Prayer is not something that comes naturally to any of us. For many, it could be that prayer is more of a chore or task on a list than a moment to disconnect from the world and connect to a realm of tranquility. What is prayer? What is the importance of prayer? Prayer is a conversation with God that does not have to be a mystical moment that needs a vast amount of preparation. Instead, it must be seen as the source of peace and a moment that redirects your thoughts in alignment with the will of God. But something happens when you pray in a group setting at church…
Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
The presence of God is manifested and can even be tangible, not just to you but to all who are present. Miracles and wonders take place in an atmosphere where two or more are gathered, believing God for the impossible, believing that God can change circumstances.
Intimacy with God
Matthew 6:6, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
Prayer is like an energy source. When you turn on a lamp in a room, the light will turn on if it is plugged into the outlet. The outlet is the source of electricity that guarantees to transmit energy, power, and voltage onto the lightbulb so that it can trigger the ability of the bulb to produce light. We are the light of this world, and to emanate that light, we must plug ourselves into the source, which is God.
The challenge then becomes to remain connected to God via prayer. The most powerful prayers can be the prayers that one sees. The most impactful prayers are the ones that you pray in secret away from other eyes. Why? Because your prayer becomes genuine. God desires to connect with you in spirit and truth; therefore, He calls us to pray in secret. Remember that He desires to have a relationship with us, and an intimate relationship is not cultivated in the company of many, but rather behind closed doors when there are no external interruptions between you and God. Intimacy leads to connection and when you’re attentive to the voice of God, you align yourself to walk in His ways, and obedience follows.
Jeremiah 33:3, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
The kingdom of God is a system that works differently from this world. What works here will not work there, and to understand the Kingdom of God, one must read scripture and develop a prayer life. For what purpose? To live in the will of God and His purpose for our lives, our ears must be attentive to His voice. Through prayer, we learn to connect to Him and discern His voice.
But most importantly, we position ourselves to receive God’s wisdom. To surrender to God is to seek Him wholeheartedly and make ourselves available to receive all that he has for us. It’s in the intimacy of relationship and connection to the things from above that we acquire wisdom that does not include human intelligence, but rather it includes selfless undertones that call us to walk in the fruits of the spirit: Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.
“Transformation occurs when we connect to the kingdom of God and its righteousness.”
How do we accomplish God’s will?
Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
We spend most of our days living in our minds. We live in our thoughts, and when those thoughts reside in the past or the uncertainty that the future holds, we are not living in the present. When we’re not living in the present, our minds tend to dwell in past regrets, envy, and comparison. We shatter these thoughts by connecting ourselves to prayer and reading scriptures. Why? Because the word of God calls us to renew our minds and prayer is the filter that filters out any negative thoughts that stand against the knowledge of God.
Our minds have to be free from the clutter and worries of the world and to receive God’s thoughts. When we allow ourselves to abide in God’s presence, our thoughts shift into His direction and we’re able to have clarity over our purpose and what we have been called to do. Furthermore, with clarity comes discernment. Do you want to accomplish God’s will for your life? Cultivate your prayer life, learn to discern God’s voice, and learn the art of shifting your thoughts from the worries of this world to kingdom matters. It’s a process so you must not be shaken and give in to the world’s requests, instead, persevere and keep fighting the good fight of faith.
How the ChurchTalk app enhances your prayer life . . .
ChurchTalk provides a journal for you to record your everyday walk with God. Look back on the conversations you’ve had and discern how God has spoken to you. You can also share prayer requests with your church while other members pray along with you. Interaction and gestures on the prayer posts are an encouraging way to see that you are not alone. Mark your prayers as answered and let your members know first of God’s goodness and mercy in your life.
Leaders of the local church can also post directly on the church’s bulletin to encourage the congregation to pray together for specific requests. The Prayer module on the ChurchTalk app helps enhance your communion with God along with the members of your local church.