“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Ephesians 6:18
“Pray continually.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Throughout the Bible, believers are called to pray. But what is prayer?
What does it mean to “pray without ceasing?”
And does prayer really make a difference?
Prayer and the Nature of God
In order to develop a clear idea of prayer, we must first have a clear idea of God.
We believe in a Trinitarian God who is a personal being who wants us to interact with Him on a meaningful level.
If God was impersonal, then prayer would not be meaningful.
If God was personal, yet uncaring, too remote or unknowable, then prayer would serve no purpose.
However we as Christians know that not only is God personal, He is also all loving (omnibenevolent), all powerful (omnipotent) and all-knowing (omniscient).
This means that in prayer we can have assurance that God always desires the best for us, that no prayer is beyond His ability to answer, “For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37) and that nothing is beyond His care or concern – He’s never too busy to listen to you and your heart cries are always heard.
He is also always Just, Wise and Good – all the time.
No prayer is too great for Him and no prayer is too small for Him.
This is all really significant as we think about prayer, because these attributes of God; His personal nature, love, power, knowledge, kindness, wisdom, holiness, goodness, immanence and sovereignty all play a role in how we relate to God in prayer and how He in turn relates and responds to us.
To many people, prayer seems complicated, but it is simply talking to God.