By Collin Lynch
There are many things to say about prayer. One of the Greek word for prayer is proseuchomai which means to pray to God, it also mean to supplicate, to worship. So you can say praying is a form of worship. The bible has much to say about prayer and how and when we should. Praying is saying the things that God say. If the Word of God is not in you, you really won’t know how to pray. Don’t confuse praying to God with asking God for things. They are two different things. Jesus said ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you (Matthew 7:7). When Jesus made is prayer in John 17, the King James use the word pray in verse 9, 15 and 20 but the Greek word for that pray is the word for ask which is the same word used in Matthew 7:7.
Prayer is supplicating and usually for someone. Jesus said “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despite-fully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44). Jesus said to pray for (supplicate) for those who use you. In Matthew 6:6-14 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” No where in this prayer Jesus says anything about asking God for anything, matter of fact He said God already know what things you have need of, before you ask. He is teaching the disciple to worship the Father and to declare on earth what is already done in heaven. Praying is supplication for others, worshiping God and declaring God’s Word on earth.
Lets talk about Mark 11:24. The verse is not about asking God for anything, its about declaring the things that you are believing for. The key to Mark 11:24 is verse 22 and 23. Jesus said have faith in God. Why? because without faith its impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6) For verily(truly) I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray(when you make your declaration), believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Depend on the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:26-28 declare that we need the Holy Spirit to help us to pray for we don’t know what we should pray for. Please read the topic on the baptism of the Holy Spirit. If you are not baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, you are missing out on one of the most important gift that is available to us, the gift of the Holy Spirit.
One of the main goal of this ministry is to draw you closer to the Word of God. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye (you) my disciples indeed; (John 8:31) Don’t just read what you see here, spend time in the Word so that you will know the truth and the truth will MAKE you free.