When We Pray
And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint (lose heart – Luke 18:1).
Prayer is a very important action in the believer’s life, without prayer, the believer will not grow spiritually and will begin to live according to the world standards rather than living according to the Word of God. Prayer is what changes us and changes the world.
Prayer is something most believer’s have trouble doing. Some think they have to be in a certain position or certain words they must say when all we have to do is be sincere about what we’re praying about. If there is any unforgiveness or resentment in hearts we must release it by asking God to help us to forgive and release people. If we hold on to unforgiveness, we will not be forgiven of our sin which can cause our prayers not to be answered (For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses – Matthew 6:14-15). Prior to praying, we want to check our spirit to make sure there isn’t any unconfessed sins because we don’t want nothing or anyone to hinder our prayers from being answered.
Take time to pray if it’s only for ten minutes, start with ten minutes and be faithful to the time you set aside to pray. As we be faithful, God will increase our prayer time. As God increases our prayer time, He will also begin to drop people, names, places and things to pray for in our minds or spirit. After prayer, take time to hear what God is saying to you. Start with five minutes, and if you can, fifteen minutes. Sometimes God will speak immediately, but the majority of the time, we must wait. If He doesn’t speak, sacrifice that ten or fifteen minutes in silence in His presence and you will begin to see a change in your desire for God and the things of God. When we pray, we’re taking time to commune with our Father, when we sit in silence, we’re waiting to hear from our Father.