Introduction to Prayer
Prayer for the Christian is a form of communication with God, a direct line to their maker and Lord. This is very important because this is where you get to go to God with your problems, with thankfulness for all that he has given you, and to ask for help for other people. Through prayer you can confess your sins and ask for forgiveness, you can ask for the wisdom to get answers to your problems, you can ask him to heal your sickness and keep an watchful eye on your loved ones who are away from you. Not only is prayer just to ask God for things, you can tell God thank you for all he has done in your life, you can share your inner most secrets and you can simply go to God and enjoy your time together. Prayer is your one on one, uninterrupted, no telephone line needed communication with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and prayer is a way for the Holy Spirit to help you express the things to God that your mouth cannot speak and that your mind cannot comprehend.
If you pray God will answer
Preparing for Prayer
Before you get ready to pray you must remember that there are many important things you must do before you step into the Holy of the Holiest places (the Prayer Closet) to speak to God. The first thing you will need to do is cleanse yourself. This is a physical bathing, this is the cleansing of your soul. To do this you will need to ask for the forgiveness of Jesus by confessing that you are indeed sinful, by telling God what those sins are and asking him for forgiveness.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Once you have done this you are cleansed of your sin and can go ahead and go to God with your prayer. The Bible tells you that once you have told God your sins, confessed and asked forgiveness, God will forgive and forget.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Hebrews 8:12
Getting Ready For Your Meeting with God
Once you have prepared yourself for prayer, you may want to also learn how to present yourself to God. Your presentation does not have to do with how you look or even your manner of speaking, it has to do with the way you present your spiritual self before your God.
Your Spiritual Presentation should be:
1. Bold. You should come to God with no fear and with the understanding that he wants you to do this and that he wants to hear what you have to say. "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in times of need." Hebrews 4:16
2. With Thanksgiving. From the moment you get there till the moment you leave, you should be thankful for all that God has done for you. You should "enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise." Psalms 100:4
3. Be ready to let it all hang out. You should tell God everything, no matter what it may be, there is nothing you can hide anyway. "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." Philippians 4:6
Just a note leave the prayer the way you came, with thanksgiving. You should be thankful when you come to God, while you are there with God, and when you leave the company of God (not that you could actually do that) you should do so with thanksgiving. In fact, if you are simply sitting in your house right now, you can thank God.
Who Do You Pray To
Contrary to popular belief you do not pray to Jesus, you pray to God in the name of Jesus. You can have conversation with Jesus, share your life with Jesus, be a brother or sister or even best friend with Jesus but for prayer you take it to the Father. Jesus tells you that you can ask the Father for anything in his name, but the point here is that you must ask the Father for it.
Verily, Verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the father in my name, He will give it to you. John 16:23
In fact if you ask for it from the Father and you ask for it in Jesus name, then Jesus will help you out and help you pray to the Father for it.
At that day, ye shall ask in my name, and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you. John 16:26
You Get Help When You Pray
Guess what the best part is, that when you pray, you are not alone, you are not praying by yourself. Because as you pray to the Father, Jesus is also praying for you as I mentioned earlier. And the Holy Spirit is also helping you out as well, in fact he is not only helping you but he is better than you at praying.
"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities, for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." Romans 8:26
The most important thing that you should do is to have faith that your prayers are heard and will be answered. This is very important to whether or not your prayer is accepted and appreciated by God, because your faith is what gets it done. You should be sure and positive that God heard you and will send you an answer to whatever your problem may be.
"For verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; nothing shall be impossible unto you." Matthew 17:20
Just so that you know, God answers all prayer, if you have prayed he answers, however sometimes the answer is not now, not that way, or just plain No. He may say well son I know you want a new house, a new job or some other such thing, but you will have to wait, you won't get it now, but if you have faith, what you do get may surpass even your wildest dreams.
You may hear, not that way, when you ask God for something, he may have another plan, his thinking is not our thinking and he knows better what we need than we do. He will give you what you need in the way he wants you to have it.
Lastly, and I know you don't want to hear this, but sometimes the answer is No. He may say no, because the outcome from such a thing would be worse than the thing itself.
An Example: Cheryl's grandmother was dying, she never complained and Cheryl prayed everyday that God save her grandmother. However a couple of weeks later Cheryl's grandmother died. Cheryl was outrageously angry with God, and was irritated that he had not answered her. A few months later Cheryl was having lunch with a friend when she saw her Grandmother's doctor. She went up to thank him for his efforts, while there the doctor said, at least your grandmother finally got some rest from the constant pain. Cheryl asked why he said that and told him her grandmother never complained of pain. The Doctor said "honey your grandmother has been in pain for 16 years, constant never ending pain, she never complained because she did not want you and your family to worry, had she lived that pain would have continued as even pain relievers did not work. When she passed away, at the end, she smiled and said God is with her and she feels no more pain. Cheryl got her answer and it was "NO!", her grandmother was now at peace and no longer feeling that pain which would have been far worse for her grandmother.
Remember guys, God loves you and is always with you. If you pray for something, God is listening and he wants you to have what you need. Jesus and the Holy Spirit are right there with you praying. God will then give you an answer and sometimes that answer is Yes, Not Yet, Not that Way or just plain No. But by faith, true faith our prayers can move mountains even if we are as small as a mustard seed.