Principles of Effective Prayer 2
What is Prayer?
Prayer is a verbal request or demand made on God the Father based upon His promise(s) to meet that need.
Prayer MUST be verbal. Jesus said, “When you pray, say.” See Luke 11:2. Prayer is the verbal expression of our heartfelt desires to God the Father. Prayer is giving voice to our desires. We do not pray in our minds, that is, meditation. Prayer is the vocalization of our heart’s desires.
Psalms 28:2 NKJV
Hear the voice of my supplications
When I cry to You,
When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.
Psalms 28:6 NKJV
Blessed be the Lord,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
Psalms 142:1 NKJV
I cry out to the Lord with my voice;
With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.
Matthew 26:39 NKJV
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
Matthew 26:42 NKJV
Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
Matthew 26:44 NKJV
So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Acts 4:24 NKJV
So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them,
Ephesians 1:16 NKJV
do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
Colossians 1:9 NKJV
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
From the Scriptures above, prayers should be verbalized. Jesus is the ultimate example for all matters of faith and doctrine. He taught His disciples to speak whenever they prayed. When He prayed as documented in Matthew 26:39,42,44; Mark 15:39; Luke 22:41-44; John 11:41-42; Hebrews 5:7; He spoke words. He verbalized His prayers. Paul the Apostle followed the example of Jesus and verbalized His prayers. All through the Old Testament we see David voicing his supplications. That is the Biblical practice. If you are not taking, you are not praying. You do not pray in your mind. You think with your mind and speak with your mouth. In your mind, it’s meditation; in your mouth, it’s prayer. From today when you pray, vocalize your desires by faith in God’s Word and expect answers. Selah
To be continued….