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Importance of Prayer in Christianity and how to pray the 5 different ways
Communication with our Almighy God
Prayer is essential in the life of a believer. Grudem describes is as being personal communication with our Almighty Creator. Since God is relational, communication with him needs to be present in order to fully embrace Christianity at its finest.
There exist multiple kinds of prayer, ranging from thanking and loving God to praying for others. Christians need to understand the different types of prayer and the importance of each because it stimulates a growing trust in God, and therefore makes the individual a stronger Christian.
Don't make excuses
Many times, the lifestyle and habits for Christians today can be a hindrance towards prayer. Unfortunately, laziness is a major reason believers in Christ put off praying. Scores of Christians cannot seem to realize that prayer actually does not require a big deal of energy. Just the thought of taking time out to pray must seem like a hassle to many.
Another hindrance is just the fact of not having a set time to pray . Although it is not 100% necessary to do this, creating a schedule will greatly increase the chances of remembering to pray. Not creating a schedule goes hand in hand with time constraints. A large amount of people nowadays cannot find the time to pray, but when those people do find time, they are too tired or not in the mood. Prayer can be done anywhere at any time, and should be done in order to please God.
God delights in prayer and wants us to pray to Him relentlessly. God desires for Christians to pray because it helps to build up the believers trust in Him. Once the trust is developed, reliance will shift from self to God. Further communicating with God will make the believer closer with Him.
The true meaning of Christianity, having a relationship with God, is what the praying Christian will experience. Lastly, it allows Christians to give all the glory to Him (Grudem 159). God created everything out of nothing, and He deserves nothing less than everything from Christians.
Prayer of Adoration
Of the five different types of prayer, the prayer of adoration is probably the most important. The prayer of adoration is saying to God, “God, I love you”. Christianity is based on faith, and without faith it is impossible to develop a relationship with Him. Developing that trust and faith in God is the key ingredient to living a full Christian life. Not only is it important to tell God of the love for Him, but it is also important to thank Him.
Prayer of Thankfulness
Thanking God is next in line of importance when praying. When asked to think of everything that a person is thankful for, not many things come to mind. We can never thank God for too many things. God never gets tired of getting thanked. Often the phrase, “count your blessings” is used to describe the inability to know them all. When thanking God, Christians need to remember to thank Him not only for the good things, but the trials and hardships.
God puts hard times in Christian’s lives in order to better their relationship with Him, and in doing so make them stronger individuals. But in the end, it is the individual’s choice whether or not to turn the trial into a positive step towards God or a backwards leap away from Him.
Prayer of confession
The prayer of confession is also important in order to straighten out issues and to begin the healing process in relationships. Some of the three hardest words to say are,”I am sorry”. When two people are in a quarrel, the fight is almost never resolved until one party admits their apologies and says the three words above.
The ability to throw away pride and admit the three words above can and will lead to better relationships with everyone. God is the exact same with prayer. Christians should repent for everything that is clearly not allowed by God’s law. Doing so will lead to a much better relationship with God and a much better conscience. But the important thing to remember is that the focus is on asking forgiveness from God and not fixating on the sins only.
Great Prayer books
Prayer of Intercession
The prayer of intercession is one that most Christians forget about because intercession is praying for other people. Most people tend to not think of other people. Christians consume much of their time with things for themselves. This is the time when Christians would ask God to help or intervene in the lives of other people.
When praying this prayer, one must be aware about the situation of the people, and the must pray in accordance with God’s will. Another addition that goes along with the prayer of intercession is to forgive others. If Christians do not forgive others transgressions, then the relationship with God will be interrupted and halted. Not forgiving others trespasses is just going to be s stumbling block, even though it may not seem like it.
Prayer of Petition
The fifth type of prayer is the prayer of petition. The prayer of petition is what many Christians believe prayer is for. The prayer of petition is the prayer where Christian’s ask God for needs and wants. Although this is necessary, the way each want is put must be phrased correctly. For example, instead of asking for the memorizing of a poem to magically happen, the situation should be handled differently. Rather, the Christian student should ask for the wisdom of God to fully embrace them so that the memorization might come much easier. With God everything is much easier.
There's more than one way to do it
Not only are their different types of pray, but there are different ways to pray. A very important thing to remember is to pray according to the will of God. Although it is difficult sometimes to determine what the will of God is, the Bible can always give us a clue to what it might be. For something that is clearly stated in the Commandments, it is easy to follow. But for things that are not explicitly explained in the Bible, it is a little harder to determine the will of God.
The best way to approach this is to read the Bible to figure out the best solution. Without having at least a general understanding of God’s Word, it is very difficult to determine the will of God. Whenever praying, think about the word usage. Paying attention to the word usage will really affect how Christians pray. If Christians paid that much attention to their prayers and how the words are articulated, the better the relationship with Christ will be, and the better Christians they will be.
Wrapping it all together
Praying is definitely vital in every Christian’s life. Without prayer, a Christian’s life will become dry and ineffective. Once everyone realizes this truth, the world might undergo a serious revival. Prayer is communicating with God, and because God is a relational God, prayer is possibly the most important thing for becoming and remaining a Christian.
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