How Do We Know When To Pray?
The Holy Bible gives (believers in Christ) many examples of prayer. We are taught how to pray, who to pray to, and when to pray. The Word of God is our guide, strength, and comfort in all things and it is through prayer and thanksgiving that we are able to grow in our walk with Christ.
The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Philippi (modern day Greece), spoke about the need to feed off Christ in prayer and thanksgiving;
- Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. – Philippians 4:6
Jesus taught by example and Word and told the disciples what mattered was not when we prayed but what we believed when we came to our Father in prayer;
- Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them]. – Mark 11:24 KJV
James, in his letter to the church, encouraged those born into Christ to support, strengthen, and to seek healing for one another through prayer;
- Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. – James 5:16
As we come to Jesus Christ and turn away from the world, we begin to feed on The Word more and more. The reborn spirit is strengthened and starts to take ascendancy over the flesh. The positive results of prayer can be seen in many ways;
- We find it easier to turn away from our selfish desires
- We begin to experience a closer relationship with and knowledge of God
- We notice – and others see – the fruit of the spirit in our lives
Should Prayer be a Daily Ritual for All Born-Again Believers?
As we turn to The LORD Jesus Christ and surrender our lives to Him, several things start to happen;
- We abide in His Word (The Holy Bible)
- We begin to spend more time in prayer and thanksgiving
- We become more like Him (and less like our old, sinful, self)
Prayer becomes a part of who we are. No longer do we look at prayer as a ritual or responsibility (as do those who follow man-made religions and dead gods).
As believers in The Living God, we see prayer as life-giving. We embrace our Heavenly Father through prayer and worship. The Spirit of God who abides in all born-again believers is our guide and source of strength – bringing living water to our spirit and helping the seed of Truth to grow within us.
In The Gospel of John, Jesus speaks of the power of His Word and the need for believers to be fed through Him;
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” – John 6:35 KJV
We learn about Him through His Word. We experience His power and provision (by faith) within our lives as we act on His Word. We give thanks to Him through prayer.
Life should not be separated by our faith in Jesus Christ, but made whole in Christ. Prayer equally should not be looked upon as a daily ritual (or chore) but as an ongoing and ever-growing communion with our Heavenly Father through His Son, Jesus Christ.