True prayer is the secret to victory in the workplace and personal life. It is the most powerful weapon against the powers of darkness, and the key to success in each area of life; and it is the key that opens the treasures of heaven to man. Any effort in the kingdom of God will only be successful if it originates through prayer and supported by prayer since all success in the Christian life is proportional to the time spent in prayer. 10% of our time spent in prayer brings 10% success; 50% of our time spent in prayer brings 50% success; 100% of our time spent in prayer brings 100% success. Luke spoke of the need to pray always without fainting (Luke 18:1); Paul taught us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and at all times in the spirit (Ephesians 6:18).
SEVEN DEFINITIONS OF PRAYER
1. Prayer is a way of living
Prayer is the communication between our re-created spirit and the Spirit of God. Prayer is the expression that results from an intimate relationship with the Lord who resides in our hearts by the spirit. Thus, our entire life can be a prayer.
2. Prayer is fellowship with God
We must establish our entire life upon the foundation of a personal, profound and intimate fellowship with God. Prayer is a permanent connection with the eternal creator. (1 Corinthians 6:17). Prayer is a meeting of the Heavenly Father with His children in loving fellowship.
3. Prayer is a relationship with a personal, trustworthy God
God is a person! God is worthy of trust! He is a personal God that relates to us on a personal basis. Our natural eyes do not see Him, but He is real and communicates with His children. Erroneous and religious concepts portray Him as an unreachable impersonal distant god that may or may not be interested in our lives. Out of this mindset, prayers arise as mere religious expressions, destitute of meaning and possessing no practical value.
4. Prayer is communion with a resident God in the heart
In the Old Testament, God was in the midst of His people. He was for the people but was not in the people. In the New Testament God is not only in our midst, and is for us, but He is in us through His Spirit that resides in our spirit. Those who are in Christ have become one spirit with God’s Spirit.
5. Prayer is the first step to an encounter with Jesus
For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” Man goes to Jesus in prayer and his whole life is rooted with Him in prayer. Jesus is the way to God and the door to God.
6. Prayer is the way to know God
It is the way to completely know Him and gain access to His promises. It is the means to bring the soul to its knees, and the way for man to understand the plan of God for his life.
7. Prayer is the key to the miraculous
Through prayer, we grant God access to our needs; it is true spiritual respiration. In short, prayer is a lifestyle in an intimate relationship with God.
- Because God insistently commands it in the Bible (Luke 18:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Philippians 4:6; Ephesians 6:18, 19; 1 Timothy 2:1; Matthew 26:41; Colossians 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:25; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; Hebrews 13:18)
- Because it is the God ordained way for the Christian to receive the things that he needs (Isaiah 19:22)
- Because prayer is the God ordained way that Christian’s joy may be full (John 16:24; Proverbs 10:20)
- Because prayer is the way out of problems, and the cure for all concern and worry (Philippians 4:6, 7; Psalm 55:22)
- Because answered prayer is the only irrefutable argument against asceticism, unbelief, modernism and unfaithfulness (Hebrews 11:6; 1 Kings 18:36-38; Judges 6:12, 13; Exodus 8:19; Daniel 2:47; Acts 13: 6-12)
- Because prayer is the path to the power of the Holy Spirit in Christian service (Luke 11:13; 1 Chronicles 7:14; Habakkuk 3:2; Acts 1:13, 14; 4:31; 8:14-16; 9:9; 11; 17; 13:1-4; Ephesians 1:15-19; 3:14-19).
- Because “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13)