What is Prayer?

what-is-prayer

What is prayer? We all know that prayer is talking to God, but do we listen? Do we interact? Do we understand His heart? Are we actually connecting, or are we not?

Secular sources define prayer as:

  • a solemn request addressed to God or some other object of worship.
  • an earnest hope or wish.

This description is not what prayer is. A true Christian did not write this definition!

What, then, is prayer?

Prayer is yielding to God–connecting to Him. It’s communicating with your Creator in a relationship. Prayer is dynamic and powerful. It is the birthplace of your walk with God, and it is one of the ways you draw closer to Him.

What is Prayer? (Video #1)

Beginning Prayer

For many people, the first time you cry out to God might be in an emergency. You might not know what to say. Or you are in sorrow and ask God if He’s there. These prayers, if you are truly trying to connect to God for the first time, are real prayers and God is pleased that you are attempting to connect to Him.

Until you are ready to submit your life to Christ, you will be floundering around like a fish out of water when praying. This is because until you are truly born again, you are not a child of God (John 3:3). You are an outsider trying to talk to a stranger.

Before you are a Christian, your unrepented sin blocks you from God, and that sin has not been removed. The wrath of God abides on you (Ephesians 2:3). Sin is any action that is wrong or selfish. We have to recognize that we are sinners before we are able to cry out to God to save us from our sin. If our first cry to God is because of the anguish that other people’s sins have caused us, we are now able to see why sin is so despicable. Sin causes separation, damage, and destruction.

Salvation comes to you when you cry out to God and acknowledge that Jesus died on the cross to take the penalty for your sins, so that you can be forgiven and set free from the power of sin. As a result, He becomes Lord of your life because you recognize that He as your Creator has the right to rule you. (Romans 10:9)

You cannot truly commune with the Lord if you are not saved. Many people who think they are Christians are not actually connected to God (2 Corinthians 13:5). They don’t want to be ruled by God. They want to rule their own lives. True Christians have a supernatural love for other people and a softness in their eyes because God abides in them.

When you are saved, God’s Holy Spirit then takes residence inside your body, and you are able to receive comfort from Him (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). If you are having trouble accessing God’s supernatural comfort, find a true Christian to pray over you, that you might experience His presence in your time of anguish.

Do you have a real prayer life?

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18 Responses to “What is Prayer?”

  1. Andrea says:

    Learning not just to say it – but to listen to Him as well

  2. angie church says:

    love this and yet I do believe that God listens to all. That is my only opinion. I understand there are many view points.

    • Susan says:

      Because God is omniscient, He knows all, so I understand what you are saying. However, He has promised not to hear (or heed) the prayers that come from an unrepented heart.

  3. Amen. It’s sad how many people claim His name, yet want no personal relationship with Him through the privilege of prayer.

  4. Heather Hart says:

    Prayer is such a deep spiritual connection with God, it can be hard to really explain.

    • Susan says:

      When trying to come up with a definition for prayer, I had to pray and think long and hard about it, because the dictionary definition wasn’t really correct and didn’t encapsulate the essence of prayer.

  5. Alice Mills says:

    If it is in our spirit that we receive God, then that also must be where we perceive Him. Good post on prayer. Thank you.

  6. Prayer is our communion with Him. Two way, not one way. We must listen as well as ask. Worship and thanksgiving. Prayer and supplication. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. – Amy

  7. Heather says:

    Prayer has been such a powerful connection to Christ in my life. I not only look forward to my daily talks with God, but try to make sure my children are encouraged to pray and build up their own relationship with our Lord. Wonderful post!

  8. Kristi says:

    We have to be connected to God first, like you said. We have to surrender ourselves and be humble in our prayers so that we can align ourselves with his will and be open to hearing how to change to be in line with it.

  9. Tara says:

    I love that I can pray continually. There is always something to say thanks or ask. It’s good just to be in His presence.

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