Why we pray?
We like to say, “There’s no place like home”.
We are His temple (1.Cor 6:19), the place where He dwells, wants to be at home. When we come together, His presence increases, and inner attitudes like that of unity allow His presence to flow in blessings, strength, and anointing (Ps. 133).
Jesus said in Mk.11:17: „And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.”
The atmosphere in which God feels at home is that of prayer, but we can make His house anything we want. In Jesus’ time, people made His house a den of robbers. What do we make of it? When we love His presence, worship is wonderful, preaching the Word is inspiring; and prayer makes God feel at home – in us and in our churches.
(2.Chr.7:14) „If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.“
Teach us to pray
The disciples were Jewish believers and had already grown up praying. So, when they asked Jesus to “teach us to pray,” they couldn’t have meant that He should teach them to talk to God, because anyone could do that. Why didn’t they ask Jesus how to heal the blind, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, or still the storm? I think they knew that the key to Jesus’ miracles was His prayer life. Jesus did what He did because of the way He prayed.
Have you ever asked the Lord „Teach me to pray“?
It could be the beginning of a wonderful journey!
First of all…
1.Tim. 2:1-2 „I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that e may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.“
Paul, the writer of the letter to Timothy, was inspired by the Holy Spirit when he said, “I encourage you, before you do anything else, you should first pray for all the people on this earth, in all the different kinds of prayer that exist.”
How do I do that? It’s about praying for all people everywhere, people I know and people I don’t know. But praying for everyone in the world all the time is technically not possible.
The answer comes in the next verse. Pray for kings and all those in authority so that we can live in peace and act like God to show people who He is.
We see from this that the way to change the world is to change the authorities of the world through prayer. Every Christian is encouraged to pray first for the people who have authority over the nations – in Greek: before you do anything else. In this way, you help and pray for everyone.