The Importance of Prayer

‘The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much’. James 5:16

This was the beginning of the message at church last Sunday. As we entered into our second week of prayer and fasting. God just wanted to remind us of the importance of communicating with Him and staying in connection with him. If we search the scriptures we will see how important prayer is.

Prayer was mentioned 132 times in the New Testament

There are 650 prayers listed in the bible

There are 450 recorded answered prayers

It is recorded 25 times in the New Testament that Jesus went off on His own to pray.

If Jesus put such emphasis on prayer then shouldn’t  prayer be important to us? Shouldn’t we be putting greater emphasis on prayer too?

Sometimes we do pray amiss and God may say ‘no’ but even when he denies us shouldn’t we just give Him thanks because He knows what is best for us? He has our best interest at heart? How do we pray when we do pray? Are we praying in alignment with the scriptures?

Our Heavenly Father wants us to communicate with him. He wants us to share our thoughts, feelings, hurts, pains, anxieties, joys and expectations with Him. He wants us to take authority over the devices of the enemy.

Do you know that there are different types of prayers noted in the scriptures? Prayers that can guide us on how to pray?

Prayer of Communion – Psalm 32:5 ; James 4: 7-10

Prayer of agreement/corporate prayer – (Lifting up your needs)- Matthew 18:19; Act 1:14

Prayer of supplication\ (Lifting up your needs) – Philippians 4:6-7; James 5:16; Hebrews 4:16

Prayer of Forgiveness – Matthew 26:39

Prayer of intercession (On behalf of others) – 1 Timothy 2:1

Prayers of Thanksgiving – Psalms 9:1; 1 Chronicles 16:34

Prayer of Deliverance – Galations 5:1; Psalm 32.7

Prayer of Healing – 2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 103: 1-5

Prayer of Spiritual Warfare — There are two types: Dealing with yourself (Your mind is the battlefield) & (Repentance and Forgiveness); Dealing with Satan and demons (Putting on the Full Armor) & (Binding & Loosing) James 4:7; Isiah 54:17; 2 Corinthians 10: 3 – 5; Ephesians 6: 11 – 17

Let us be diligent and make time to communicate with our Heavenly Father daily because if we do not we will miss out on His guidance/leading/direction and miss out on some of the blessing He has in store for us. Make it part of your daily routine to pray.