And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Prayer is a daily activity.
It is like breathing, it should always be “ON”.
When you stop breathing you die.
So it is in the spiritual, when you stop praying you die slowly.
2Sa 11:1 — 2Sa 11:3
And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
It was the time, the season for kings to go to battle. But David decided to “skip” the battle this time.
“Another day, I always go to battle. Skipping one battle is inconsequential.”
Because he skipped, he ended up falling into a grievous sin.
Neglecting the habit of prayer has consequences!
When we skip the habit of prayer, we become susceptible to sin.
We become spiritually weak and open to temptation and attack.
Prayer is a tiring exercise physically and spiritually.
Prayer can also he disheartening when the answers seem to be delaying.
Don’t give up, keep on praying.
Prayer is warfare.
In warfare we get hurt.
Even when the devil attacks you for praying, keep on praying.
The Meaning Of Prayer
What prayer is not:
- Prayer is not shouting your requests to God.
- Prayer is not moving God to do something.
Prayer is a Very simple thing:
PRAYER IS A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Prayer is simply your relationship with God.
Let us look at one central verse that explains the meaning of prayer.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
By your relationship and supplication……
The supplication part is what we mistakenly call prayer.
Be careful for nothing, why?
You have a relationship with Almighty God.
Because of that relationship, you have access to make supplication, which means:
1. the action of asking for something earnestly or humbly.
From the scripture above we see that prayer is in 3 parts:
#1. Relationship with God
#2. Supplication (asking)
#3. Thanksgiving ( because of the answer, even before it comes)
Part 2 and 3 are impossible without part 1.
Gen 3:8 — Gen 3:9
And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
This is prayer. Adam had a daily date with God that was born out of a relationship.
They had a specific time and place .
For many people, God is asking, “Where are you?”
God longs for a relationship with you but He can’t find you in the place and time of prayer.
Where are you?
Gen 5:22 — Gen 5:25
And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Prayer is walking with God, a relationship with God.
This is a picture of 2 best friends walking and talking to each other.
It is not 2 strangers who walk in silence, like many people do with God.
Where are you?
God longs to have a relationship with you, don’t give Him the silent treatment.
Talk to Him As you talk to a friend. Involve Him in everything you do.
He is always there, ever present. Yet many ignore Him.
Develop a lifestyle of prayer.