Prayer….. is simply communicating with God. John Wesley says it is “the breath of our spiritual life.” It is conveyed to God by the Holy Spirit from the inner man. It is the cry of the heart, the rejoicing of our heart to God. Scripture says that “the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit (Holy Spirit) Himself maketh intercession for us (saints, born-again believers in Jesus Christ) with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts (Holy Spirit) knoweth what is the mind of the spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26 & 27)
Many times we do not know how to pray. Sometimes we do not know what it is for which we are to pray. The comforting thing is that the Lord always knows and understands because the Holy Spirit is interceding before God the Father for us. So we just need to pray, talking to God and telling Him our heart’s desires, burdens, fears, and hopes. Prayer is our means of worship and praise to the Holy God we love and reverence.
Scripture gives us many guidelines for our prayer times before God. But remember these are guidelines to help us pray more effectively. Mostly the Lord just wants us to always keep on communicating with Him.
I Thes. 5:17 says…. “Pray without ceasing”. This means that we need always to have our heart, soul and spirit directed toward the Lord. This keeps us in constant communication with the Lord, and keeps prayer paths open at all times. Even if our minds have to be on earthly things, our hearts are “in tune” with the Lord, communicating with Him instantly, as the need arises, or as the perception of the soul or spirit is to do so. Walking in His presence is so vital…. walking aware in our soul and spirit that the Holy Spirit is communing at all times with our spirit, ready to commune with the Father on our behalf. We can experience great quietness and confidence (Isaiah 30:15) when this is the perception of our soul.
John Wesley says: (I Thes. 5:16-18) “Rejoice evermore”, “pray without ceasing”, and “in everything give thanks” …… “this is Christian perfection, and that one of these gives fruit to the other.”
” In everything give thanks-Which is the fruit of both the former. This is Christian perfection. Farther than this we cannot go; and we need not stop short of it. Our Lord has purchased joy, as well as righteousness, for us. It is the very design of the gospel that, being saved from guilt, we should be happy in the love of Christ. Prayer may be said to be the breath of our spiritual life. He that lives cannot possibly cease breathing. So much as we really enjoy of the presence of God, so much prayer and praise do we offer up without ceasing; else our rejoicing is but delusion. Thanksgiving is inseparable from true prayer: it is almost essentially connected with it. He that always prays is ever giving praise, whether in ease or pain, both for prosperity and for the greatest adversity. He blesses God for all things, looks on them as coming from Him, and receives them only for His sake; not choosing nor refusing, liking nor disliking, anything, but only as it is agreeable or disagreeable to His perfect will.”