Breakthrough Prayer Part 2


Breakthrough Prayer Part 2

People have debated the difference between humans and animals for many years. We breathe the same air, have similar digestive systems, both have defense mechanisms and feelings. 

Some say the difference is that humans talk to each other, but they are discovering how animals communicate and even talk to each other. However there is one huge difference between every animal and mankind. Humans can pray. You can talk to your dog and communicate some things, but you cannot pray with your dog or cat.

There are huge differences between Christian prayer and other prayer.

1. A Christian can never pray alone

Let me explain. In other religions a person can pray to their God and no one else is involved. With Christians there is a minimum of four people; you, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And then, once you start praying the devil turns up. This is one reason why prayer is such a battle. Now there’s five of you!

Ephesians 6:12
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Scripture encourages us to pray with others, because there are so many involved. There is safety in numbers, and it makes your prayer more powerful.

Matthew 18:19
19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

This all adds a lot more weight to Mark 11:17 "My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations". The spiritual power generated when many pray together is the hope of the world.

When the disciples asked Jesus in Luke 11:1-2 to teach them to pray, He replied in the Lord’s prayer, OUR Father in heaven, not my father.

2. Prayer is conversation, not meditation

In many religions and for people in the world prayer is meditation. But for Christians the bible teaches that prayer is conversation. Prayer as mediation has crept into the church, but it comes from Eastern mysticism. 

What does the bible teach? Read everything Jesus said about prayer and 95% is about asking and talking, not thinking. Jesus' own prayer is well illustrated in John 17 in Gethsemane. He repeatedly asks, He is not meditating.

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray He also replied in Luke 11:2 "…when you pray SAY". How did we miss that. Not when you pray, think, meditate. Prayer is simple, a child telling his father what he needs.

It is easier to pray when you're alone if you pray out loud. If you get troubled with wandering thoughts start speaking out loud. 
Breakthrough prayer requires more than meditation, thinking or whispering; it requires talking. 

3. Prayer is a relationship, not a method

One of the key aspects of prayer is to avoid it becoming a ritual, a method. The key to breakthrough prayer is developing our relationship with God and pursuing His presence in prayer. The Bible says nothing about what we call a quiet time. It does say pray at all times, but does not say have quiet time.

I wonder if we get too accustomed to the fact we can meet with God, the One who has all power, any time we want to. I wonder if we would pray more if we only had access three times a week; Tues, Thurs, Fri at 7:00 to 8:00am.

God does hear and answer prayer, so never give up and expect breakthrough. Prayer is powerful; we can all enjoy breakthrough prayer.

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