I have been questioning for sometime “how to pray”. I’m an analyzer so I like things black and white. The thing is, there doesn’t seem to be a black and white answer on this. I have questioned numerous people on this subject and everyone’s answer was different. Let me explain some of the questions I have asked:
Why pray if God already knows our thoughts?
Do I pray specifically believing? Why do this if it doesn’t happen?
Maybe I should just pray for “God’s will”?
Do things happen if we don’t pray and God has told us to?
Really, the questions go on but I am choosing not to bore you! lol… I began an endeavor into reading Hebrews. Someone close to me introduced me to a perspective of this on prayer: that it is more for us than it is God. That prayer improves our faith and increases our belief in Jesus. Hebrews is definitely showing me this – I know God doesn’t “need” us – I mean c’mon, He creates our world, everything in it, etc. etc. in 6 days, took a break on the 7th. I’m pretty sure He could handle anything else that might come His way. So why pray? And how should we pray?
While I am not prepared to write a blog on why we pray yet, I do have an answer on how we should pray. At least for me.
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.“
Hebrews 4:16 says, “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.“
Hebrews 5:7 says, “While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.“
Alright – let’s break it down.
Hebrews 4:12 — God knows everything already. There is no reason to shy from saying what is on our hearts to Him. He is the only one to whom we are accountable.
Hebrews 4:16 — This is a big answer for me. If we are coming boldly to Him then we aren’t coming passively. To me, praying “God’s will” every time is not taking a chance of being bold. Pray specifically and pray with faith (remember, believing in things unseen!) that those prayers will be answered.
Hebrews 5:7 — God heard Jesus because of his deep reverence for God. You do not gain a deep reverence for someone unless you have spent time with over and over again. You appreciate them, you go out of your way for them. We have to do this with our prayers. Because of this God heard Jesus! And then the next line is all I needed to hear for those times when my bold prayers offered up are not answered… “Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.” Granted, most of the time an unanswered prayer is not going to cause me to suffer… but it does teach me obedience. The definition of obedience is “compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority”. Well, scripture tells us WHEN we pray. So even if my prayers aren’t answered, I am being obedient and contenting to learn obedience through the process.
I still have other questions, but I just had to share this revelation tonight! For me, when I understand something and can wrap my head around it, I can apply it better to my life. Hopefully, this has helped someone else as well.