The apostle Paul himself stated that the Holy Spirit has to pray for us since we don't know how to pray (Romans 8:26). It is therefore difficult for anyone to say exactly what prayer is.
I have been trying to answer this question for some time. Many say "prayer is talking to God". However, many times I speak to God and in no way is my prayer as effective as Elijah's prayer. That is, prayer is not simply talking to God, otherwise all prayers would be just as effective.
I am asking this question to try to understand why the prayers of believers are so ineffective. I believe that people don't understand very well what prayer is because if we have an Almighty God who answers our prayers then why can't Christians make a positive impact on the world? Atheists have more impact on the world than we do. Much of the knowledge needed to have a computer and things essential to modern life, for example, have been obtained by people who reject Christ as their savior. If we have God in our favor then we should realize remarkable facts. But instead of finding several Christians doing extraordinary things (like Jesus, Elijah, Elisha, Paul and Peter did) I found news like . For this reason I want to know what exactly is prayer so that I can do it correctly.
Below are several questions. These questions are questions that arose when I tried to answer that question. For this reason I put them below because they will give you an idea of the answer I hope for.
- What is prayer?
- What is the first prayer in the Bible?
- When it became clear in the Bible that prayer is obligatory or at least essential?
- The New Testament makes it clear that we must pray for others (1Timothy 2:2). Is there a passage in the Old Testament that also shows that we should pray for others?
- Why did Jesus take Peter, James and John to Gethsemane to pray with him? Was Jesus showing that God is more likely to answer prayer when more than one is praying? If so, why does the number of people influence God's answer?
I'm asking these questions because I really believe that there are people in this site who have excellent answers to these questions. However, the apostle Paul himself stated that the Holy Spirit has to pray for us since we don't know how to pray (Romans 8:26). It is therefore difficult for anyone to say exactly what prayer is.