The Act of Prayer part 1
“Go yea therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and, I am with you always, even into the end of the world. Amen.”
The act of prayer is a part of discipleship. Prayer is by precept, by teaching, and by example. Before going further into the act of prayer we will first see what prayer really is. When we read through the word, we ought to always see the word through the light of Christ. For everything in the bible, both new and Old Testament all point to one person and that is Christ. The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed. It is like the shadows of the real deal (Luke 24:16-27). The New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. It is Christ revealed. The New Testament point or rather shows the real deal (Christ).So in the New Testament we get to have a better view of things, better explanations for things, we get to see clearly the mind of God which was before a mystery to us.
Through scriptures we see that the prayers of the New Testament were mainly for ministry (Colossians 1:9, 4:3) (Ephesians 1:18-19, 3:17, 6:18-19) (Philemon 1:9) (2thesseloninans 3:5). We should also remember that as believers we are also ministers. Not necessarily a minister who own his own church building, but a minister of the gospel (2 Corinthians 5:15-18).
Hence, prayer is not basically material possession even though one can still ask for material possession. Prayer is communication with God, it doesn’t just stop there, prayer also makes power available to God, and even though it’s not convenient sometimes, because a person may not always feel motivated to pray. However, when we pray we discover that the strength that is needed to keep pressing in the place of prayer comes alive.
Lord, teach me to devote myself to prayer. I am persistent, and I am intentional about it.
Author – Praise