What The Bible Says About Prayer – Part 2
In Part 1 of What The Bible Says About Prayer we began to look at what God intended prayer to be. Prayer and spending time with God is about our relationship and fellowship with God. God desires for you to be close to Him, and to be one with Him (unity). And to have a partnership with God in His kingdom work and mission.
In What The Bible Says About Prayer Part 2 we will continue to study what God says about prayer. Prayer is not just asking God for things we want or need. There is much more to prayer than that. What The Bible Say About Prayer Part 2 will look deeper into how to have close fellowship with God through prayer and close communication with Him.
What The Bible Says About Prayer – Part 2
Prayer Is Intimate Communication With Our Heavenly Father
What is the first thing that you think of when you hear the word “prayer” ? Do you think of asking for things ? Praying for someone else ? Or something else ? What does the Bible say about prayer ?
Trust in Him at all times, O people. Pour out your heart to Him.” – Psalm 62:8
God wants your communication with Him to be honest, open, and transparent. And He wants to hear about whatever is in your heart. He cares greatly for you, and cares if you are struggling. God wants you to talk to Him about your struggles. He wants you to share with Him your struggles, or your anxiety, or your worries. God wants you to share with Him honestly your anger, or your feelings of disappointment. And He wants you to share with Him whatever is in your heart. And He wants to share with you what is on His heart.
“Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” -Psalm 55:22
“casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
Communication Is The Act of Making One’s Self Known Or Understood
Communication is the act of making one’s self known or understood by others. It Is the expression of one’s thoughts, ideas, and self.
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words “eternal life” ? Do you think in terms of time & eternity ? Do you think of heaven ? Or something else ?
God defines eternal life as having an intimate relationship & fellowship with Him, where you are getting to know Him more and more, and thus trusting & obeying & following Him. Intimate communication with God is vital to getting to know God better, and hearing His voice is critical to knowing Him and His plans and agenda and dreams for you and your life.
“Now this is eternal life. That they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” – John 17:3
“…that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I AM He.” – Isaiah 43:10
“Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.” – Exodus 33:11
“I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord. I make supplication with my voice to the Lord. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path. In the way where I walk they have hidden a trap for me.” – Psalm 142:1-3
What The Bible Says About Prayer
To Know God Personally Means Much More Than To Know About God
To Know God – the Biblical words for “know God” mean much more than our English word. For most Christians today to know God means to know about God. But God wants so much more for His children than to just know about Him. God wants you to know Him by seeing and experiencing Him in and around your life. When you see and experience God’s faithfulness in your life for example, you then know that God is faithful. This is a much better and more intimate and real knowledge of God than just knowing about Him.
To Know God Requires Good Communication. Good Communication Requires 2 People… God Communicates With You, And You Communicate With God
A close and intimate relationship needs to be a 2-way relationship. Intimate communication needs to be 2-way also, or it is not good communication. Hearing God’s voice is by far the most important part of our prayer and fellowship time with Him. If you are not hearing God’s voice, you are missing out on getting to know Him more, you will miss His plans for you, and you will miss out on the full & abundant life that He wants you to have, which is only found in Him.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” – John 10:27
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” – Jeremiah 33:3
“He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” – John 8:47
In Part 3 of What The Bible Says About Prayer we will continue to study God’s word to better understand what God intended prayer and the Christian life to be.
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