– John 10:27
When we seek to live a life that is filled with prayer, we discover the nature of God, the many ways He wants to reveal Himself to us, and how we can respond to see His Kingdom come to Earth in greater measure.
Prayer is “talking with God.” In its many forms, it’s a two-way conversation with the Lord that has life-changing results. Prayer is talking with God, not just to God.
Prayer has different expressions, some being: devotional prayer, intercession for revival and justice (Habakkuk 3:2, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Luke 18:7), prayer covering for individuals (1 Timothy 2:1), and praying for the sick (Luke 9:1-2, 6, James 5: 14-15). By praying these different ways, we can encounter God, do the works of the kingdom, and change the world, thus bringing the Kingdom to Earth.
A consistent prayer life is essential and it is only through a lifestyle of prayer that we can receive the fullness of what God has provided for us (Ephesians 3:19).
Prayer is an essential part of our lives as believers, as it causes our spirit to be energised, releases God’s blessing on our circumstances, and results in change in the Church, the nations, and society (2 Chronicles 7:14). Prayer changes the spiritual atmosphere of a city by impacting the movement of angels and demons (Daniel 10:12-21).
The Lord longs to have relationship with those who love Him, and to partner with them in accomplishing His purposes.
Prayer is more than just communing with His heart, and it is more than receiving blessed circumstances or seeing a great revival touch another person’s family, a city, or a nation.
He does not want to rule alone. He is the Supreme Ruler, but in His great humility and kindness He calls us to reign together with Him. God governs the earth in prayerful partnership with His people.
“And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev. 5:10).
Jesus is our King and He is also our Bridegroom with a desire for relationship (Isaiah 61:10). He finds great joy in our friendship and in our partnering with Him in the work of His kingdom (John 3:29).
The Lord’s leadership of His kingdom involves giving more blessing in response to the prayers of His people. In prayer we position ourselves to receive abundant grace and blessing. We must never imagine that we earn or deserve God’s blessing because of our prayers. Rather, prayer is the place of receiving blessing in response to interacting with Him.
Jesus called us to pray with perseverance for God’s help and blessing. He taught us to ask and keep on asking, to seek and keep on seeking, to knock and keep on knocking. The verbs in the Greek are in the continuous present tense, indicating that we are to do these things consistently.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
In our ‘asking, seeking, and knocking’, we are forging and establishing deeper connection with the One we are praying to.
Prayer involves connecting with the Spirit. Jesus made an absolute statement about our inability to walk in the fullness of our destiny in God without growing in prayer or abiding in Christ. Unless we abide in Him, we can do nothing in relation to bearing fruit or maturing spiritually. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
The Lord knows our needs without our asking, yet He waits to give us many things until we ask Him for them. It is easy to think about our needs without verbalizing them. Asking leads to a greater heart-connection with Him (Philippians 4:6).
In a prayer-saturated life, we seek to know His heart, the truth of who He is, and what He is doing and saying. We are in Christ and He in us, and now we are learning how to remain in His love (John 15:9-17). It is by living a prayer-saturated life that we grow up into maturity, learn to recognise and understand His voice, and how to respond to His leading.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)
Be encouraged today to take small steps towards developing that ‘two-way’ communication with God, and be confident that He hears your prayers and will answer the desire of your heart to know Him more.