Hello to everyone. I have a question about prayer. I do not have a full understanding of this question, and I noticed that I’m afraid to say something wrong. To be more specific, I have the following questions:
- May I bless my relatives (children, parents, husband)?
- I would pray in the morning for the coming day and bless all the deeds of the day.
- I wished blessings to those who came to me, called me, in other words – to everyone with whom I had fellowship.
- I would pray for the church, for the pastor – bless them.
- I would pray for the city, country and authorities.
- I would pray for the salvation of my relatives.
- Before traveling somewhere far, I prayed for the journey and blessed it.
- I would pray for healing, for the redemption from the demons.
I want to have full clarity on this question, and, please, be more specific, not like “you breathe and think, and these are your prayers”.
And one more thing. Could you explain to me the following Scripture:
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)
With love to everyone,
Prayer – is the breath of the faith, and we do not need to pray according to rules. Prayer – is the need in our God and how can we not pray to Our Father?! We contemplated that it is written to pray for authorities/government (1 Timothy 2:1-3), etc. Therefore, how it is in our heart today, we express our requests and prayers to God. Everything is simple and you shouldn’t be afraid. When you were a little child, you simply went to your father and mother and asked them for different things, and had no questions. This is how I understand.
If, for example, you will be coming to your earthly father daily and say the same memorized words, won’t he think that there is something wrong with you!? Because otherwise you might as well record your words of prayer and play them back when needed!?
God is the Living God and He accepts the Living worship and prayer, from the heart, when you as a child simply open before Him your inner-self. Also, prayer isn’t only when you call to God, but it is also when God speaks to you in your conscience, for you to hear Him, be edified, be comforted and joyous in having fellowship with Him, and this kind of fellowship does not seize, it is like the breath of faith. Just like David wrote in Psalm 15:7, that his interior preaches even in the night.
And a bit about groanings. If, for example, in your life you have a difficult situation, which you cannot resolve, and you even have no words to express what you are experiencing, then in this case only groanings remain in your heart which God also hears and certainly sends you an answer and consolation.
To pray is a simple question. Pray according to your desire and understanding. However, if you begin to see it is not sincere, not from your heart, but a necessary form, which is like a stamp, then don’t do it. Prayer should not be hypocritical, or to please people or circumstances, but it should be the movement/motion of the heart. Aloud or inwardly – it doesn’t matter. Christ rebuked Pharisees for their verbosity and ostentatious prayer in front of people.
It is also written that when a person asks for their own lusts, the prayer will not be answered. If you pray from your heart, then pray simply as it is; and decide yourself – when and how much. The simpler you will be, the more natural and sincere the movement of the heart will be in everything. This is true not only about prayer. The complete walking in faith is about simplicity, sincerity and straightforwardness.
Concerning the prayer points you listed, it is so. If you have a desire to pray according to all these points, then pray. You walk before God, and it is you who prays. There are no instructions here. The Scripture teaches the right faith and hope. However, it shouldn’t be your points that govern the prayer, but your faith and experiences/desires. If it will be the following of instructions, then this is no longer sincerity. If it is in your heart as such, then pray.