Sometimes, we talk too much about prayer but we do not pray enough. My goal here with these messages is not to teach you about prayer but to encourage you to pray. We just need to pray, just do it!
Besides what to pray for here are other aspects that we learn with Jesus about prayer.
2 – Pray With – This happens when two, three, or more gather together for a prayer meeting. People need to pray with other people. We learn how to pray by praying with people who know how to do it.
When Jesus was facing the most terrible time in his earthly life, He asked three disciples to pray with Him. Here is the text: “Matt. 26:36-38 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
It is important for us to gather for prayer on a regular basis. There is a program called triplets prayer that works very well all over the world. Three people get together to pray for themselves, their church, family, etc.
It is a simple meeting, not much talking, just praying. The agenda is given by the Holy Spirit. Everyone prays about what is in his/her heart.
Sometimes a circumstance in the life of one of them will focus the prayer meeting, but the main goal is to pray for outsiders, church, mission, etc.
Find a prayer group and start participating, if you cannot find one, start one. Find people who would like to participate in a prayer meeting and start praying.
3 – Pray Any Way – One more thing that I would like to share with you about prayer is to Pray in Any Way. The important thing is to pray, it does not matter how you do it. This is what Jesus taught his disciples: “Matt. 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Ask, seek, knock, no matter how you do it, just do it. People will get familiarized with your personal style of talking to God. If you address God, the Father, in the Name of Jesus, the Bible says that chances are He will listen to your prayer.
If you are going to cry, to mumble, to talk too much, to be short, to be vague or very specific, to be loud, or more settled, if you will stand, or sit, or kneel, it does not matter, the important thing IN PRAYER IS TO DO IT!
Now, in case everything fails, we still have one extra help in the matter of prayer – The Holy Spirit.
When Paul wrote to the Romans and talked about prayer, he made sure to tell them that sometimes we do not know how to pray right, we do not know how to say the right words, and have the right attitude.
Because of that the Holy Spirit will help us in our weakness. Here is the text: “Rom. 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”
God, through His Spirit, will search our hearts and find our needs, even when we do not know how to express them in words, and He will intercede for us.
So, no matter when you pray, how you pray, or with whom you pray, do not forget, the Spirit of God is present to make your prayer right in the sight of God.
The important thing in prayer is DO IT!
Have a blessed week,
I know that it is very easy to talk about prayer, the biggest challenge is to pray.
People know the mechanics of it, everything that they have to do when they pray, even some words, or the right words. The problem is to pray.
People can say when someone is praying in the wrong way, or using wrong words, they can feel an insincere prayer. The difficulty is to pray.
People can detect when someone is preaching through his/her prayer, they can read between lines that there is message there. The trouble is to pray.
We must stop talking about prayer and we should start praying. Just do it!
In the Sermon of the Mountain, Jesus teaches about prayer. This is what He said: Matthew 7: 7-11 – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
In this text Jesus is teaching his disciples how to pray. His disciples saw him praying and wanted to learn how to do it. The same desire should be in our hearts. The desire to pray and to pray right.
Jesus shared with them three important lessons about prayer, what we should do, if we want to pray in the way that Jesus taught his disciples.
1 – Pray For
The first activity of prayer is to pray for someone. We should be able to pray for each other.
This is what the Bible tells us in James,
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
Here are a few steps on how you should do that:
- Ask the person if you could pray for him/her.
- Ask him/her if there is a specific need that should be addressed at that moment.
- Tell him/her that you will say a short prayer.
- If you and him/her feel comfortable put your hand on his/her shoulder or hold his/her hand.
- Say your prayer out loud.
The next step is to know how to do it. Here are some elements that should be incorporated in your prayer.
- Address to God: Dear God, Father, heavenly Father, Almighty God, and others. The Bible reading will give many other terms to address to God.
- Say the need and request.
- Close in the way that Jesus taught His disciples, I pray or ask IN HIS NAME, IN JESUS’ NAME, IN THE NAME OF JESUS. You need to be sure that these are not magic words that will open a door to the presence of God. You must believe that Jesus is the mediator between you and the Father
My challenge for you is to try these simple steps with someone. Just do it!
Have a blessed week,