The biblical secrets of prayer are an exploration into our common process of prayer compared to how the bible instructs believers to pray.
Many people pray, in fact, every culture and ethic group has its own ritual of prayer.
However, men who humble themselves before The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ call upon the only God who answers the petitions of those who love Him.
Our common process of prayer is rooted in our ancestry and community.
For example, if we lived in the country of Israel certainly we would follow the traditions of that country; praying three times a day, fasting in sackcloth and ashes, observing feasts and festivals just to name a few of their practices.
In the Black community prayer is likewise rooted in what we saw and heard our parents and grandparents pray.
Our patterns and rituals of pray became etched in our hearts and minds…and we pray like we pray because “my papa prayed this way” or because our pastor prayed in this manner.
What are the biblical secrets of prayer? In other words, is there a way of praying that gives the petitioner assurance that their pray will be answered in the affirmative.
Of course, there are several secrets, but one primarily that I believe puts you in the front of the pray line.
Pray according to The Will of God
This is the third petition that the Lord taught His disciples, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:9-13).
Most people really don’t have a problem affirming God’s glory or asking for His provisions…but we do when it comes to God’s will or man’s will.
All we have to do is look around at our Christian community, our church community, and our personal lives and we see it.
Do we pray for God’s will or our own will? Almighty God has already determined the beginning and the ending.
He has decreed that some things will come to pass and have revealed many of them to His people.
When we pray for His decretive will to come to pass we are in agreement with Him.
Thus, it’s without question that our prayers will be answered.
Sometime we do not have specific knowledge of The Lord’s will on certain issues we need to pray for, but the Holy Spirit, who lives within us, makes prays that we cannot utter for ourselves.
In the 9th Book of Daniel, we find the prophet praying to the Lord God (dōnāy ˒Elôhı̂m) according to His will and plan … Daniel discovered by reading the book of Jeremiah.
The key verses to study are Daniel 9:1-3 (read the whole prayer, chapter 9).
As we study the gospels we see all the way through the ministry of Jesus, the Christ…His commitment to the will and plan of God, His Father.
We see on a daily basis His process of prayer to His Father.
Jesus took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee as He prayed in a place called Gethsemane…”
"My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, If it be possible, let this cup pass from me: Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”