“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.” (1 Timothy 2:1).
Because God commanded us to pray and that is the only way how to communicate with Him.
Through Jesus Christ, we can go to God our Father and approach His throne with great confidence, so that we may receive mercy and grace in any time of need. (Ephesians 3:12).
"Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." (Hebrews 4:16).
All God's people must pray! Men and women must pray because without prayer no Christian is able to be the person God wants him or her to be. Without daily prayer we are just hypocrites and truth is not in us.
Prayer is an everyday conversation with God. Through prayer, we maintain up our relationship with Him. Prayer goes hand in hand with faith, because "without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him." (Hebrews 11:6).
Prayer is daily communion about everything that is going on in the believer's life (1 Peter 5:7). Without prayer, believers for certainty will be led on the wrong path. Without daily conversation with God, believers can be lost in this world's inconstancy; left without divine counseling, support, and guidance. We pray and God's Holy Spirit leads us into all the truth. (John 16:13, 14:26).
Through prayer, we call on His name and are saved.
Through prayer, we praise Him and worship Him alone.
Through prayer, we offer Him our heart, mind, soul, and body as holy sacrifices.
Through prayer, we develop a deep intimate relationship with God.
Through the prayer we tell God about everything; we seek Him and rest on His promises that He will answer, counsel, direct, correct, and lead us in the way we should go. (Psalm 32:8, 25:9; Proverbs 3:5-6; James 1:50; Jeremiah 42:3).
Prayer is – going to God with praising Him and thanking for everything; going to God with whatever there is on the believer's heart; spending time in His presence together with Him; listening to what He is saying and relying on Him alone. God is faithful and has promised,-
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." (Isaiah 30:21).
God hears prayer when a person comes to Him with a full understanding of His fallen state and what a great gift he is received - eternal life. (Romans 6:23).
Prayer is pouring out all that is in heart praising Him and thanking Him for everything – good or bad; and humbly asking for whatever need there may be. Prayer is coming to God with full understanding that He is the God and there is no other. Prayer must be offered in faith (James 1:6, 5:15). Prayer always must be prayed only to God the Father in the name of His Son Jesus Christ with full understanding that God is one.
"Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you." (Jeremiah 29:12).
What is prayer not?
Without a doubt, prayer is not the declamation of some words which are repeated, again and again, uttered out.
Prayer is not when it is said to exalt oneself.
Prayer is not to impress God with nice words or to impress others. Prayer is not to get from God or to command Him to do something. Prayer should not be called prayer if it is not offered in faith, in spirit, and in truth. We should pray not for things against the good and perfect will of God.
Prayer ceases to be a prayer when is offered to somebody or something else other than God.
"I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from Me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me" (Isaiah 45:5).
To whom we must pray?
We must pray only to God Almighty. In the name of Jesus Christ. (1 Timothy 2:5; Acts 4:12).
"Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray." (Psalm 5:2; Psalm 140:6).
How do we must pray?
We must pray according to God's will; in our spirit and in truth. This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of Him." (1 John 5:14).
We are commanded to pray continually always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18; Ephesians 5:20).
When we come before our God the Father we must come with a pure heart and clear consciousness.
"Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask because we keep his commands and do what pleases him." (1 John 3:21:22).
If there is any sin, then we must confess it to Him alone, and "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9).
"Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD." And You forgave the guilt of my sin." (Psalm 32:5; Proverbs 28:13).
We must pray in faith and doubt not. Praying to God we can ask for anything. But all that we ask for, must be asked for the glory of God. (John 14:13).
"But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind'. (James 1:6; Matthew 21:21).
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7).
What for we must pray?
First of all, we must pray may God's will be done and not ours. (Matthew 6:10).
Jesus told us how to pray:
"'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." (Mathew 6:10:15).
If we understand this prayer pattern correctly then all our needs are included and covered.
In the NT there are many illustrations of what we must/ should pray for:
"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior." (1 Timothy 2:1-3; Jeremiah 29:7).
We are also commanded, - "do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (Philippians 4:6; Mathew 6:25, 27).
We are commanded to pray in the spirit, - "and pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people." (Ephesians 6:18).
We must pray for all the saints to be holy and blameless till the end. "Now may the God of peace sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
We must pray may the gospel spreads around the world rapidly; may people hear it and accept it. "As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you." (2 Thessalonians 3:1).
We must pray for unbelievers; for all the world. "Brothers and sisters, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved." (Romans 10:1; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4).
We must pray for all those who are sick. "Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven." (James 5:14-15; Acts 28:8).
We must pray to be filled with the Spirit of God. May all the saints "be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:19; Ephesians 5:18).
We must pray continually for all saints who are going through hardships. We must pray without ceasing to be protected from every evil one. We must pray may we endure and stay in the Word of God, in the Truth in spite of all circumstances. We must pray for strength and wisdom to see the truth and apply it in our daily lives. (John 3:21; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; Mathew 6:13).
We must pray continually and ask God to fill other believers and ourselves with the "knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you (all the saints) may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light." (Colossians 1:8-12).
We must pray for those who mistreated us or assaulted us. We must pray for help to forgive. "bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." (Luke 6:28; Romans 12:14; 1 Peter 3:9).
That is far not all list why, when, and how we must pray. But we must pray and there is no other way how to draw closer to God. Without praying we incredibly fast can run dry spiritually and I think that is one of the reasons why so many people turn away from the faith and fall back into Satan's traps. God is faithful and He longs to have all His children to be saved and live blessed lives. As we come to Him and pour out our hearts, He hears and answers in His way and timing. God promised to help us and deliver us. That is why Satan hates when we pray. We must pray in order to keep a good and open relationship with God. Without prayer, we can only go into the pit. God gave us free will to choose. He laid down for us two ways – blessings and curses. It is up to us which way we choose. (Deuteronomy 30:19).
We must pray for peace in Jerusalem; for Israelites (Psalm 122:6).
Choose good and pray, praise His name and give thanks in all circumstances!
"Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise" (Psalm 47:7-8).
God said: "Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3).
"Therefore let all the faithful pray to You while You may be found..." (Psalm 32:6; James 5:13; Isaiah 58:9).
"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone" (1Timothy 2:1).
God said: "call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me."