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How do you define prayer? In Ecclesiastical terms, prayer is a personal communication or petition addressed to a deity in the form of supplication, adoration, praise, contrition, or thanksgiving. Further, according to the online dictionary, it is defined as any other form of spiritual communion with a deity. It is also defined as our solution to human problems, a form of devotion, or an earnest request, petition, or entreaty.
When I think of prayer, I think of that lifeline, an opportunity to connect with God, to intimately take the time to commune on a level more personal than just spewing forth words that we’ve memorized. Prayer is the time to talk to our friend, to listen to His answers, and to present our requests with thanksgiving for his future response to those petitions.
Jesus illustrated His need to commune with the Father when in Mark 14:32, He and His disciples went to Gethsemane to pray. “They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” Prayer for Him was personal, not something he wanted to share with His friends, but something that He wanted them to understand the importance of. He was not shy about letting them know He was praying, but His time was spent just between Him and His Father.
There is a place for corporate prayer but it’s important that we take the time to sit in personal communion with the Father, getting to know Him, and building a relationship. That can only be done away from the busy-ness our life revolves around, a quiet oasis where we can hear His still small voice, where distractions are few.
Jesus thought prayer was important. If we are truly a Follower of His, then we will also incorporate prayer into our morning, or evening routine. This quiet oasis of face to face visitation with God, a time unlike those hurried petitions that we throw up throughout our day. Take the time, make the time. Enjoy the Father. Let Him enjoy you.