Tragedy came to mankind when Adam and Eve turned their backs on God and desired their own wills instead of His will.
Some people believe that prayer originated because sin separated us from God and we needed a way to reconnect with Him. That is one use for prayer; however, it is not the heart of prayer. To understand prayer’s essence, we must realize that it began with the creation of mankind. It was not instituted after the fall but before it. Prayer existed from the beginning of God’s relationship with man.
The nature of prayer can be understood only in the context of God’s purposes for humanity, to commune and rule with God, which we have discussed in the last few days.
The essence of prayer is twofold:
1.Prayer is an expression of mankind’s unity and relationship of love with God;
2.Prayer is an expression of mankind’s affirmation of and participation in God’s purposes for the earth.
To pray means to commune with God, to become one with God. It means union with Him—unity and singleness of purpose, thought, desire, will, reason, motive, objective, and feeling. H. D. Bollinger said, “Prayer is being expressing relationship with being” (emphasis added). Therefore, prayer is a vehicle of the soul and spirit by which man communes with God. Prayer is also the medium through which the human spirit affects and is affected by the will and purpose of the divine Creator.
It is man cooperating with God’s purposes for the earth. Therefore, prayer is the involvement of oneself (one’s whole self) with the living God.
Father, Your desire to commune with me blesses me. May I walk with You in communion and unity with Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Prayer is the expression of man’s relationship with God and participation in His purposes.
Reading: Genesis 23–25; Matthew 7
-Daily Power and Prayer Devotional