Prayer is many things. It is communion, adoration, thanksgiving, confession, petition, intercession, and submission. If it were necessary to pick one of these terms to talk about prayer, the writer would pick communion, for the real purpose of prayer is to bring us into a close communion and fellowship with God. There are millions of people around the world who pray. They may use rosary beads, say so many Pater Noster’s, Hail Mary’s, or spin a prayer wheel as do the Buddhists. They may also read their prayers from a special prayer book, recite certain incantations that are supposed to influence deity, or whatever else might be appropriate to them. But, do they come into contact with and have communion with God? This is not to say that the persons who perform these rites are not sincere in their attempts to reach God.
Prayer is the cry of the human heart reaching out to an Almighty God for assistance, for fellowship, for blessing.
In future writings we will address many facets of prayer. One of my favorite readings concerning the subject comes from Andrew Murray, “With Christ in the School of Prayer.” One cannot possibly go through this devotional, day by day, wholeheartedly meditating upon Murray’s musings without being challenged and changed.
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