Experiencing God | God Speaks Through Prayer

Prayer is so much more than the mere act of reciting religious edicts to our Heavenly Father. It is not a mechanical practice. Prayer is a powerful form of communication, in which a dialogue is opened with God. It is about a relationship, where we can both talk to our Father, and then listen for His response to us. He will speak back to us when we are in tune with the Holy Spirit and seek Him in scripture. The experience becomes evident when we know who God is, and have a relationship with Him, rather than just knowing about God. It is a healthy, two way communication with a living God.

Before establishing a relationship with God, my prayers were used solely in times of need, and when I wanted the scales tipped in my favor. It was more of a wish list than it was a conversation, and the only relationship was the one I had with myself, not with God. The expectation was that God was there to perform when I asked Him to. As my walk with God grew deeper, I realized that through prayer, I can have and maintain an intimate relationship with my Heavenly Father. Prayer is not something God needs from us, but He wants us to have that loving relationship with Him. We are the ones who need to pray, so that God has the room to move in and through our lives.

When we pray, we need to call out to our Father with praise and worship. We need to bypass any worldly emotions attached to the term father, and speak into the relationship with our Holy, Divine Father. He is constant, dependable and filled with integrity; always faithful, even when we are not. He is there for us at all times, ready for us to cry out to Him. God seeks to establish His Kingdom here on Earth through us, His representatives, allowing Heaven and earth to collide, by obeying His laws and reflecting God in our own lifestyle. 

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”  Jesus said, “This is how you should pray: Father, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come soon. Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation.” (Luke 11: 1-4)
Key Ingredients to Prayer: 
-        Establish a relationship with the Father.
-        Know that He has dominion and ask for His kingdom here and now.
-        Allow God to provide for you; He will make a way.
-        Confess when you miss the mark through sin, restoring harmony in the relationship.
-        Forgive others and also forgive yourself.
-        Be filled with things of God, releasing everything to Him and seeking Him during times of temptation from this world; submit and surrender to the Lord.
-        Listen for God’s response in your life and in scripture.