Prayer Explained

This eBibleguide explains what prayer is and is not. It starts with a detailed but simplified explanation of prayer. Then it explains what prayer is not.

Finally, the guide explains how prayer works and concludes with the benefits of prayer.

All explanations are backed up by scriptures.

What is Prayer?

What is Prayer?

Prayer is a two-way spiritual communication between Man and God. Every one that has accepted Jesus as Lord and savior has a direct line to God (John 16:23).

Therefore, prayer for a follower of Jesus is a direct-line communication with God. Prayer is also a worship to God (Matthew 6:9).

Knowledge of the Word of God (The Bible) is important to prayer. This is because effective prayer requires you to know who God is. The only sure way to know who God is is through His Word (The Bible).

Another reason the knowledge of the Bible is important to prayer is that effective prayer is essentially talking to God about His promises (Isaiah 43:26).

Finally, for this section, prayer is a two-way communication and is based on faith since you do not see God physically (John 1:18). Therefore, when you say things to God (pray), learn to listen for Him to speak to you (1 Samuel 3:7).

One way God will speak to you is through your thoughts – most times, reminding you of what you read in the Bible. He may also remind you of an experience or an event.

God speaks to us through other means but the most reliable way is through His Word (The Bible).

What Prayer is NOT

What Prayer is NOT

Prayer is NOT a monologue (one directional speech). It is not a time for man to ask, ask and ask. It is a time listen and learn to hear the Lord speak as well (Job 33:14, Jeremiah 33:3).

Prayer is also NOT a time to lament and complain (Exodus 15:24). Yes, it is okay to tell God how you feel – just like you would tell your earthly father (Job 7:11).

However, if you use your prayer time just to complain and lament, it is ineffective.

How Prayer Works

How Prayer Works
  1. Study God’s Word to know Him and learn His promises (Joshua 1:8)
  2. See God as your Father (John 1:12) and relate to Him that way
  3. Talk to God (pray) by referring to God’s Word (The Bible). Also remind Him of His promises. You may also tell God how you feel.
  4. Expect to hear back from God. Stay quiet and try to think about some of the texts you have read in the Bible
  5. When you pray, pray in faith (Hebrews 11:6) – believing that God is listening, because if you follow Jesus, He actually listens! (John 16:23)

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Victor Ashiedu
Victor started following Christ on December 30th, 1999. He believes that believers have to spend time in God's word - the more you know the Word, the more you know your rights in Christ Jesus! He started eBibleguide.com, firstly to help him stay in God's Word. But, eBibleguide.com also hopes to contribute to the Christain community.

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