What Is Prayer?
“Pray in the Spirit at all times and with steadfast perseverance...” Ephesians 6:18
“But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him.” John 4:23
The LORD YHVH is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him (Spirit) in Truth.” Psalm 145:18
Prayer is Spirit (Ruach #7307) and Truth (Emet #571)
“And in Him (The Word of Truth) you were sealed with the promised Holy (set apart) Spirit, having heard and believed the Word of Truth, the gospel (Good news) of your salvation (deliverance).” Ephesians 1:13
Prayer is simply being still and knowing the existence of our Creator. Uniting, yoking or aligning our thoughts and hearts with His. Steadfastly seeking and learning to see and hear, (perceive) the silent voice within us.
How to Pray
Whether we stand, sit, lie prostate, kneel, rejoice loudly in praise, or sing of our adoration, when our thoughts and actions are directed toward our Creator we are communing.
Prayer, the original Hebrew word, Palal #6419, is written with a Peh, (mouth) and a Lamad, (staff of Authority) meaning to “speak to Authority.”
In Old English it was common to use the word pray instead of ask, “I pray you…” It was a reverent way to ask or petition someone with authority. The word Prayer has carried over in translation as the word we use today in English to define all communication with our Unseen Creator.
Prayer is much more than supplicating, begging, requesting, beseeching, entreating, imploring, appealing, honoring, confessing, declaring, summoning, remembering, appreciating, praising, thanking, singing, groaning, weeping, and blessing.
The majority, of our communion with our Creator is listening or meditating in silence as we learn to perceive His silent Voice.
My Personal Experience
It is no wonder I had to maneuver through so much confusion when I set out to learn how to pray. I really had no idea where to begin, what to say, where to pray, or when and how to bow, sit, lie down or stand. The only thing I did know was that our Unseen Father would give us the answers when we ask, seek, and knock, Matthew 7:9; Matthew 7:10; Matthew 7:11
So I searched His Word and I asked Him and I waited silently but I didn’t get the verbal reply I expected. Instead I began to recognize I had a new Spiritual perception, eyes and ears that made me aware of His Spiritual guidance.
Does God Need Our Prayers?
Faithfully I began spending more time trying to learn how to pray. I was determined so I didn’t give up even through it felt like a waste of hours sitting in silence. I had decided to devote this time everyday, even if God never spoke to me, Psalm 46:10. I was not aware of it then but I believed I was doing God a favor, maybe even appeasing Him as if He needed my prayer time in order to do something.
Then one day, sitting silently, I got bombarded with negative thoughts like; this isn’t working, who am I to think God would hear me or even notice my prayers. “You have been too bad,” “how could God love you?” “His promises were not referring to you.” I began to feel dirty, like I was unclean inside and my heart sank as these horrible accusations continued, they felt like painful blows, until I finally cried out loud, “why would You allow these thoughts to torment me when I’m searching for You?”
Before I even finished speaking, it seemed I had gone into the eye of a storm, there was silence again, and I knew it was the assurance of God’s Peace. Without hearing a word I knew I was in agreement with those lies. He was exposing them, bringing them to the surface of my conscious mind so I could remove them, just by knowing they were lies, and be free.
“Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you Free.” John 8:32
I experienced a flood of His Love and security wrapped around me like a Divine hug that I will never forget! I didn’t have to see anything to know that He loved me. Even separated from Him by sin, His Merciful Love just Exists, Isaiah 59:2
Prayer Gives us Clarity, Like a Light Exposing our Offensive Ways
Tefillah, (from Palal) is the Hebrew word meaning to Judge, as in reviewing or evaluating oneself. I’ve been calling the time I spend in silence my character review, a phrase I first saw in God Calling by A.J. Russell.
Just like King David, a man after God’s heart, 1 Samuel 13:14, we need to ask God to shine the Light of Truth on our offensive ways, hidden insecurities, anxious thoughts, fear…and His Spirit leads us in the Way that leads to Life, Psalm 139:23.
Setting apart time to judge ourselves refines us as we learn to walk in Love so we won’t be judged, 1 Corinthians 11:30-32.
When we acknowledge the Ultimate Authority and turn from our transgressions, it’s like turning from the path of death to Life, Ephesians 2:1.
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar, and His word is not in us.” 1 John 1:8-10
God’s Spirit draws us with His Merciful Loving Kindness, Jeremiah 31:3.