Prayer is another extremely important discipline for believers to practice. When explaining prayer one must first understand what prayer is. An anonymous author in an article known as the Quiver wrote the following statement about what prayer is:
“Prayer is the application of want to Him who alone can relieve it. Prayer is the voice of a sinner to Him alone can pardon sin. Prayer is poverty pleading, humility worshipping, penitence confessing, and truth trusting. Prayer is no eloquence, but earnestness. Prayer is the cry of faith to the ear of mercy. Prayer is the language of the heart to Him whom all hearts are open. . . Reader art thou a man of prayer? For men must pray or perish.”
The main idea to point out is that prayer is communicating to God. Donald Whitney was also accurate in his approach to Prayer when he stated, “Those who have been brought under the authority of Christ and the Bible, however, know that the will of God is for us to pray.” In addition to these two quotes, Patrick Morley also defines prayer in his book A Man’s Guide to the Spiritual Disciplines; “I see prayer as the conversation that turns salvation into a close personal relationship with God.” Likewise, there are four main areas to discuss when on the topic of prayer. First, where is prayer shown in the Bible, and what are some passages that support prayer? Secondly, where is prayer commanded in scripture? The third area explains the struggles of spending time in prayer. The final area goes into detail about the main benefits of believers spending time in prayer.
To begin, the scriptures are filled with prayer throughout the Old and New Testament. The main book that shows prayer in the Old Testament is the book of Psalms. On the other hand, ano...
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...on with God is knowing that he is always listening. So, whatever a believer may be dealing with whether it is a good thing or a bad thing, they are able to bring it to a God who is listening and caring for them. Another benefit to prayer is seeing how God uses it. Adele Calhoun states a benefit to prayer, “Keeping company with Jesus whether or not you feel his presence.” This helps show that God can use prayer in many ways. Sometimes God answers prayer with a “yes, no, or not yet.” God is ultimately over all things, and he knows just what every Christian needs and when they need it. This is shown in 1 John 3:20, “For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything,” These are just some of the many benefits to developing a prayer life, and through developing it a believer will begin to see their desire for Christ grow likewise.
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