Prayer is a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or another deity. It is a communication process of the human soul with the Lord who created the soul. It is a mean through which our hearts connected with God, in expression of thanks or making requests from God.

The importance of prayer cannot be overemphasized and they include the following:

Prayer enables us to express gratitude to God for His loving kindness to mankind: We acknowledge His faithfulness and His abundance provisions; lovingkindness; tender mercy; divine protection and answer to our requests. Chronicle 16:34 says “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. The Psalmist tells us in Psalm 9:1 “I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.”

Prayer provides a platform to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness of that sins: Psalm 32:5 “I acknowledged my sin to You, and iniquity I have not hidden……” II Chronicle 7:14 “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Prayer is an act of worship and obedience to God: I Thessalonians 5:16-18 summarize prayer as an act of worship and obedience to God “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Prayer gives us access to the secrets of life:

Through our interaction with God in prayer, He reveals the secret things of life to us. Jeremiah 33:3 says “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

Prayer gives us platform to ask and receive from God:

Philippian 4:6 says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

Prayer is a channel of conquering the forces of darkness:

However, many people pray most times but receive few or no answer to their prayers. It seems the heaven is shut over them. It seems God is not there again. James 4:3 says “You ask and you do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” The motive behind every prayer matter most and that is why God most times do not answer some prayers. The initial motive of Hannah denied her answer to her request. She wanted her own baby in order to compete with Peninnah. When her motive changed, God answered her prayer with baby Samuel. I Samuel 1:11 “Then she made a vow and said Oh Lord of hosts if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” Our prayer should not be out of envy; competition or for our own pleasures.

The acceptable prayer by God:

Praying for a request from God should be with understanding. The first question we should ask ourselves is that, is this request is according to God’s will. I John 5:14-15 say “Now this is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of him”. Praying according to God’s will is praying for things that honour and glorify Him. Better understanding of God’s word will give us better understanding of what to pray for. The better we know what to pray for, the more often God will say “YES” to our request.

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