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To understand Prayer we must understand who God is.
God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient., These are His essential attributes. God is All in ALL.
God has created all things that exist and have existed and will exist, there is nothing created that God did not create; everything comes from God, nothing excluded.
God has created all things for Himself, for His pleasure, Not for us.
God has decreed how all things will come to pass (past, present and future) before the world was and in NO WAY we human can change that. No amount of prayer will change Godís will, which is what God has decreed from the beginning of time.
In ourselves we are less important than a speck of dust (Isa 40:15,22), and only exist because of Godís pleasure and will (Rev 4:11). If God were to say ďI got enough of theseĒ we will simply disappear, immediately.
Prayer is not a shopping list that God has to supply to us, and God does not need our prayers, He is in need of nothing, otherwise He would not be God.
But prayer is our act of obeisance to God Almighty our Creator and our Keeper and He has established that the only way we can communicate with Him is trough prayer in deep humility with thankfulness.
Prayer demonstrates to us that we are TOTALLY dependent on God; on EVERYTHING, nothing excluded.
When we pray for something it has to be according to His will, otherwise it will not come to pass (1Jo 5:14). When we pray for a sick person, it is good and we are called to pray for that, but if God has decreed that that person shall die, then that person will die for sure and no amount of prayer can change that.
Proof: honestly how many times you have prayed for something and it did not come to pass?? This is because it was not in accordance with Godís will.
Thus prayer is an activity to mould our will to His will, willingly; in other words to grow in the mind of Christ.
Our lives should be in a constant state of prayer, glorifying and thanking God.
God is so magnificent and so munificent that He will provide for all your needs, even though you may not be praying for them.
Finally NEVER say that something came to pass because of your prayers or that your prayers moved God to do your bidding, a thing He would not otherwise have done without your prayers, for it is an offence to Him. This outcome was decreed by God before you were born, from the beginning of time, before you prayed for it. You simply prayed according to Godís will but the outcome was set already from the beginning.
Nevertheless we are commanded to pray for our comfort and for interceding for others and to witness our submission to God.
ďConfess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.Ē (Jam 5:16 AV)
To note that a righteous man always prays according to Godís will, otherwise he would not be righteous.