Guidelines for Prayer
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What exactly IS prayer to God? What is it NOT? What makes for an effective prayer to our heavenly Father and Creator of the entire Universe?
What exactly is it?
Prayer is more than simply having a conversation with a Being who made us and who oversees our entire destiny. It is an act of worship and reverence, a conscious choice to connect "up close and personal" with the One whose very existence is the definition of love.
Prayer is the means by which we acknowledge and strengthen our relationship with the Eternal and seek out His will for our lives. It is the avenue by which we can honestly confess our sins, ask forgiveness in the name of Jesus Christ, and cry out to God for help in overcoming them and the trials of life. It is also the way we can petition our heavenly Father for the benefit and blessing of others - even those who use and persecute us (Matthew 5:44).
8. The one who does not love does not know God because God is love. (1John 4)
True prayer is not a religious ritual meant to appease an all-powerful Deity. It is not the means by which we can bargain with or extort from God (as if it were possible) to give us what we want (or demand!). It is also not a sign, of itself, that we are more righteous or better than others.
5. And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, in order that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward (Matthew 6)