What is Prayer?
Prayer is essentially talking to God. You can be praying verbally or thinking within your head, but God hears you either way. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that God, “judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” This shows us that God knows our thoughts and we can talk to Him silently in our minds and He hears us just the same.
Why do we Pray?
Communication is vital in relationships. Praying is how we communicate what God. By praying we develop a heart connection with God and we become more familiar with God. Prayer is born out of the desire just to know God and love God with every possible breath. That’s why we pray. We pray to bond with God.
How to Pray?
A simple way to speak out your prayer. With other christian friends, they can hear your prayer and agree with you. Here’s an example of a simple prayer:
Dear God, I am feeling anxious right now. I commit this anxiety into your hands. Take it away and fill me with your peace right now. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Prayer doesn’t need to be long or complicated. We can pray an amazing amount of things in a short time.
2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us that ”God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
James 5:16 tells us that “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
By this, we know that our prayers are powerful and effective. You, as a Christian, your prayers are powerful and effective.
Types of Prayer
Beni Johnson describes a number of different types of prayer in her book, The Happy Intercessor. I grew up thinking that in order to pray, I had to use words. Through this book, I realized that in my past, God had already given me experiences of wordless prayers.
Here are some of the different types described:
Contemplative prayer is an inner prayer, a form of meditation, a dwelling on God. Beni Johnson describes it as an awareness of God. Some people, when contemplating God, will take a verse that describes God and ponder over it. As they ponder over it in stillness, they develop an awareness of God and His Presence with them.
During travail, your prayers are deep cries and groans that come from your inner man. An example of travail is the prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Luke 22：44 tells us that “being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” Travail is an intensely emotional prayer. Even if no words can be expressed, the actions are an expression of the deep emotion.
I experienced this when I was on a mission trip. During that time, we got to know a group of friends on the mission field and we introduced Jesus to them. However, they found it hard to believe in Jesus and it felt like they were rejecting him. When I went back to my room that night, I was worshiping God and playing my guitar. As I played the guitar, I felt a wave of love and grief overwhelm me. It was an intense mixture of longing and grief. It felt like God was longing to draw my friends into a relationship with Him. At the same time, it was painful as they were rejecting Him at that point in time. I was so overwhelmed that I couldn’t continue singing and I knelt down to pray for them. The emotions were so intense that I couldn’t utter any words other than to weep painfully over their rejection.
After reading Beni Johnson’s book, The Happy Intercessor, I now understand that what I experienced was a travail and I was praying for them with my actions. That encounter that I had with God was a major milestone in my life. It was a tangible experience of the love, longing and grief that God felt for unbelievers. It was just a tinge of God’s love, but it was sufficient to have me completely undone.
When someone experiences an ecstasy, the only focus of the person is the incredible Presence of God. Often times, we see the person laughing and enjoying the Presence of God. It’s simply a time of connecting with God and experiencing Him.
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Benefits of The Happy Intercessor
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- Learn to pray powerfully
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