ASPECTS OF PRAYER
In the following paragraphs some of the different aspects of prayer are covered so that you can consider them in your prayer life.
If we donít know what we should be praying for, let it be in accordance to Godís will. Ask the Holy Spirit for help, but be patient for His response.
In Romans 8:26-27 we get a guide, In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.
The believer is frequently at a loss for what to pray for or as it says in 2 Corinthians 5:7 We live by faith, not by sight, meaning that we canít see what to pray for but our faith guides for what to pray for.
To learn how to avoid temptation we look at Matthew 26:41 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
There are many ways to fall into temptation, one which is to strive for riches or make our goal in life to accumulate money. I
n 1 Timothy 6:9 we see the danger of seeking wealth at the expense of spiritual needs, People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. There are yet other temptation that are common to humans which they can resist if they rely on prayer.
In 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
The strength of the Lord is available if we want to resist temptation, but we canít ask the Lord to take the temptation away while we are still toying with the temptation. The Lord is the only secure means of escaping the tempterís snare.
James 1:13-15 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. If we seek His aid and depend on His promise then He will be faithful.
We take a look now at the personal attitude of those in prayer by looking at Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Every Christian should have some time allotted for prayer and a place where he can be alone with God. When we have experienced the protective care of God in our overnight sleep, and the cares and concerns of the day have not assailed us, it is a good time for our prayers of thanksgiving to God. Every person will find times when we are filled with disappointment and our hopes are dashed, or by the loss of a friend, when we feel the need to draw close to God to tell Him of our sorrow and obtain the comforting care of His closeness. There are other times when we are inclined toward prayer for no conscious reason we are ware of, but the inclination is too strong to ignore so we pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide our prayer.
Luke 18:1-5 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!'"
"In every joy that crowns my days,
In every pain I bear.
My heart shall find delight in praise,
Or seek relief in prayer.
"When gladness wings my favou'd hour,
Thy love my thoughts shall fill,
Resign'd when storms of sorrow lower,
My soul shall meet thy will,
"My lifted eye, without a tear
The gathering storm shall see
My steadfast heart shall know no fear,
That heart shall rest on thee."
By Helen Maria Williams, 1790
In Colossians 4:2-6 Paul tells us Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
We must recognize that it is prayer that strengthens faith. We must rejoice in the saving grace of our Lord by offering thanks in our prayers for His love for us.
How long should we spend in prayer? The Bible does not have explicit instruction on the time that should be spend in prayer. We have the example of Jesus who spent all night in prayer. To be guided by the Holy Spirit ask Him to guide you in your prayer life.
We see Christís comments on the Holy Spirit in Luke 10:21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
The scripture doesnít tell us how long to pray or when to pray, but that we should pray to our Heavenly Father because He knows what you need before you pray..
Conclusion: Depend on the Holy Spirit to guide your prayers especially if you are in doubt what to pray for. Ask the Lord to keep you from falling into temptation. You must remember that you must be earnest about seeking help to not fall into temptation. You canít be half-hearted in your request and expect to gain help.