We laugh together and we play together, but sometimes we cry alone. For the month of April, let us pray TOGETHER. You are too precious to God, for Him to leave you alone, so He sent us along to pray for you and with you. Just click here https://www.imaniblog.com/prayer to send your prayer requests throughout the month of April and every day, a small community of believers, will agree with you in prayer and intercede for you. Don’t worry, it is completely anonymous.
Before we start, I’ll share four points to ponder as we P.R.A.Y.
P – OSTURE
The posture for prayer is a posture of faith. We go to God with our requests and desires because we believe that He hears and answers us when we pray. It doesn’t matter how farfetched or impossible the ask may be, God specialises in the impossible and unattainable. Your posture, that is, your stance and conviction when you pray, should be driven by your belief in God and His unchanging promises. So as you pray, believe hard, believe completely and believe unwaveringly. Your faith doesn’t need prayer, but your prayers need faith. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (Mark 11:24)
R – ELATIONSHIP
Anyone can pray and I encourage everyone to pray, even if you aren’t fully convinced about God to whom you pray. It may sound contradictory at first but I believe that any entreating of the heavenly Father, is an invitation for Him to reveal himself to those who don’t know Him and to deepen the faith of those who do. God’s primary desire is for us to be reconciled to right standing and a loving relationship with Him. When you pray, always ask God to reveal more of His character to you and more of His plan and purpose for you. Experiencing God intimately, increases your faith in Him and you can live confidently, knowing that He is your help and your guide. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”. (2 Peter 3:9)
A – SSURANCE
If restored relationship is God’s primary desire for us, then eternal peace with God is our assurance. This assurance is important for prayer, because we know that when we ask Him for anything, we don’t go to him as beggars, but we boldly approach His throne as sons and daughters. This assurance of our status as children of God is why we cry out, "Abba (Daddy) Father" and it is the assurance that when we ask Him for bread, He won’t give us a stone. “So, if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him”. (Matthew 7:11)
Y – YES/NO/NOT YET
Prayer is not an undertaking of probability but it is an understanding of pre-eminence. God is in the future, the past and the present, with wisdom that far exceeds our own and a plan that transcends the here and now. This sobering truth about the supremacy and timeless nature of God, is why we trust that his answers are ALWAYS correct. Prayer is less an exercise of asking than it is an exercise of trusting. Why pray then? Because you never know when His 'Not Yet' could turn into a 'Yes'. Pray, because the journey of faith and a deeper relationship with God is just as important as the answer. Pray, because you should want to create a lifestyle of consultation and direction from God rather than maintain a practice of one -off input and answers.
Let’s pray together this month. Let’s pray for each other. Let’s move mountains and transform lives with our prayers. Let’s pray for deliverance, let’s pray for release, let’s pray for God to reveal our gifts and talents, let’s pray for courage to stand and let’s pray for strength to endure. Let's put everything before the throne of God, Let’s just P.R.A.Y!