WebDef: Prayer

Prayer /preər/– Noun: A state of being where the focus is on the connection with God. Prayer takes many forms, including conversation, contemplation, and action.

Healing Prayer /hēliNG·preər/ – Noun: A solemn request to a transcendent Power for relief from some suffering or restoration of wellness. It involves a requestor, one whose behalf the request is made, One(s) being addressed, a desired outcome, and a motivation.

Spiritual Bouquet / spiriCHo͞oəl bo͞oˈkā/– Noun: Intercessory prayer on behalf of another, motivated by compassion.  

With the above definition, we wanted to highlight the idea that focusing on our connection with God is healthy and natural. All the things we do to bring conscious focus to that connection – whether serving in a soup kitchen or reciting a psalm – are valid forms of prayer.

One of the most widely known prayers in the world is The Lord’s Prayer, the prayer Jesus taught us. Jesus Himself spent time in quiet prayer, alone with God (Luke 6:12, Mark 1:35 etc.). All of the Psalms are also prayers, and they express a full range of emotions.

Select Key Bible Verses About Prayer

  • Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person availeth much.  – James 5:16
  • Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. – James 4:3
  • The Lord’s Prayer – 2. Matthew 6:9-13 [read more]
  • Psalms (all of them)

What are WebDefs?

WebDefs – simple definitions of key terms relating to ministry and healing arts – are a regular feature of NHM Ministrants.  Offered in conjunction with select key scriptural passages and analysis, WebDefs can be a useful starting place for exploring a topic of interest.

Categories Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs | Tags: | Posted on January 23, 2014

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