As a child of God, we are often faced with the need to know what God’s will for our lives is. We often base our decisions (big or small) on our belief of what God’s will is. Oftentimes when we are uncertain of his will, then we find ourselves being distressed and anxious.
Those days are over, the Bible clearly tells us exactly what God’s will for our lives is, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17)
There you have it, be joyful, pray continually and give thanks. Those are the 3 pillars that hold up God’s will for us in Jesus. Of these 3 pillars it may be said that prayer stands above the other.
Praying continually is a powerful weapon against the enemy. When we pray, we align our hearts with that of the Father. We commune with him through Jesus and the Holy Spirit and we strengthen our spiritual bond with him. Prayer is of utmost importance for the life of a believer, and all through the Bible we see different models and types of prayer, from petitions to pleading to thanksgiving to praise. All of these things are a form of prayer and are there for us to use to speak to the Father.
Build up your prayer life with these strengthening scriptures about prayer:
1. Philippians 4:6
In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
2. Mark 11:24
Therefore I tell you, all things whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received them, and you shall have them.
3. John 15:7
If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.
4. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing,
5. Romans 8:26
In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered.
6. Matthew 6:6
But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
7. Matthew 6:7
In praying, don’t use vain repetitions as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking
8. Luke 11:9
“I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you.
9. James 5:16
Confess your offenses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective.
10. Jeremiah 33:3
Call to me, and I will answer you, and will show you great and difficult things, which you don’t know.
In the Bible Jesus models the perfect life of prayer for us. The gospels often tell us that Jesus prayed, or he gave thanks, or he pleaded. After Jesus was baptised, he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness and there he prayed and fasted for 40 days. Now, if you have ever done an extended prayer and fast you will know that it is tough, so it is very likely that this 40-day prayer and fast in the wilderness was probably not Jesus’ first one.
Praying was Jesus’ way of communicating with the Father and it is clear that Jesus communicated with the Father all the time because he himself says that he only does what he sees the Father doing and says what he hears the Father saying. How do you hear what the Father is saying if not through prayer?
Paul tells the Ephesians to, ”pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. This this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18), and we should heed his words and pray. Pray on all occasions.