What is prayer and why pray? One definition of what and the why of prayer is “Prayer is connecting with your Heavenly Father in an intimate relationship.
“Jesus said …‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6 ESV).
In the Jewish New Testament Commentary. David H. Stern states that the model prayer in Matthew 6:5-15 provides spiritual sustenance that translates as follows:
“Our Father, in heaven, may the world see who you are by the way we live.”
The world may see our Heavenly Father by the way we live with His nature, His character, His power, and His attitudes in and through us. Taking on our Heavenly Father’s character comes about through an intimate relationship with Him. We carry God’s presence and name with us in our everyday living and wherever we go. An intimate relationship with the Lord reveals His character, His power, His love, and His attitudes in us.
Connect to Him simply means to acknowledge that He is God and that you need Him in all aspects of your life. He is a present God who wants to live in our present lives and circumstances.
I acknowledge Jesus Christ daily and connect with Him in an intimate relationship by praying – talking to Him, listening for His voice, and keeping company with Jesus. Keeping company with Jesus is a practice of His presence with you and in you. So, pray by talking, listening, and keeping His presence in mind.
How do you plan to connect with Jesus and keep company with Him today?
We will look at additional “whats” and “whys” of prayer in our next blog post in the following days.
Please comment below how you plan to connect with Jesus and keep company with Him today?
Carolyn Marlowe, CCLC