All Christians must develop a prayer life. Every day, we must spend some time to pray. Praying is a way of talking to God. When there seems to be no solution for a problem, the best solution is to pray to God. Usually, we will only turn to God when we face a dire situation. Every Christian has the right to pray and ask God for something he needs. You don’t need to go to a priest in order to speak to God. You can pray yourself in your own room. There is no need to request Mary or the apostles in heaven to pray for you. Making contact with the dead is a sin.
You should also pray for others instead of just praying for yourself. There are many things we can intercede to God in prayer. You can pray for the government, unsaved family members and friends, fellow Christians that are suffering from illnesses, and etc. Christians are to love others as much as they love themselves. An action of love is to pray for those who are needy. When God sees that you care for others’ needs, he will also take care of your needs. Matthew 6:33 states that we are to seek God’s kingdom first by doing his will before God will add unto us everything else we need.
Prayer intercession gives us power to fight against Satan. Just as soldiers going into war are armed with guns, we must armed ourselves with weapon when we go into a spiritual battle. The weapon to fight and win a spiritual battle is prayer and God’s words. We can pray in words or tongue language. It is important that Christians read God’s words in the bible. Without God’s words in your head, the devil can easily attack you.
Satan is constantly causing troubles because he want to draw more people to Hell. We can defeat Satan by frequently praying. If you do nothing, you are giving Satan the license to continue in carrying out his work of destruction. Matthew 7:7 states that we must ask before we can receive. You cannot expect God to automatically help you when you don’t ptay. Problems give us opportunities to develop our faith in Christ. As you pray, you will see God’s deliverance. Personal experience of God is crucial in order to develop a close relationship with God.
Prayer intercession has power when the people pray in faith. You can take part in prayer groups at the church. Prayer group can be effective as many believers are gathering together to pray in unity. The bible says that Jesus is present when two or three believers gather together to pray.
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25 KJV)
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26 KJV)
Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way (1 Samuel 12:23 KJV)
Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. (Numbers 21:7 KJV)
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers (1 Thessalonians 1:2 KJV)
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. (James 5:14-20 KJV)
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men (1 Timothy 2:1 KJV)
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. (1 Corinthians 14:1-5 KJV)
Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 14For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. (1 Corinthians 14:13-15 KJV)
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. (1 Corinthians 12:1-11 KJV)