The Bible is very clear that prayer is two-way conversation; and is no more than our having a conversation with God; and since we are told to do it unceasingly, obviously it entails more listening, than it does talking.
Prayer is NOT just about telling God our needs, either; and besides, Jesus said that God already knows what things we have need of.
Now that’s not to say we aren’t to pray about our needs, because the Bible tells us we are; but only that we keep our priorities in order, and make sure that we are seeking God’s Kingdom first, and His righteousness (His ways and means of doing things); and then Jesus said, when we do this, then all these other things, which we have need of (and which God already knows about) will be added unto us.
Prayer is also not about our telling God what He needs to do, and our giving Him our advice and instructions; but rather prayer is about our aligning ourselves and syncing our spirit man up with the Holy Spirit; and our tapping into the mind of God!
Prayer is about getting our instructions from God, in all wisdom and knowledge, and even revelation.
This wisdom and knowledge that is being made available to us, if we would but take the time to spend with God, in order to get it, it would save us so much time; make us more money; and keep us from much unnecessary pain and sufferings.
It is the wise man who has learned that time spent with God, in prayer, pays back in huge dividends, to all who avail themselves of it; and do so regularly… like every day, 24/7.
This prayer business is very important, and it is very serious too.
God has given us each also a prayer language; and I just heard a minister of a huge church, locally, say that tongues were not for today.
His view was that tongues were only a tool to speak to other people, as happened on the Day of Pentecost, so that others could understand what was being spoken; and he completely ignores the part where Paul talks about how, when you pray in tongues, in your prayer language, in your prayer closet, which is different from what this minister is talking about, that you are edified, and strengthen, and built up in the Holy Spirit.
This prayer language that God has given to us is but another tool which God has given to the church, to enable us to tap into His supernatural power and wisdom; and if we fail to avail ourselves of this practice, then it is we who suffer needlessly. Selah
Thinking of Prayer as Jesus Taught
Our thinking about prayer, whether right or wrong, is based on our own mental conception of it.
The correct concept is to think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts.
Our blood flows and our breathing continues “without ceasing”; we are not even conscious of it, but it never stops. And we are not always conscious of Jesus keeping us in perfect oneness with God, but if we are obeying Him, He always is.
Prayer is not an exercise; it is the life of the saint.
Beware of anything that stops the offering up of prayer.
“Pray without ceasing . . .”— maintain the childlike habit of offering up prayer in your heart to God all the time.
Jesus never mentioned unanswered prayer. He had the unlimited certainty of knowing that prayer is always answered.
Do we have through the Spirit of God that inexpressible certainty that Jesus had about prayer, or do we think of the times when it seemed that God did not answer our prayer?
Yet we say, “But . . . , but . . . .”
God answers prayer in the best way— not just sometimes, but every time.
However, the evidence of the answer in the area we want it may not always immediately follow.
Do we expect God to answer prayer?
The danger we have is that we want to water down what Jesus said to make it mean something that aligns with our common sense. But if it were only common sense, what He said would not even be worthwhile.
The things Jesus taught about prayer are supernatural truths He reveals to us.