Prayer is simply how we communicate our hearts to our Father, by having a conversation with Him, and coming to Him in humility and surrender, asking Him for His will to be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Yahushua (Jesus Christ) gave us the model prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. His words are clear and precise on how we should pray. It is extremely important to have a repentant and humble heart, because if we have not repented and are living in willful sin, Father will not hear us. (Psalm 66:18). We need to have a heart full of thanksgiving and praise as well, giving Father the honor and glory that is due Him. His instructions are simple.
5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.[a] 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Yahushua also instructed the disciples to pray in his name—to ask the Father on behalf of the Son. When they walked out the door of the upper room at the Last Supper—and especially, when they walked out of room on Pentecost— their world was incredibly different. They entered into a whole new realm of spiritual warfare. The evil one, satan who was defeated at the cross, escalated the spiritual confict as the church of Yahushua was established on Pentecost with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Yahushua told them in the upper room at the Last Supper that a radical change was coming in regard to how they should pray: “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name”. Why will the Father give us what we ask in the name of Yahushua? He will do this if and when we are engaged in fulflling the mission that we have been given.
Matthew 18:18-20 (NKJV) tells us:
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
John 15:16-17 (NKJV)
16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.
So when our hearts are focused on His command to save souls and preach the gospel to advance His Kingdom on the earth, Father will hear our prayers and answer them according to His will. He has also promised He knows our needs before we ask, and we are assured that we will have all that we need. This does not mean we do not ask, but we ask in the full assurance of faith, knowing that all has already been provided. We should pray as if our prayers have already been answered, as this reaffrms and grows our faith in Him. This is expressing also that our trust is in Him completely. Our prayers are to be united to His heart, and we are to desire what He desires for ourselves and others here on the earth.
* Yahushua is Hebrew for Jesus