Bible Journal

Define Prayer- What prayer is for us in the 21st Century

Did you know prayer has very practical applications for young adults, families, mothers, and every Christian in the 21st Century? Let’s look at prayer from a Biblical perspective and why YOU and every Christian should apply prayer more often in your daily life! 

Prayer is security

Colossians 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

In this world where there is terrorism, changing values and danger on every side, prayer is our security. We have to pray for safety all day every day. 

Prayer is prevention

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41)

Praying daily prevents many bad things from happening in your personal life, and in the world around you. We are required by the Bible to pray for world events so that we may benefit from peace and safety. 

Prayer is knowledge and wisdom

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (Jeremiah 33:3)

Don’t trust in your own ability. Ask God for guidance and wisdom in daily activity and you will be amazed at how He will give you wisdom and knowledge.

Prayer is investment/preparation

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6)

Preparing for your future? Making important decisions? Planning something great? Worried about something on the horizon? Prayer is the answer.

Prayer is worship

Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! (Psalm 141:2)

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. (Matthew 6:9)

Always remember to give honor to God in prayer. Your prayer is worship. 

Prayer is fellowship

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. (Matthew 18:20)

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (John 15:7)

Prayer is communication with God the Father, and fellowship through the Holy Spirit, and with brothers and sisters in Christ.  

Prayer is thanksgiving 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100:4-5)

It is important to give thanks for answered prayers and God’s blessings in your life! Most prayer in Scripture is thanksgiving prayer. 

Prayer is precise, logical and not mystical 

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. (Matthew 6:7)

Charismatics, Pentecostals and mystics claim they pray- but repetitive, trance-inducing mantras and mystical prayers are NOT Biblical. Prayer is a precise, logical communication established by GOD. 

Prayer is our access to blessings 

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

We have access to the Creator of the Universe! We have access to everlasting blessings for all our needs and wants. 

Prayer is Power

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. (James 5:16-18)

The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing, literally pray all the time. Prayer can be hard. But it is the most powerful tool and weapon of the Christian. That is why the Devil will do anything to distract you from prayer! 


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