spirits or make incantations etc!
The idea of knowing why we pray?
Who is at the other end receiving our prayer?
Will I ever get answers to my prayers? Etc Were some of the questions that bothered me a lot when I became a Christian!
When I was a Muslim, prayer was a mere recitation!
The five times a day that the Quran commanded the Moslem to pray, are different recitations at different times. So when I became a Christian, I discovered it was quite diflerent! Christians have a different view of what prayer should be!
Although there are many believers who don’t know why we pray and as such prayer is burdensome to them! Some have even adopted traditional method of saying “minus Satan plus God”! Can you call that prayer?
This brings us to the question, why do we pray as Christians? Some have argued that since our God is the all knowing God, He knows our needs and as such there is no need to pray or petition Him for anything. Well, we shall shed light on this matter today and tomorrow.
Why do we need to pray as believers?
1. The number one reason why every believer must pray is that prayer provides a platform for fellowship: God is a Spirit and man is a spirit, it is prayer that provides the platform for the union of spirits, which is known as Koinonia in Greek! Man’s spirit is able to interact with God’s Spirit and both form a partnership.
John 4: 24. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
It is through fellowship we show our dependence on God! To refuse to pray is to refuse to fellowship with God. Hence refusal to pray therefore is a show of our independence of God which is tantamount to pride.
Beloved, it is not all the time we engage in prayer that we must make requests because that negates the primary reason for prayer which is fellowship.
Jesus taught us how to pray by giving us a model, known as the Lord’s prayer. This model begins with adoration;
Matthew 6: 9. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Observe from this scripture that God must be your Father and then approach Him with reference ‘Hallowed be thy name’.
Meaning adore Him! Exhalt Him, worship His Majesty by mentioning His names.
Isaiah 12: 4. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. 5. Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
Beloved, is God your Father? If yes!
Then adore Him daily by singing His praise, make mention of His name as the El-Shaddai, El- Olam, Adonai, Yahweh, El-lohim,. Jeovah -Jire, Jehovah-Nissi etc!
This is how we fellowship daily! You can as well like Abraham bow your head in worship without a song(Gen.17:3), you can do likewise!
You can roll on the ground, postrate, kneel down etc. You can as well add a song just to worship His majesty, the king of Kings and Lord of Lords!
If however, God is not yet your Father, you can make Him that now by giving your heart to Jesus today.
Remember this: Heaven is real and hell is real. The decision to spend eternity with God is now, give your heart to Jesus today.
– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Lord, you are my Father help me to maintain a solid fellowship with you this year in Jesus name.
– As instructed I declare you shall not have any reason to cry or regret this year. If at all you will shed tears, it shall be tears of joy.
– May your life experience a supernatural touch this year in the name of Jesus.
From your brother Alex
God bless you.