Prayer is everything

By Josefina “Ndeshi” Gabriel |

I grew up in a family where people always prayed before eating and before sleeping. And when we woke up in the morning we had to pray.

But all that to me was not the meaning of prayer. It was simply a culture because I didn’t know why praying was an important thing to do.

It was only when I grew bigger did I get to understand deeply about the meaning and significance of prayer.

So what is prayer?

Prayer is the communication between God and people. When people are aware that they do have a father in heaven, they will try to communicate with him. The way to talk to God is only through praying. I know that everyone would want to talk to his or her father by all means possible.

Why then do we pray?

To ask God for something, blessings, help in hard times, healing, strength, forgiveness. And of course just to be in touch with our father.

We also pray to worship him, praise and adore him. And we pray to God to give thanks unto him for his mercy, love, protection, and guidance.

When do we need to pray?

Prayer is the first thing you have to do in the morning. And it’s the last thing you need to do when you’re going to sleep. When you are sick, suffering, offended, unemployed, rejected, in time of difficulties, prayer is the first thing you need to do.

Who needs to pray?

Everyone needs to pray. You don’t need to wait for people to come over and pray for you always. You must stand for yourself in prayer.

What if you don’t know how to pray?

If you don’t know how to pray ask God to teach you how to pray. Just by asking God to teach you how to pray it’s already a prayer.

Do you need to close eyes in prayer?

Praying with your eyes closed is necessary because it’s a way to have concentration and avoid distractions while you’re talking with God. It also shows humbleness in front of God.

But there are circumstances where you can pray without closing your eyes, for example if you’re walking somewhere in public and you want to pray, then you can do so without closing your eyes.

Prayer is the best tablet to heal, the best weapon to fight back your enemies, the best food to strength your spiritual life, best key to open the closed and locked doors, the best shield to protect you from being hurt, and the best cleaning material that can clean up your life.

Therefore you need to pray always and make prayer a part of your daily activities, and everything will be fine as long as you’re praying with faith.

So stop denying, neglecting, despising and ignoring the power of prayer.