By Prasad Aghamkar
Prayer is an integral part of our religious life. Prayer is found in almost every religion. Every religion, culture and people group have their own style and method of prayer.
In world religions, like Islam, the worshiper begins his prayer first, by standing, bowing, prostrating himself, and concludes by sitting on the floor. During each posture, he recites verses, phrases and prayers. While praying, devotees face towards the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca. They offer prayers five times a day.
In Hinduism, many Hindu homes have a shrine where offerings are made and prayers are said. A shrine can be anything: a room, a small altar or simply pictures or statues of the deity. Family members often worship together. Many times they just chant “ready made” mantras.
But let us focus on the Christian prayer:
What is prayer?: It is a heart to heart, sincere and humble talk with God. It is talking to our Almighty God, the Father, through the Son, Jesus Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit. Our sincere prayers are not only oxygen to ourselves, but they can also provide oxygen to weak and spiritually dying people too, and that is why; 1 Thessalonians 5:17, teaches us to “Pray without ceasing.”
- Anyone and everyone can, and need to pray.
- Prayer should be in our DNA. Just like air/ oxygen is essential for us to stay alive; similarly prayer is extremely essential in our Christian spiritual life.
- Prayer helps us to stay connected with our loving God, the Father, who is the source of every good thing.
- Prayer reminds us that we are always dependent on God’s grace and mercy. The moment a person stops praying to God, his connection with God ends.
Unique things about Christian prayer are:
- We can pray anywhere, anytime .We need not have specific direction, we do not need any idol in front of us, our God does not need any material offering from us; there is no specific time. He is Omnipresent God. When we pray; He needs only our faith and our heart.
- Our God is always available and eager to hear our prayers. Bible says, “Behold, the guardian of Israel never slumbers nor sleeps”.
3.We can pray to Almighty God in all circumstances and at all the times.
The Power of prayer:- Just want to share a testimony of one Hindu Girl from our Asian fellowship. 3-4 months back she had asked Vandana and me to pray for her mother and job situation. After one month she came running to our Tea Stall and told us, “you prayed for me and your God answered my prayer request.” Her mom, who had suffered a stroke, was walking again and the girl got a job!
Next month, I asked this Hindu girl to share her testimony in our monthly fellowship and she told in front of other Hindu people that how Jesus answered her prayers. Praise God! When we pray, our prayers touch even Hindu people and they too acknowledge that Jesus is the only powerful and living God.
In the same Indian fellowship, one Hindu person who is from the highest caste in Hinduism, rich and educated, heard this testimony and asked me to pray for his family. I invited him to my office and shared the Gospel and told the difference between praying to Jesus and praying to other gods and prayed for him. After one week, he and his wife came to visit me, especially to tell me how Jesus had answered our prayers. His wife told me that they had been doing all rituals, offering many things to their idols, praying to their gods for 17 years, but never got the answer.
Another Hindu wrote me an email:
I am always grateful to you. It is only because of your prayer Almighty Lord has blessed us. I can never forget your generosity and friendship. God bless you and your family members! Thanking you.”
How amazing is the power of prayer!
We all can pray:- The Bible teaches us that God has blessed His children with different gifts and talents, but prayer is something that everyone can do. We all cannot preach, or teach or help financially or go overseas for mission work, but we all can pray. Our prayers can bring change in the lives of many unbelievers. More than our words, there is power in Almighty God.
The Bible says: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us”. 1 John 5:14
Someone , somewhere needs your prayer support; are you willing to pray?
Your one prayer can change and save somebody’s life forever. Let us start praying from TODAY.