“Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend” Steps to Christ.
Pastor Manzano presentation, First things first, began by listing some of the prayers in the Bible.
Jonah prayed while he was in the belly of the whale, the prayer of Jabez which is well known, the prayer of Job while he was suffering and the many prayers of David. Jonah, Jabez, Job and David prayed to God themselves.
He stated that, we should not depend on anyone to pray for us. God wants to hear our prayers. When you have a prayer life you are less stressed because you transfer the stress from yourself to God.
The question is asked; how do you know that what you prayed for was not going to happen anyway? The answer is that God sometimes sends the blessings ahead! (Isa 65:24)
He continued by saying that prayer is focusing on a being that is greater than you – otherwise you will be praying to a useless God.
Prayer is the declaration of your faith in God, it is what a feeble being uses to get a powerful God to move.
There is a general blessing you receive whether you serve God or not e.g. sunshine and rainfall. However there is a covenant blessing for people who accept God as their God. Prayer without a desire to glorify God is an abomination. The most important aspect of prayer is for you to find out God’s perspective on the matter. Your prayer to God should be should be; what shall I do? Because you know you have limited vision.
Pastor Manzano listed four things in prayer namely: desire, request, believe and receive. See Mark 11:24.
When you pray you should have an attitude of confidence (Matt 6:5). You should not pray for publicity as the Pharisees, instead you should have a prayer closet and your prayer should with a humble heart.
He finished his presentation by looking at the Lord’s Prayer and the pattern Jesus gave as to how we should pray. Our prayer should have:
The first principle of prayer is the willingness to submit to God’s will. Prayer is talking to God who is able to supply all your needs however, you need to be willing to be obedient to His will.
The next time you pray, think on these things!