What really is prayer in the Bible?
Within the denominational Christian arena it is commonly taught that the context of praying without ceasing is repetition. We may have been encouraged to have a vibrant prayer life and culturally we have grown accustomed to the tradition of that demonstration by the exercising of authority via shouting, chanting and exaggerated body movements which may be an attempt to stir or evoke a feeling of power. But did you know that Jesus, in the book of Matthew, urged the Jews not to pray like the gentiles.
( “And when you pray, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 So do not be like them [praying as they do]; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.)
Some rabbis in the time of Jesus taught that repetitive prayers, (which is commonly practiced in denominational Christianity now), were an imitation of a heathenistic method of prayer.
Do you remember in the book of 1 Kings chapter 18 when Elijah challenged the worshipers of Baal because they called upon their god from morning to noon? Do you also remember that Elijah approached the altar with a method of prayer did not involve stirring, chanting, or excessive pleading? He simply made a call to God to remember His promise.
( At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet approached [the altar] and said, “O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel (Jacob), let it be known today that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and that I have done all these things at Your word. 37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that You, O Lord, are God, and that You have turned their hearts back [to You].”)
The author of the book of James also wrote that Elijah prayed intensely.
(James 5: 17 reads, ”Elijah was a man with a nature like ours [with the same physical, mental, and spiritual limitations and shortcomings], and he prayed intensely for it not to rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its crops [as usual].)
If you research the intense prayer that James is referring to in the book of 1 Kings chapter 18, the intensity of his prayer is not the use of eloquent words or repetitive pleas.
(Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”)
The context of a deep prayer life that is commonly practiced in this generation has pagan roots that are not in any way scriptural.
When Elijah spoke, there was no mention of articulation with passion nor dance nor with body movements in an attempt to persuade God into answering his prayer. Elijah prayed a prayer in the form of judgement (a divine sentence or decision).
Likewise when we pray, as Elohim, our utterances in identification with Yeshua are the word of God, releasing power. Prayers outside of the person of Christ with passions, emotions or repetitions are emotionally based prayers and not Covenantal based prayers.
If you have to stir your Spirit, then it simply means that you’re trying to get fruits of a tree that you are not. Does an apple tree stir itself to bear apples?
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