This is not always the case. There are emails we love to receive. They are from friends or an important source and we look forward to seeing that they have to say. We skip over message after message and open what we want. These messages are special. This is how prayer should be as well. It should be special communication from and to God.
Prayer has been of great value to people for thousands of years and yet it is still fresh and helpful today. Throughout the history of man, people have longed to know God, and communicate with Him. People may try to discount prayer, but this hunger for interaction continues today. People have a wide range of ideas and schemes as to the ways and means of talking with God, but only one way has been accepted by God. He responds to Christian prayer.
Christian prayer is a part of God's salvation package. Salvation is by faith; it is belief in Jesus as the Son of God. This salvation provides us with an opportunity to communicate with God. It opens the way for a special relationship, where God is our Father and interested and actively involved in our life. In this relationship God communicates with His children. This is prayer. We can come to God as our Father and present our needs and desires and He promises to listen and answer.
Some people struggle with this, they have lots of questions and thoughts, but prayer is presented like this in the Bible. And this has been the consistent practice of Christian for centuries. Prayer is first and foremost the communication part of a relationship with our Heavenly Father. It is available to His children and is for their blessing. God loves us and longs to have communication with us. He enjoys blessing us and being involved in our life and work.
So the question for you today, is simple but very important, is prayer a part of your life?
If your answer is yes, then you are able to enjoy God's blessings in a special way. His answers over come the seemingly impossible and bring amazing blessings. There is much to learn to grow and mature in prayer. Like learning to play the piano, even the novice can play, but there is much to learn to be a master. It will be helpful for you to visit my Voice of Thanksgiving website to learn more. This website is filled with information and teaching on effective, fervent prayer that avails much.
If your answer to the question, is prayer a part of your life, is a little shaky, now would be a good time to learn about and grown in prayer. There are some simple steps you can take to make prayer a more important part of your life. The steps are simple and God is willing and able, to help.
First step is to be a Christian. Are a Christian? If not today is the day to become one. This is not about church membership it is about right relationship to and confession about Jesus Christ. What you do with and say about Jesus makes all the difference in the world. Read these verses from the letter to the Romans found in the Bible.
If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10 (NKJV)
If you believe in your heart, as these verses say, you can be saved. Read them again, think about this, and then trust God to do what He says He will do. If you want to trust God, then say this prayer that follows, trusting He will make a change in your life and make you a Christian.
Dear God in Heaven, I recognize that I am a sinner, and I need help. I come to you in the name of Jesus to receive salvation and eternal life. I believe that Jesus is your Son. I believe that He died on the cross for my sins and that you raised Him from the dead. I receive Jesus now into my heart and make Him the Lord of my life. Jesus come into my heart, I welcome you as my Lord and Savior. Father, I believe Your Word says, that I am now saved. I confess with my mouth that I am saved and born again. I am now a child of God.
If you said this prayer and believe it, then congratulations, you are now a Christian!
There are some things you should do to follow-up on this and begin to enjoy your new life and prayer. Be active as a Christian, start by tell someone of your decision (you could email me). Get a Bible and read it and find a Christian church that believes the Bible, be an active and faithful participant at meetings. And get baptized.
You have now opened the door for prayer. It is important that you begin to pray. Finding a regular time, you can call out to God anytime and anywhere, but you need to build a habit of prayer and having a set time is very helpful. When you pray remember what Jesus taught about prayer, we should begin by praying to our Father. Talk to God has you would a good earthly father. Tell Him of your love for Him and of your daily needs and desires. Also spend time listening, as you practice prayer, you will come to know His voice.
It is that simple, we can all pray, but there is much we can learn to be mature and effective in prayer. God would like for us to become experts, skillful in the use of prayer. This comes from building a close relationship with Him and spending time praying.