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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

What is Prayer?

Updated: Jun 7, 2020

Jesus says that GOD already knows what you need so just be sincere and pour your heart out before HIM. Asking...that is the essence of prayer.


What is Prayer?


4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. 6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles (NLT Psalm 34).


19 So David asked the Lord, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” The Lord replied to David, “Yes, go ahead. I will certainly hand them over to you” (II Samuel 5:19).


15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one (John 17).


16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God (Ephesians 1).


Prayer, as the above verses show, is simply asking GOD for something or making a request of GOD. GOD is our heavenly Father. Just like children ask their earthly fathers for things, we ask our heavenly ABBA (Father) for things as well. Children make their requests because they believe their needs will be met. They believe they will receive what they are asking for. Children approach with full confidence knowing that if they go to their father, he will do what they need him to do.


It is no different for the people of GOD, no matter what age we are. We go to GOD believing that HE will not only answer, but meet our needs. We also understand that if HE doesn’t meet our needs in the way we ask, that HE will still come through for us.


GOD already knows what we need. Jesus confirms this in Matthew chapter six when He says, 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! If GOD already knows what we need, then HE has already prepared our provision. All that is required of us is to ask.


In verse eight above, Jesus is explaining that when people pray they do not need to use many words or phrases that they think GOD wants to hear. He is saying that we don’t need to recite scripted prayer, just saying and repeating phrases in order to be heard. Jesus says that GOD already knows what you need so just be sincere and pour your heart out before HIM.


Chapter 43 of the book of Isaiah says, 22 But, dear family of Jacob, you refuse to ask for my help. You have grown tired of me, O Israel! In Luke 11 Jesus says, 13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him. The point of both verses is to ask GOD for what we need. That is the essence of prayer.



Why Pray?

In the book of II Timothy chapter three, Paul states, 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. This says that the bible teaches us the truth about our lives and helps us to realize what is going wrong. It also corrects us and teaches us to do right. This means that everything we need in order to live good, fulfilling, and GOD-approved lives is already in the bible.


Therefore, we must search the bible for those things that we need to make our lives better and ask GOD to give them to us. This is for any need that we have, from wisdom, courage, money, health, peace, including prayers for others, the world, etc. Whatever it is, the answer to our needs can be found in scripture.


Yet, the bible also says in II Peter chapter one that, 3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. This means that sometimes we just need to ask GOD to open our eyes to what HE has already given us. As Paul prayed in Ephesians 1, 19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power…. Paul is saying that if we believe in GOD there is great power available to us to meet all of our needs and carry out all of our assignments for the LORD.


Paul goes on to say in II Timothy chapter three, 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. This is saying that GOD uses scripture to prepare and equip us to do good works or good deeds that HE has already ordained for us to do. GOD is waiting for us to pray, to ask for what we need, or to have our eyes opened to what we have already been given.


Remember, the bible is the word that GOD has already spoken into our lives. If we ask GOD for what HE said was already ours, let us believe that we have it as soon as we ask for it.


For example, James chapter one says, 5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. Wisdom is ours. It has already been made available to us in GOD’s word. We are told plainly to ask for it, and it will manifest in our lives. In the same fashion, Jesus says in Mark chapter eleven, 24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

Lastly, if it is according to GOD’s will, the bible says that the LORD will give us what we ask for.

I John 5 states,

14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.


Things that are pleasing to GOD are also in HIS will for us. Once we pray for what GOD already wants us to have, we will receive it.


In making that last statement, let me add this caveat. GOD is sovereign. This means that there is no one above the LORD. GOD is the ultimate and supreme authority. The LORD possesses all power and holds sway over all creation. GOD does what GOD wants to do when the LORD wants to do it, however, we are left with directions that guide us into the types of prayers that GOD answers. Yet, even if we pray according to the LORD’s will, GOD still reserves the right to answer according to the plans already set for our lives. Whether GOD answers yes, no, or not right now, we can be sure that it will be the answer we need at that moment and it will be sufficient for us.


The bible says it like this in the book of I Samuel chapter two, 6 The Lord gives both death and life; he brings some down to the grave but raises others up. 7 The Lord makes some poor and others rich; he brings some down and lifts others up.


Let us not forget, however, what the book of Romans chapter eight says, 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.


Why don’t we use this moment to examine ourselves. Do we love GOD? Are we operating in the purpose the LORD has for us? Are we obedient or in rebellion? In all of GOD’s sovereignty, the LORD still rewards those who obey. As we are reminded in the book of I Samuel chapter 15, 22 But Samuel replied,“What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.”

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How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)


It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into who GOD wants you to be and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.









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