We all know that we are supposed to pray, but a lot of times we may get confused on how to think about prayers. Why do sometimes our prayer work and sometimes they don’t? I think that we must remember that prayer is an expression of our relationship with the Father and Jesus through the Holy Spirit. God already knows what we need and what we are going through, so prayer is not giving God a report of things He does not know. Prayer is not telling God how to run this world and how people need to change. ““For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. “But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you” (Luke 12:30–31).
In reading the Psalms, the book of Job, and the lives of the men and women of God in the Scriptures we can learn a lot about prayer. One thing that is very clear is that is has to be honest, it has to be personal and from the heart (Psalm 51:6).““Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:13–15).
The name of a person has great importance in the Scriptures, it represents the character of that person. It represents who that person is and how they behave, how they live their lives. When we pray in the name of Jesus it means that we are praying like Jesus would pray, that we see the circumstances, people, and needs according to the Person and character of Jesus. Even Jesus had to be honest with the Father about how He felt about going to the cross, but then He surrendered and said, “not my will be done.” We read that Jesus only acted and spoke in accordance with the Father, we could say that He only moved in the name of the Father.
“Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner” (John 5:19).
1 Thessalonians 5:16–20
1 Samuel 12:23