PRAYER Prayer is an important part of each and every Christian's life.
Prayer is talking and communicating with God.
We need prayer like we need the air to live.
Prayer and reading the Bible is our spiritual food, like we need food and water for our physical bodies.
Prayer is not just asking God for things, or for help. It is having a conversation with God.
Prayer is proclaiming the word of God, coming to Him with or worries and problems, praising His name...
When we need help, we pray. When need help to get out of tempations, or sin, we pray.
Come to God through prayer. Talk to God, but also take time to listen to what God wants to say to you.
When we pray, it becomes easier to hear God. Our spirit gets more sensitive to God's voice.
Prayer is vital to us as Christians.
As we have learned already, we have a soul, spirit, and body.
Our soul a lot of times is controlled by our body, our flesh. And our flesh is weak and most of the time, does not want to pray or worship God.
In the Bible we have an example, in Matthew 26:38. This story takes place before Jesus was captured and after the passover. Jesus and His disciples went to the garden of Gethsemane. After arriving to the garden, He took John, James, and Peter with Him to go farther into the garden....
Matthew 26:38 - "The He said to them, 'My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with me.'" (Jesus was telling them to pray.)
Matthew 26:40-41 - (This is after Jesus prayed and came back to check on them.) "The He came to the desciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, 'What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.'"
Most of the time we do not feel like praying, but we that is because our flesh/body does not want to. But our spirit wants it and needs it.
Sometimes we know what we want to pray for about, but we don't know what to say. That is where speaking in tongues comes in. When we speak in tongues, it is through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit prays through us. The Holy Spirit prays in our stead. Speaking in tongues is speaking in a heavenly language.
Romans 8:26 - "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who seearches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God." (This verse is referring to Speaking in Tongues.)
The Holy Spirit knows what our spirit wants to pray for and He will pray for us.
But sometimes we have fear, and it keeps us from speaking in tongues.
When we have fear we cannot speak in tongues. We have to have faith in order for the Holy Spirit to work through us. Cause God did not give us a spirit of fear but a spirit of sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind."
Jesus also intercedes for us. He is sitting at the right hand of Gof the father and is interceding for us. Jesus always advocates for you, He loves you. He never will make you feel guilty.The devil will try to make you feel guilty and shameful, but God would never do that. Because Jesus has already paid the price for us, and forgiven us. Our sins have already been forgiven.
God always wants to download more of Himself to us , and give us His revelations, but we have to connect with Him in order to recieve it. We can connect to God through prayer and reading our Bibles.
Like when you download songs or stuff into your electric devices, (like an ipod, ipad, mp3 player, etc.), you need to connect you device to your computor, whether it be through wifi or a cable, It is the same with you and God.