What is Prayer?

Prayer is basically “talking with God.” Prayer can be silent or spoken, written or spontaneous, private or public. We communicate with the Creator who made us. Psalm 27:8 says, “When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O Lord, I will seek.'”

As in any relationship, we talk to God and we take time to listen to God, so we can have His perspective. Intimacy comes as we develop our relationship with Him; getting to know Him and deepening our trust in Him.

Webster’s 1828 dictionary says prayer is “addressing a Supreme Being, consisting of adoration, confession of our sins, supplication for mercy and forgiveness, intercession for blessings on others, and thanksgiving, or an expression of gratitude to God for His mercies and benefits.”

Philippians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

For an more in depth information about prayer, see the blog post: Teaching Someone How to Pray: ACTS by Lisa Blair; published October 15, 2020.

Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB)