Who prayed the first prayer? I would say Adam, since he was created first and received God’s instructions about tending the garden and the parameters of man’s authority on earth. The Bible implies that God made a practice of walking and talking with Adam in the cool of the day. (See Genesis 3:8–9.)
The fellowship between God and Adam formed the essence of the first prayer. Since Adam was in God’s presence, why did he need to pray? Adam needed to pray because the heart of prayer is communion with God in a unity of love and purpose. It is agreeing with God—heart, soul, mind, and strength—to bring about God’s will. Adam communed with God and agreed with His purposes.
Ever since the fall of mankind, we have needed to pray to enter God’s presence. Yet this is only for the purpose of taking us to the place of fellowship with God where Adam and Eve were before the fall—a place of purity before Him in which we reflect His nature and purposes and where our wills agree with His will.
This brings us back to an earlier question: Why do we have to ask God to do what He has already determined to do? When God gave man dominion, He placed His will for the earth on the cooperation of man’s will. God did not change this purpose when mankind fell, for His purposes are eternal. “The plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations” (Psalm 33:11).
Father, Your purposes are eternal. Thank You for granting us dominion over the earth. Please help me to prepare my heart through prayer so I can enter Your presence. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Prayer is not optional.
Reading: Genesis 26–27; Matthew 8:1–17
-Daily Power and Prayer Devotional