God is personal, all people can offer prayers, however, sinners who have not trusted Jesus Christ for their salvation remain alienated from God. They have not met the conditions laid down in the Bible for effectiveness in Prayer. So while unbelievers may pray, they do not have the basis for a rewarding fellowship with God.
Prayer cannot be replaced by devout good works in a needy world. Important as service to others is, at times we must turn away from it to GOD, who is distinct from all things and over all things.
The most meaningful prayer comes from a heart that places its trust in the God who has acted and spoken in the Jesus of history and the teachings of the Bible. God speaks to us through the Bible, and we in turn speak to Him in trustful believing prayer. Assured by Scripture that God is personal, living, active, all-knowing, all-wise, and all-powerful, we know that God can hear and help us. A confident prayer life is built on the cornerstone of Christ's work and words as shown by the prophets and apostles in the Bible.
In worship we recognize what is of highest worth. Not ourselves, others, or our work, but God. Only the highest divine being deserves our highest respect.
Awareness of God's holiness leads to consciousness of our own sinfulness. Like the prophet Isaiah, we exclaim, "woe is me, for I am undone Because I am a man of unclean lips; and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips, for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord God of Hosts" [Is. 6:5]. By sinning we hurt ourselves, and those closest to us; but first of all, and worst of all, SIN IS AGAINST GOD [Ps.51:4]. We need not confess our sins to another being. But we should confess them directly to God, who promises to forgive us of all our unrighteousness [1 John 1:9].
The early church is characterized by prayer [Acts 2:42]. They prayed regarding selection of leaders, they prayed during persecution, and in preparing to heal. Prayer is crucial to continuing in the Christian life [Rom. 12:12].
Calling upon God's name----prayer---is the first act and true mark of a believer.
PRAYER IN JESUS NAME:
is prayer that is seeking His will and submissive to His authority [John 14:13; 1 John 5:14].
Jesus displayed a regular and intense prayer life [Matt. 6:5;14:23, Mark 1:35]. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray after watching Him pray [Luke 11:1]. The prayer also provides a contrast to hypocritical prayers [Matt. 6:5]. The Lord's prayer was emphasizing how to pray, not what to pray.
THE LORD'S PRAYER:
Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
for thine is the kingdom, and the
power, and the glory, for ever.
Although some people think prayer is a waste of time, the Bible declares that "the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much" [James 5:16].
Prayer meets inner needs. One who prays will receive freedom from fear, strength of soul, guidance and satisfaction, wisdom, and understanding, deliverance from harm, reward, good gifts, fullness of joy, peace, and freedom from anxiety.
1 Peters 5:7, Joel 2:32; Ps. 118:5-6; Ps. 138:3; Is. 58:9-11. Will cont.