Prayer is an art of communion with the Lord or a two way communication to God. You speak to Him and in return hear from Him, from you to the Lord and the Lord to you. My journey as a believer has been a rough bumpy ride, along the way I have learnt to communicate with the Lord wit the help of the Holy Spirit. In the past, challenges tried to overwhelm me and it became tough to pray because my eyes were fixed on the situation. Now I have learnt to fix my eyes on the Lord, click here for post on My eyes are fixed on You. It surely has been a learning process during this period. What has kept me pressing on is understanding the key importance of prayer and its effects when we pray the right way. Below are the highlighted the key importance of prayer to me :
DEEPER LEVEL OF INTIMACY: Prayer has developed my relationship with the Lord to a deeper level of intimacy. In His presence is the vulnerability of a child’s heart. Opening my heart, releasing every emotional pains, brokenness, bitterness, unforgiveness, laying them at the cross then cleansing and purifying my heart through the blood of Jesus helps me to have direct access through Christ my mediator. If you search for the Lord wholeheartedly He will find you and meet you at your point of need, Jeremiah 29:13 NLT. This requires complete surrender and release to Lord Jesus Christ all your burdens so He deals with it not you but the Lord takes charge.
INCREASED TRUST IN THE LORD: The more you seek Him the more you know more of who He is. As you know more of Him, your trust in the Lord increases thereby increasing your level of faith, click here for How to build your faith in God. It is essential to develop a time of seeking Him behind closed doors to receive words of love, encouragement and direction. Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come Jeremiah 33:3 NLT.
ASSURANCE THAT HE HAS ANSWERED YOUR PRAYERS: The word of God says ask and you shall receive seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall open, Matthew 7:7. Because He is our Heavenly Father He knows whats best for us and He will not give us a stone for bread. When you pray with a pure right heart He will surely answer you. And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him 1 John 5:14 NLT.
PLACE OF SECURITY: When you abide in His presence you arrive at a place of rest and security, where your heart and mind is at rest because you are under the shadow of His wings and in the secret place of the Most High, Psalm 91:1 amp. Prayer helps you to arrive at that place of security. Never stop praying 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT, it is as simple as that never stop praying, praying always in the spirit, thanking Him for what He has done, praising Him and meditating on His words. Keep persevering, do not give up, keep on praying. In His presence is where you will find peace and joy, in a time of intimacy with the Lord.
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