PRAYERS By: Pastor Femi Adebajo Prayer is fellowship with the Father (God). A classic definition of Christian prayer is “an offering up of our desires to God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies” Quite simply, in prayer we can talk to God and He, in turn, can talk to us. Prayer is an expression of an intimate relationship with our heavenly Father, who makes his own love and resources available to us. Psalms 9:1-2 Elements of Prayer 1. Praise -Praise involves the recognition of who God is and what he does. It is “giving God the glory,” not in the sense of adding to his glory, but of willingly recognizing God as God. (Psalm 148; Psalm 150). Praise is honour, commendation, and worship of God. (1 Peter 2:9) Praises gives us direct access to the presence of God. 2. Confession and Forgiveness of sin recognizes the holiness of God and his supreme moral authority. Confession involves an unreserved recognition of sin, both in inner motives and outer actions. Psalm 51; Psalm 38:15-18;1 John 1:9. Confession is supposed to free us to enjoy fellowship with Christ. True confession also involves a commitment not to continue in sin. We wouldn’t be genuinely confessing our sins to God if we planned to commit them again and just wanted temporary forgiveness. We should also pray for strength to defeat temptation the next time we face it. 3. Petitions are prayers for the one praying. Scripture never regards prayer for oneself as improper, as can be seen from the pattern in the Lord’s Prayer. 4. Intercession – When prayer concerns others, it is called intercession. Prayer for others is an obvious expression of love for one’s neighbour, which is fundamental to biblical ethics. 5. Thanksgiving is a natural expression of gratitude to God in response to blessings, protection, or love. It is not a tool used to manipulate the will of God. It is never coerced or fabricated in one’s mind; rather, thanksgiving is a joyful commitment of one’s personality to God. It can be an expression of faith in the word of God