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Prayer is fellowship with God using God’s language to accomplish God’s will for God’s glory.

I hesitate to lay out specifics or guidelines for prayer because prayer is about relationship. It’s best if we don’t strive to be an expert in externals, but strive to allow God access to our internal – that’s where the healing begins. In prayer, there are some things to consider as we seek to deepen our connection to God.

Prayer is often (but not always) private. That is to say, a substantial portion of our prayer life should be hidden from others. See Matthew 6:6) where Yeshua tells us to pray in secret. This does not mean that we are not to pray in public or in the presence of others, it just allows us to see that some of our prayer time–our communication with Adonai–should be just us and Him, in communion. Yeshua modeled this for us. He was up early and off by Himself in prayer with the Father. (See Matthew 14:23, 26:36; Mark 1:35; and Luke 9:18)

Prayer is not assigned to one set time of the day. After the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, the Rabbis established a pattern for prayer that mirrored the times of the offerings that had been made in the Temple, namely morning, afternoon, evening, etc. This helps us to see that God would have us come to Him before our day begins, during the day and at the end of the day when we are preparing to sleep or wind down our day.

In Psalm 63:1, the psalmist models a time with God in the early hours of the day. “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.” The prophet Isaiah says, “with my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early.” Isaiah 26:9 See also Psalm 55:17, “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.”

In his epistles, Paul provides some insight into prayer. Philippians 4:6, urges the listener to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” He exhorts in another letter, “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The implication is that communion with Adonai which includes praise (rejoicing), prayer (supplication and petition among other things) and thanksgiving are to be done without end–unbroken fellowship with the Father.

Once God can have real conversation with us, He can heal whatever kind of broken we have. The healing of God comes through communion and fellowship with God.

Prayer is fellowship with God using God’s language to accomplish God’s will for God’s glory.


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