Jesus challenges us to pray effectively. He shows us the way.
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. ~~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Prayer is not meditation or passive reflection; it is direct address to God. It is the communication of the human soul with the Master who created the soul.So what is prayer? The most basic definition of prayer is “talking with God.”
Prayer is the primary way for the believer in Jesus the Messiah to communicate his emotions and desires with God and to fellowship with God.
I need to learn how to pray. Jesus teaches me. I can grow and grow. I have a patient Master.
Prayer — What does God expect when I talk with Him?
God expects me to pray. Jesus instructs me to ask. Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in the Messiah Jesus” (Philippians 4:6–7). Worry about nothing; pray about everything.
- Matthew 7:7–11 — “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. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!“
- Matthew 21:22 — “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”