How am I going to define prayer for the purpose of this study.
This is the beginning of the definition given in Easton’s Bible Dictionary,
‘Prayer, is converse with God; the intercourse of the soul with God, not in contemplation or meditation, but in direct address to him. Prayer may be oral or mental, occasional or constant, ejaculatory or formal.’
This is a very good description of prayer, but not quite the one I shall use. For the purpose of this study I shall define prayer as follows.
‘Prayer is our part in any conversation with God that does not wholly consist of an act praise or worship. It acknowledges that God is the greater partner in the relationship and we are the lesser partner.’
This is a very broad definition of prayer which is intentional. I know from my own personal experience that I do not just pray when I use formal words historically associated with prayer. Prayer can be your questions, your tears, your thanksgiving, your thoughts and your feelings, or anything else that involves you in a conversation with God.
There are things that are distinctive about the prayer of true believers to the Living God, these will be made apparent as we look at the Word. The only distinctive I presuppose is that prayer is conversational and therefore a direct personal form of communication, although this in itself will cause some Christians to completely change how they look at prayer.