Adrian Rogers, past president of the Southern Baptist Convention says, “Praying with Power is one of the most important subjects in the world.” One of Jesus’ disciples said unto him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” (Apparently Christians must be taught to pray) ”Jesus initiated their prayer lesson by saying, “Don’t sound a trumpet when you pray,” In contemporary terms he was saying you are talking to God not people. Attracting attention is not the way to pray!
Jesus continued, “Pray in secret,” and then he added, “When you pray don’t use vain repetition as the heathen do for they think they shall be heard by their much speaking. Then Jesus said, “Pray after this manner,” and shared this model prayer with his disciples:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
What is prayer? Prayer is talking to our Heavenly Father. Prayer is asking God to make things good in earth as it is in heaven. Prayer is not an exercise where we bend God’s will and make it fit our will, and please don’t have the notion that prayer is talking God into something that he ordinarily would not want to do.
Prayer has only one purpose. Learning God’s plan becomes our plan and His will becomes our will. How do we determine Gods will? Some things are plainly stated in the Bible! Number one: It is not his will that any should perish, and that his children will know God’s will by abiding in him.
Another way to know his will is by claiming these verses. “Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: BUT THE Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groaning’s which cannot be uttered. And he that searches the hearts know what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27)
Louise Day Ramey is a syndicated columnist who has worked on the staff of Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and is the wife of a former Cookeville, Tenn. Pastor. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.