By Kate Tamale-Sali
Prayer is communicating with God the Creator of everything and everyone. Just like communication helps us build relationships in our daily lives, so does prayer help us connect with God.
God created us to function spiritually, emotionally, and physically through prayer to Him alone. He longs to have a personal relationship with you and I because He loves each of us unconditionally. It is His desire to meet us when we pray.
Our Lord Jesus Christ states clearly in Luke 18:1 that men ought to pray always and not faint. We learn that prayer is key to getting God’s attention to answer our prayers.
How to pray
Prayer is so crucial that the disciples of Jesus asked Him to teach them how to pray (Matthew 6:9-10).
Jesus gave a format of prayer to His disciples and all of us. In that pattern, we are guided to place God first before anything including ourselves. That is what qualifies it as the right way to pray.
“Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name…” God deserves to be given all the glory, honor, and praise.
Adoring and worshiping God gives you a platform to connect with Him (James 1:5, Jeremiah 29:12).
In the second and third requests, we pray for other people for God’s Kingdom of light and love to extend to them.
Giving thanks & repentence
We are to ask and thank God for our daily needs. Next, we ask God to forgive us our sins as we forgive those who wrong us, keeping in mind that Jesus forgave all our sins when He died on the Cross for mankind. We can also pray to ask God to guide and protect us.
You and I must approach God in prayer as a Father, giving Him all the reverence and believing that He hears us when we pray, and has our best interest at heart.
Isaiah 49:15-17 states: “Can a mother forget her suckling child that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yeah they may forget, but I will not forget you.”
Brethren, as we continue daily in prayer, let us refocus and retain our thoughts on Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.
God our Creator, the source of life, is dependable and takes joy in walking in partnership with us as we pray.