School of Prayer – Two Basic Purposes of Prayer


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I know it’s been a while since I posted on the “School of Prayer” series. Truth be told I missed the last session before school went on break (due to my surgery) and we only reconvened this week after a break for the Holidays. Well as usual class was very enlightening. Pastor Dougie shared some powerful information on the purpose of prayer and the value of it to God, His purpose and His people. In this post I’m going to share on the two basic purposes of prayer and sometime before the next session I’ll share on what I’ve learned thus far on the value of prayer.

PURPOSE 1 

Prayer ushers us into the realm of the spirit and gives us direct access to the presence of the living God. 

For us to greater appreciate the above statement, let us look at where prayer takes place;

Luke 11:2  And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven – This scripture reveals that we must pray to God who is in heaven.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. – Here we are instructed to go before the throne of grace with boldness.

Both these verses indicates to us that prayer does not take place in the natural realm. Praying is the activation of authority in the supernatural realm, therefore it is not something to be entered into lightly. We must approach prayer with the consciousness that we are entering into a completely different realm where there are forces at war.  In the spiritual realm there are forces which help us to reach the throne of grace and others which work to hinder us. A good example of this can be seen in Daniel chapter 10, where the angel of God appeared before Daniel explaining to him that his prayer was heard and answered on the first day he prayed. However en route to delivering God’s answer to Daniel, the prince of Persia tried to stop the angel and hindered Daniel’s answer for twenty-one (21) days.

Here we see that the enemy understood the power of Daniel’s request and the authority that God’s answer would give to Daniel. He also understands the power and authority we exercise through fervent prayer and will try to hinder our requests and answers just as he tried to Daniel’s. Now that we Know the enemy is fearful of the power we obtain through prayer, how much more should we go before the throne of grace and make our petitions and requests known to our Heavenly Father?

PURPOSE 2 

Prayer has the power to make manifest on earth the possibilities that God has established for us in the heavenly or supernatural realm.

Luke 11:9-10 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Take a careful look at the words in the scripture above. They are a clear indication that there are things which we can gain access to only through prayer. Things which have already been ordained in heavenly places that require our prayer in for their manifestation to take place in the natural realm. Prayer empowers us to make manifest on earth those things which God has already ordained for us in heaven. If we do not pray and exercise our authority to ask, seek and knock, these things remain in the heavens, but with prayer they become our reality here on earth.

REMEMBER

When you approach prayer in the future do so with an understanding that you are being ushered into a completely different realm where there are limitless possibilities. Therefore, enter into prayer more soberly and with a greater consciousness so that you can maximize the possibilities that you are afforded when you have the privilege of entering the realm of the spirit; into the very presence of God.

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