Everything about Prayer

 Click here to read the Herald Magazine issue, dedicated to the topic, PRAYER.  

Prayer has been defined as the soul’s sincerest desire, either uttered or unexpressed. It is one of the most important blessings and privileges enjoyed by the Christian. It is one of the most powerful tools available to the follower of Jesus. By it we gain direct and immediate access, day or night, to the creator of the universe, our Heavenly Father.

Through prayer, we have the opportunity of presenting to the Lord of Hosts, one-on-one, our praise and thanksgiving, our appreciation and gratitude, our reverence and awe, our hopes and our fears and our needs and requests. He is never too busy to listen to our sincere petitions and praise. Our prayers, if proper, arise to Him as sweet incense (Psalm 141:2).

Prayer is the basis of a two-way conversation with God. Through prayer, we can express our deepest desires and concerns; and through prayer, we can be strengthened and comforted far beyond all human understanding. Prayer is the new creature’s lifeline to spiritual guidance, help and God’s providences, all of which are needed to win the crown of life. Prayer provides access into the courts of heaven.

This issue of the Herald focuses on the blessings and responsibilities associated with prayer. It considers what prayer is and how it should be used. It reviews how it was used by some, such our Lord Jesus, David and Hezekiah, and how it was ignored by others such as Judas. It suggests how we can strengthen our life of prayer and thus, build a stronger, closer, more successful relationship with our Heavenly Father.

We open with “Watch and Pray” which considers how both prayer and watching are vital for a successful Christian walk. “The Power of Prayer” looks at prayers by both Hezekiah and David and what those prayers accomplished in their lives.

“Teach Us to Pray” reviews the model prayer given by Jesus when the disciples asked, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). “The Master’s Life of Prayer” analyzes Jesus’ life of prayer and what elements we should emulate in our Christian lives. “The Difference was Prayer” contrasts how Jesus, Peter, and Judas either used or ignored the privilege of prayer as they faced difficult tests during the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry.

“What Should We Pray For” reviews, in practical terms, the many Scriptures that tell us what we should pray for and what we should not pray for. Finally, “A Selfless Prayer” considers Jesus’ beautiful prayer in John 17 and some of the spiritual lessons it holds for us.

It is our hope that this issue will both encourage and strengthen each of our lives of prayer.

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7 comments to Everything about Prayer

  • Ex Jw

    Is it Biblical to pray to Jesus?

    • Peter K. (admin)

      Ex JW – We can pray to the Father through the Son who is our Advocate. We should not pray directly to Jesus.

      John 6:44 (NASV) “”No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him…”

      John 14:6 (NASV) “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

      James 1:17 (NASV) “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

      1 John 2:1 “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous”

      Online Bible Greek Lexicon on Advocate:

      3875 παράκλητος parakletos par-ak’-lay-tos

      a root word; n m; TDNT-5:800,782; {See TDNT 593 }

      AV-comforter 4, advocate 1; 5

      1) summoned, called to one’s side, esp. called to one’s aid
      1a) one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate
      1b) one who pleads another’s cause with one, an intercessor
      1b1) of Christ in his exaltation at God’s right hand, pleading with God the Father for the pardon of our sins
      1c) in the widest sense, a helper, succourer, aider, assistant
      1c1) of the Holy Spirit destined to take the place of Christ with the apostles (after his ascension to the Father), to lead them to a deeper knowledge of the gospel truth, and give them divine strength needed to enable them to undergo trials and persecutions on behalf of the divine kingdom

      James 1:17 (NASV) “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

      Luke 11:9 (NASV) “And He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.”

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