What is prayer?
Prayer is a way of interacting with God. It is the most intimate way to experience God and grow in the knowledge of him. It is uplifting and refreshes the soul. I find that when I pray I feel very light and completely at peace. Although I do not receive immediate answers, I have this faith and confidence in God that he will answer me according to his perfect will.
God’s desire is for us to pray on all occasions all kinds of prayer and requests (Ephesians 6:18). Personally, I pray about any and everything! From what to wear, to my utterances, getting clarity, I pray for wisdom, my emotions, relationships, marriages, family, children, career, business, challenges, health, you name it! (Philippians 4:16). We must pray fervently (1 Thessalonians 5:16), persistently and frequently! In Luke 11:1, the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray; this goes to show the importance and necessity of prayer!
I remember when I was pregnant with my first son, I heard all kinds of stories; good & bad! There was a lot of information to sieve through & I realized I had to filter out several things for my own good!!! Not because I knew it all, heck I was going to be a mum for the first time and knew nothing, but a lot of fear had been sown into me and I needed to protect myself. I started reading a book – “Supernatural childbirth” given to me by my sister and began writing everything I wanted to experience during my pregnancy through delivery and then for my baby! I would write about the character traits I desired to see in my baby and I continued even after delivery till date. I also asked God for the grace to deliver like the Hebrew woman! I vividly remember writing about my baby’s dentition and praying that it would be perfect. I laughed then because it felt silly of all things to ask for but that’s one feature my son has today that stands out! And each time I think about it I smile inwardly because I take it as a reminder to me from God that he cares about every detail in my life, even the seemingly little things. Remember I prayed for grace to deliver like the Hebrew woman? Now let me tell u something- I desired no pain during labor, yes I literally wanted a supernatural childbirth (Exodus:19) did I get that? Nope! But God gave me supernatural strength through it all.
What am I driving at? There is absolute power in praying! It avails strength, deliverance, revelations, growth and above all, intimacy with God! Prayer isn’t as complex as most see it and you surely don’t have to fit it into a template or use a particular style! If our father Jesus prayed at all times, then we should too! He alone should be our ultimate example in how we ought to pray! To simplify this, I have put together what I like to call a prayer /declaration cheat sheet.
Who am I?
I am who God says I am (1 Corinthians 15:10) – born of God and the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)
I am complete in him who is the head over all rulers and authority (Colossians 2:10) A royal priesthood, a holy nation and chosen generation who has been called to show forth his glory.
I am alive in christ, far from oppression and will not live in fear (Isaiah 54:14)
What am I believing God for today?
Look as far as you can see, it is all yours -Genesis 13:15 (Personalize it) Not by power, not by might but by my spirit says the Lord of hosts! (Zechariah 4:6).
What are my perceived challenges?
Who are thee o yea mountain (insert challenge/problem here) before Zerubabel (insert your name)? Be made plain for my hands shall finish the work which I have started! There shall be no abandoned projects in my life in Jesus name! Amen (Zechariah 4:7-9).
For with God nothing is impossible for (insert your name here)! (Luke 1:37)
These few questions, although little has captured several aspects & issues of life! God is all knowing & he sees through us! Just go humbly to him in whichever manner you find comfortable and express yourself to him. He hears you and he’ll answer you!