I love talking to my wife Hannah.
We waffle on to each other for hours, now probably more than when we first met. We tell each other about our day, what’s been on our minds, and what’s concerning us. We ask things of each other, like to pick up some strawberries or a pint of milk, and we thank each other for emptying the dishwasher or changing the bed.
It’d be odd, wouldn’t it, if we spent most of the day together, and only spoke for ten minutes at 7pm in the evening?
I think you know where I’m going with this 😀
Prayer is talking to God
Note that I say talking ‘to’ not talking ‘at’.
We pray in faith, and it’s a two-way conversation. When people struggle to hear from God it’s not because God isn’t talking, it’s because He can’t get a word in edgeways! We need to set aside time to let God speak to us and not fill every available second of the day with noise and distraction.
We can talk to God about whatever we want - He’s not going to be offended! We can thank God, for anything - not just at the dinner table by saying grace. Thank Him for the sunshine, thank Him for the rain, thank Him for His perfect love, provision and protection over your life, thank Him for His Son. Talk to God about your need, the Bible tells us to ‘ask, and it will be given to us’ (Matthew 7:7). Talk to God about your joy, cares and worries, talk to God if you’re angry, even with Him!
Praying is fellowship with God. Fellowship with Him throughout the day, whenever you want. You can talk to Him silently or out loud, alone or with others, formally and informally, in church or in McDonalds. Just talk to Him.
Praying in the Spirit
The Greek translation for ‘pray with’ in this verse has several different meanings, including to pray ‘with the help of’, ‘by means of’ and ‘in connection to’. When we pray in the Spirit it’s not about the words we’re speaking but how we’re praying, that is with the Holy Spirit’s leading. It’s praying for things that the Holy Spirit leads us to pray for. At Passion Church we believe in the gift of speaking in tongues as we pray in the Spirit. We understand this can be confusing for some people, particularly if you’re new to Christianity, so please feel free to approach any of us on the team if you’d like to discuss it further.
Types of Prayer
We believe prayer should be personal, fluid, informal and continuous versus formulaic, religious prayer. There’s a few prayers that we should all be familiar with, wherever we are in our journey with Jesus.