Prayer: Communication With God
When we pray, we communicate with God. However, God is not the only one involved in the prayer with us.
There are at least eight entities involved in our prayer.
- The prayer itself
- The Petition
- The Holy Spirit
- The Adversary
You: The One Who Prays
When you talk to God, you are the one who is praying. When you talk to God you simply tell Him what is on your mind. Please don't start off requesting anything from Him.
Some people say they don't need to pray because God knows what they need without asking him for anything. That's true. Did you know that the Hebrews were in slavery in Egypt for 430 years? God knew it. The Hebrews knew their condition. However, God did not act until they cried out to God, according to Exodus 3:7.
"The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering'."
Praying is the verb. It is the action that is done. It is communicating with God.
Prayer is the noun. It is the thing that is done. It is the communication with God.
Therefore, it is correct to say, "Praying is Communicating with God." Both underlined words are verbs.
It is also correct to say, "Prayer is Communication with God." Both underlined words are nouns.
God: The One To Whom You Pray
God is the one to whom you should pray. Use a direct address along with an identifier. It is very effective to address God and let His description correspond to your personal situation.
If you need a healing, then your direct address to God could be:
Direct Address: "O God, the Great Physician"
Identifying Statement: "The One who Heals the Sick and Makes Them Well"
Other examples of direct addresses with identifiers:
Direct Address: "Heavenly Father"
Identifier: "The Maker of Heaven and Earth"
Direct Address: "Sovereign God"
Identifier: "God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob"
Here is one directly from the Bible:
Direct Address: "Our Father"
Identifier: "Which art in heaven."
After you have used a direct address followed by an identifying statement, then go on with your prayer.
The petition is the request you make. It might be for a solution to a problem you have or an answer to a question.
Your prayer may be for yourself or you may intercede for someone else.
Then again, your prayer could be one of thanksgiving or exaltation.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit helps you in your prayer. When you don't know what to pray, the Holy Spirit intercedes for you.
"The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us." (Romans 8:26)
"In the Name of Jesus"
Do not pray to Jesus. Instead, pray to His Father in Jesus' name. That is because we cannot go to God on our own. However, Jesus is sitting on the right hand of God interceding for us so we can have access to His Father who is also our Father.
If you go to a company where your friend works, you will not be able to go upstairs to see the president of the company unless your friend speaks up for you and vouches for you.
That's why we end our prayer with the familiar closing: "In the name of Jesus." We can use Jesus' name to get to God.
The "Amen" at the very end of a prayer means "it is so."
The angels take our prayers in a bowl to God.
"Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God's people." Revelation 5:8
"The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God's people, went up before God from the angel's hand." Revelation 8:4
When we pray, we give the angels work to do. Some angels are on unemployment because we don't pray enough to keep them busy.
There is a scene in Mel Gibson's 2004 film, "The Passion of the Christ" when Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. The devil was right there in Jesus' face hearing what He was praying so he could hinder it. If the evil one was that close to the Son of God, it is evident that he is close to us when we pray.
The Bible confirms this because of what happened when Daniel prayed. God answered his prayer the first day he prayed it. However, the adversary held up Daniel's prayer in the second heaven for 21 days. The archangel Michael was able to get the prayer through for Daniel.
"From the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia" (Daniel 10:12-13).
The adversary's job is to hinder your prayer.