We are been gifted with the ability to communicate with God. He is so good and that’s why He listens to every prayer we offer to Him.
To understand prayer let’s look at the requirements of prayer.
1) You should be very clear about who you are praying with.
Some people pray to universe , new age believers trying to take power from universe.
Some pray to Mary mother of Jesus, which is again not understanding the purpose of prayers, prayer is talking to God, God wants us to communicate with Him.
We are designed with the ability in our spirit to commune with God. not using it is foolishness.
Some go to angels , and various man made images all that are connecting to a lesser power, lesser authority, and connecting to the created being not the creator.
It’s wise to get connected with the one who created us.
2) You must have faith for prayer.
Faith here is knowing God and understanding how His system works in spirit world. Knowing the authority Jesus has over everything is the key for faith in prayer.
Matthew 8:5-13 New International Version (NIV)
The Faith of the Centurion
5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” 8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
Jesus marveled at the centurion’s understanding about the system of God’s system works, he understood that Jesus has power and authority over everything .That is faith here .
Praying without understanding the power of God, love of God for us , is simply not going to be powerful.
Again having faith is one thing and having unbelief is a dangerous thing.when we have unbelief what we pray for , we cannot receive, because bible is very clear about people limiting God with their unbelief, even Jesus couldn’t perform much miracle in his town with people having unbelief.
3) prayer requires forgiveness.
We should have a clean conscious before God , if we have committed sin , we can’t simply start praying , God has forgiven us through Jesus, He doesn’t remember our sins but we remember our sins and we need a mind which is free of guilt.
Secondly we should forgive those who have sinned against us. With bitterness and vengeance on anyone we can’t expect our prayers to reach God.
4) Thanks giving and praises are important for every prayer.
Because thanks giving shows our understanding of what God does in our life and His care for us, which has power in the spiritual world , demons tremble when we have proper understanding with our loving Daddy. satan’s scheme from the beginning is stealing understanding of God from people starting from Adam and Eve.
Praising God also makes the universe get connected to us because we glorify the one who created everything, when praising God we are declaring our understanding about His power, authority, ability to do anything, create or destroy , one who can move mountains , dry the sea all that makes our ready for a miracle by filling us with the truth . Truth sets us free.
5) Every prayer is a spiritual warfare.
We need to pray for our protection and deliverance from evil that’s what Lord’s prayer is teaching us.
Deliver us from all evil .