What is Prayer?

To put it simply, prayer is a conversation with God. We directly engage God in prayer through spoken language, silent meditation, dance, or any other form of communication.  Prayer is a two way conversation, which means that listening is essentially involved. Prayer is God’s activity in our lives.  We pray to deepen our relationship with God and align our hearts with His.  Finally, we pray because Jesus prayed.

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.”

Mark 1:35

What’s Different About Intercessory Prayer?

Intercessory prayer is praying on the behalf of others whether it be on a grand scale like praying for our country and its leaders or personal prayer on behalf of a loved one.  Intercession is not simply just praying for someone else’s needs. When we intercede for someone in prayer, we do so with the real hope and intent that God would step in and act for the positive advancement of some specific person(s) or other entity. We trust God to act, even if it’s not in the manner or timing we seek. God wants us to ask, even urgently. It is acknowledging our dependence on God, and (at its best) having a bit of God’s passion burn in us.

“I commend intercessory prayer, because it opens man’s soul, gives a healthy play to his sympathies, constrains him to feel that he is not everybody, and that this wide world and this great universe were not after all made that he might be its petty lord, that everything might bend to his will, and all creatures crouch at his feet.”
Charles Spurgeon

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