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Prayer is…

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. “ Ephesians 6:18

When you think of prayer, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? We asked people around our YWAM location to tell us what comes to mind for them. Here are some of their thoughts:

Prayer is…

  • Relationship with God
  • Connection to God
  • Interceding
  • Friendship
  • Talking to my Father
  • Communication with God
  • Fun
  • Food for my spirit
  • Intimate
  • Being honest and real
  • Aligning heaven and earth
  • A conversation

 

Prayer is not

  • Empty words
  • Mantras
  • Boring
  • Just for the “super spiritual”
  • Pretending you’re perfect
  • Perfect speech
  • Monologue
  • A list of requests

 

We see prayer practiced around the world in religions outside of Christianity and cultures vastly different from North American culture. If you search “prayer ” on Google, you will find prayer defined as, “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.” It’s practiced through songs, chants, rehearsed liturgy, solitude, kneeling at an altar, or crying out; it takes place in group settings, internally in souls and minds, in subways, in nature, in coffee shops, and in the quiet of a room as someone lies down to go to sleep. It can be asking for help, asking for guidance, expressing gratitude, or simply feeling broken and asking to be comforted. Prayer is something we do in the natural that connects us to what’s outside of ourselves, and it does something in the spiritual that we can’t quite grasp in the natural.

When we posture ourselves to pray, God can share things He’s been longing to share with us since the foundation of the world.

The Bible tells us to pray continually (1 Thess. 5:17), to pray in the Spirit (Eph. 8:26), and to pray like Jesus did (Matt. 6). There’s not just one method to what prayer should look like, sound like, or what words need to be used for it to be considered a prayer. When we posture ourselves to pray, God can share things He’s been longing to share with us since the foundation of the world. As we pray as Christians, our hearts become attuned to God’s heart and we start seeing things the way He does. Prayer holds a power that’s unique. It’s a gift we’ve been given by God to commune with Him and to see His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.

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