Scripturally Based Answers For life's Questions
We are happy to pray for you, and we thank you for sending us your requests, but we also want to help people develop their own prayer life. The Bible tells us that we are supposed to pray for each other, and the Apostle Paul always prayed for the people, likewise must be for you. We want God to hear your request and answer your prayer, and we also want to help you develop a wonderful prayer life.
I often say that the Christian life is a life of prayer. Under the old covenant, which is symbolic of the new covenant, the people worshiped in the temple. They would come into the east gate and then come up to the brazen altar where they would offer the sacrifices. Then they passed the basin where they would wash, and the servants would then go into the Holy Place where the candle stand and the show-bread were. Next, they would come just before the Most Holy Place and there was another altar, called “The Golden Altar” or “The Altar of Incense,” which was for the purpose of consecration and prayer. They would get the fire from the first altar and then go and burn incense to the Father in heaven on the Golden Altar, presenting themselves to Him and bringing their prayers. The smoke would rise, and the Bible says that it was sweet in the nostrils of the Lord God. This is what prayer and consecration do. It is how we please God and receive His blessings, provision and leadership.
The Christian life is also a life of faith. A few times in the Bible, it says, “The just shall live by faith.” Every decision, every need, every question, and all direction must be brought to the Father in prayer, and in our prayer, we must consecrate our lives to Him. Not just to ask Him for things, but to bring ourselves and offer ourselves to Him as a living sacrifice. CLICK-Romans 12:1 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Every believer has access to the throne of God.
The Scriptures teach that we must pray to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ, meaning by His authority, and by the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
The disciples of Jesus asked Him to teach them how to pray, and He gave them a sample prayer. A pattern to follow. It does not have to be the exact words, but the pattern gives us a way to pray. He also gave them some ways they were not supposed to pray, which we must likewise consider in our prayer.
Here are a couple more passages that help us to understand prayer more. If you read them, they will give you some wonderful insight into how to pray. God wants to hear your request, He wants to answer you, He wants a relationship with you. Prayer is how we speak to Him and how we hear from Him, but also how He communicates with us.