Tuesday, December 18, 2018

WHO SHOULD OUR PRAYERS BEGIN WITH?

Have you ever asked yourself what was the first purpose of prayer? Well, whether you have or haven’t the answer is very simple. The first purpose of prayer was to have a communion and fellowship with the father; this is what prayer was designed for. We see this truth throughout our Master’s life on earth.

Today’s post will address the issue of who our prayers should begin with. If this has been a question on your mind, I hope the Holy Spirit uses me as a tool to help you understand the matter clearly and grow you faith in him. We are all the Lord’s disciples and we are on a mission of learning and growing our faith in him. And I believe we should first start by understanding prayer as a communication tool, especially in building relationship with the father.

Prayer is a source of joy, a fountain of blessing and a well of delight, however, we cannot attain those ingredients without first understanding who our prayers should begin with. Most of our prayers have the tendency of begin with what we need rather than who we need. So in order for our prayers to be effective, we need to start by not what we need, rather we should start with who we need.

Now the question is, who should we begin with when it comes to our prayers?

Prayer is essential to begin with God and not our problems or needs. When we start with God, we get the spirit that helps us see our problems in the right perspective. This means we count on God to respond to our prayers because God is concerned with all our well-being, which is indeed a reality only when we’ve made him the center of our lives as Christians, and the center of our conversations in the midst of a need that we might be facing.

Prayer is not a matter of coming to God only when we are in need of things, but it should be for a continuous relationship with the father at all times. Prayer should be a means by which you and I fall in line with the purposes of God in our lives of which he is accomplishing. Prayer should not always be based on our requests; we need to pray continuously to create a strong relationship.

Our bodies and needs are on God and not ourselves, and Jesus reminds us not to be anxious or troubled about our needs (Mathew 6:25-34), but rather to cast all our worries unto him for he cares for us. Paul also reminds us of the same thing when he wrote to the Philippians (Philippians 4:6-7) God is our provider and he shall meet all our needs, so let us not come to him only when we are in need, rather let us come to him for a relationship with Him in our prayers.

Jesus really modeled for us what prayer is all about; his prayers were natural, flowing naturally from him. He prayed continuously, he felt such a need for prayer, and this empowered him to fulfill His prayer life. Though he prayed a prayer of varieties, His number one goal was to be in communion and fellowship with the father. This is what made his oneness with the father possible. Prayer involves our whole person in a relationship with God.

How could prayer be a relationship with God, if it only remains a lifting of our minds to God?

Just before Jesus taught his disciples how to pray when they asked, he assured them that their heavenly father knew what they needed before they even asked (Mathew 6:8-15). After the assurance He proceeded to teaching them how to pray, He gave them guidance. We too need this guidance today, if we are to relate to the father.

However, the Lord’s Prayer was never meant to be a mechanical formula for prayer, it was a guide to prayer. The prayer taught by Jesus was divided into two portions. The first division (Mathew 6:9-10) concerns God, and the second Division (Mathew 6:11-13) Concerns us. From this teaching we come to understand that God starts with what he is concerned with, our relationship and fellowship with him. In the first division God relates to us. Therefore, our prayers should always start with God before it comes to us. It should start with a sense of a need to relating to God before asking for anything else. We are not independent, we are depending on God, and we are made to correspond with God.

The very first thing that God desires from you in order to be able to properly approach Him for prayer is for you to establish a very strong personal relationship with Him! To enrich our relationship with God we need to engage our hearts, and this involves finding intimacy with God in the midst of our everyday busy lives, much like we do with the other important relationships of our lives.

Prayer should lead us to live on the path of Christ. Jesus prayed all the time, but the truth is, he wasn’t just praying for things, prayer for our Lord Jesus was a communion to the father. We are expected to be in a relationship with the father, and therefore, our first part of Prayer should always be to God, and should always aim at empowering us to build a relationship with the father, because we as Christians are in the same relationship as Christ was with the father. This kind of relationship always involves a strong desire to be with God and it  is a matter of the heart.

Let prayer be the key to spending time in Communion and fellowship with God at all times, intelligently surrendering your will to him for he cares and knows what is best for you. Let us do our best to steal away from the cares and distractions of modern living and communion with God, for with this kind of relationship to the father we will never be the same.

Man was created to have fellowship with God, and God’s plan up to date has never changed. He is still seeking to fellowship with us in prayer. He is waiting to commune with us spirit to spirit in prayer.

May this knowledge in prayer increase our faith and daring in the matter of putting God first above our needs in our prayers in order that we continue to be true disciples, seeking the Kingdom of God first for it is then that we shall receive all other needs in our lives.

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Rumishael Ulomi is a Freelance Christian Consultant, Life Coach, and Motivational Speaker in the areas of Christian Ministry, Business, Entrepreneurship, and Social Sector development residing in Moshi,Tanzania.

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