What Is Prayer To You?
Prayer has become a taboo to many in Christianity and in life in general. As much as I believe that needs can be met when you pray. I believe that the reason many pray is greatly for selfish reasons and therefore many aspect of life’s issues are left unattended because we do not see how it really affects us. We are commanded in Philippians two not to consider just our needs but of others. When the reason for something is wrong there will be great abuse, there has been a great abuse of Prayer.
Prayer to some is an emergency approach to reach God, prayer has become a tool that many try to use or stir God towards personal mundane and selfish needs. We need to engage in prayers that affect the destiny of cities and nations. The fact that cities and nations resemble war zones is a reflection of the fact that the welfare or cities and nations does not really concern the church or believers in general. There is a price for everything, when we pay the price we can then claim ownership of what we desire.
Selfish prayer can only affect and go so far. God is a wonderful father and deals with us according to his mercy. Ministers now put a price tag on the prayers made for people. Is this really prayer or an easy way to take advantage of the ignorance of people eager to see their needs met at all cost. In order not to pursue prayer wrongfully and ignorantly we must define prayer biblically and look at the life of men that really prayed and in particular the life of the man that stands above all that prayed till date; our Lord Jesus.
There are various questions that we must answer before we can genuinely engage in the kind of prayers that will move God into action. Jesus could confidently declared that his father hears him always, this is comforting to the heart of anyone approaching the father in prayer. The scripture declares that if we ask according to his will we know that he hears us. In the weeks to come, we will examine the prayer lives of Jesus, Abraham, Moses, David, Paul etc and present day saints.
Prayer and the study of God’s word, go hand in hand, keep studying and meditating on the word, that you may pray according to his will.
Pastor Tim Babatunde