- 2 Chronicles 20:12
- Genesis 3:8-13
- Matthew 6:8
Matthew 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Prayer = communion + confidence + confession
Genesis 3:8 – 13 (ESV) 8And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
- Prayer is basically simple conversation with God. There are always only two people represented in true prayer, you and God — and no one else. Prayer is communion with God. Spending mind space focusing on God. No distractions. No disturbances.
- Prayer is a dialogue between you and God. We can not do all the talking and not listen. There are several types of prayer, intercession, thanksgiving, supplication, and various forms of petition, etc., but fundamental to them all is simply a conversation, a dialogue between an individual and God.
- Prayer is not only the utterance of the lips; it is also the desire of the heart. “Pray without ceasing”
(1 Thes. 5:17) does not mean that a Christian is always saying an audible prayer. We are not heard for our much speaking (Matt. 6:7).
- “Pray without ceasing” suggests the attitude of the heart as well as the words of the lips. A
Christian who has his heart fixed on Jesus and is trying to glorify Him is praying constantly even when he is not conscious of it.
- Prayer is not about getting man’s will done in heaven, but about getting God’s will done on earth.
Matthew 6:10 (KJV) 10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. John does not write, “We shall have the requests,” but, “We know that we have the requests” (1 John 5:15). The verb is present tense. We may not see the answer to a prayer immediately, but we have inner confidence that God has answered. This confidence, or faith, is “the evidence of things not seen”
2 Chronicles 20:12 (NASB) 12“O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” 13All Judah was standing before the LORD, with their infants, their wives and their children.
Monday Morning Moment: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Col. 4:2).