Once we repent of our sins before God and invite Jesus to live in our hearts, there are a number of things we need to embrace for our new lives as Christians. When we accept Christ, the Bible teaches that we are now a new creation. Our old lives are now in the past and God is now at work to make us new from the inside out. God is now the most important part of our lives. We are now in a real relationship and interaction with Him. Prayer is the way we communicate with God. There are a few different reasons we pray. Firstly we pray simply to communicate with God. He is now our best friend. We can tell Him everything that is happening to us; we can share our feelings with Him, our successes and our disappointments. It’s great to be able to discuss with God this way as it is a great way to get things “off our chest” that we might not want to share with anyone else.
Secondly we pray to God to help us to be who He wants us to be. We confess our sins before God; that is, all the things that we have said or done or even thought that we know He will not have been happy about. We ask Him for His empowerment to live holy lives, to obey His commandments, and for all the difficult things He calls us to do like forgiving people who have hurt us, and loving our enemies.
Thirdly we ask for things from God; things that will help us to live the life that He has called us to live. If we don’t have enough food or clothes or money we can ask for these things, or we can ask for Him to help us live in safety, or in peace with our neighbours. If we are not feeling well we can pray to Him for health and for strength. We can also make requests on behalf of other people such as our friends or family, or even strangers who live on the other side of the world.
The more we pray to God the more we get to understand how prayer works. It can be so exciting when God answers one of our prayers, sometimes right before our eyes! Some things (many things) we need to keep praying for repeatedly until the prayers are answered, and some things (many things) may not appear to get answered at all. However speaking from experience the more I pray the more confident I grow in the power of prayer.
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