PRAYER FORMALITIES (B)

As mentioned in Part A, for the purpose of clarity of this article, there three major issues on prayer namely;
1. Who can pray? Before we answer this question, we must establish the concept of “Light” and “Darkness” … 1st John 1:5 “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all”. This scripture clearly confirms that God is light.
Now who can be said to be (in) darkness? … 1st John 2:11 “But he that hateth his brother is in darkness and walketh in darkness and knoweth not whither he goeth because that darkness hath blinded his eyes” … 2nd Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness”.
From these scriptures and many more, everyone who has not accepted Jesus as his/her Lord and Savior both in words and in deeds (a believer) is (in) darkness. So that said, from the scriptures above, the answer to this question is that only believers can pray to God and expect answers but there is an exception in 2nd Chronicle 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (emphasis mine) … the exception is called the “Sinner’s Prayer for Forgiveness and Mercy”. So if the unbeliever is not praying for God’s forgiveness and mercy, then he/she is wasting his/her time. There is a popular verse in the Bible that is quoted thus “…thou shall decree a thing and it shall be established…”. That scripture is actually in Job 22:28. It confirms that when we pray, God answers but reading carefully from verse One of Chapter 22, you will find that God is only obliged to answer when the person has repent of his/her sins and has made God(Jesus) Lord over his/her life.
2. What we should pray about/for? The blue print for prayer is in Matthew 6:9-13 popularly called “The Lord’s Prayer”. This is the guideline by which we make up the details of our prayer life.
3. How should we pray? Now this is the crux of this article. This itself generates the following questions;
a. How do we say what we want/ought to say?
b. Is it all about words?
c. When do we pray?
d. What posture must you take when praying?
e. Is there a designated play to pray?
Before we answer these questions under question Three, we need to define Prayer. What is Prayer? It’s simply a two-way communication between Man and God. The content of the communication is largely determined by the Lord himself according Matthew 7:7, Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 18:19, Hebrews 4:16, etc.
It is a two-way communication because it requires you saying something and the Lord himself replying but there are exceptions where the person does not verbally speak because of the depth of the hurt in the heart and yet the Lord understood and granted an “Unspoken” request…1st Samuel 1:12-13 “And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved but her voice was not heard: therefore, Eli thought she had been drunken.”
Also there are exceptions where the person makes a request and stops making or even believing that the request will be granted because of the time delay and biological impossibility of the request at the present time and yet, at a point when he was not even asking or expecting, God grants the request…Zachariah (John the Baptist father)
So enough of the substance of prayer and by the next article we will be back to the formalities.
Till then, God bless you as you keep reading and commenting.

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