Prayer with Faith, Hope and God
Through prayer with faith, hope and God we can establish a means for direct communication with God. For those of us that pray, it would be difficult going without prayer time and the company of God. The combination of prayer, faith and hope provides comfort and relief to those in need. And let us not forget that prayer also has a long history dating back to Genesis in the Bible.
Adding prayer into our life can help relieve stress, remove heavy burdens while lifting one’s state of mind. Prayer combined with action creates an opportunity for us to become responsible while moving forward with our lives. We can feel comforted knowing our prayers are always heard… that God’s love never changes and is always available; we are never alone.
During times of turmoil, emotional circumstances or hopelessness, prayer can instill a sense of calmness, hope and strength. There is no right or wrong way to pray; prayer can offer inner peace, strength and inner guidance. It is about developing a relationship and spending time with God seeking direction, help or simply being thankful.
To those that don’t believe in prayer, that is their choice and right. Rather spending time explaining the importance of prayer, it is more beneficial to pray for them. Through prayer we can allow others their own choices while choosing to place them in the hands of God.
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When Did Prayer Begin?
Upon their creation, Adam and Eve had complete face-to-face access to God in the garden (Genesis 3 | Genesis 4:26) and spoke directly with God; there was no need for prayer. However, after the fall and expulsion of man from the Garden of Eden, things changed. From that time forward, the fall of man caused men to have to begin to pray. With rare exceptions, mankind has not had the opportunity to communicate directly with God and turned to prayer to connect.1
Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary says of “prayer,” “an address (as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought.” Originally, in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve conversed directly with God (Genesis 3:9). After the fall and expulsion from the Garden, man never again enjoyed the same relationship with God. From that time, with occasional exceptions, mankind has not had the opportunity to converse directly with God; and man’s address to God has been through the vehicle we call “prayer.”
Most students of the Bible believe that the Book of Job is the oldest Bible book. Whereas the Book of Genesis chronicles the creation forward for thousands of years, it was probably penned later than the Book of Job. Both the Book of Genesis and the Book of Job concern the religious period known as Patriarchy.
The Appearance of Prayer in the Bible
The word “prayer” first appears in our English Bibles in Job 16:17; “Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure.” However, the earliest reference to prayer in Genesis is comparatively soon after the fall of man; “And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD” (Genesis 4:26). Since Seth was the third son of Adam and Eve and Seth’s son, Enos, was the grandson of Adam and Eve; the reference to prayer in Genesis 4:26 probably predates the Book of Job. The McClintock and Strong Encyclopedia observes: Read more…
Introduction of Prayer
That prayer was occurred at the time with the fallen race we cannot doubt, and it was in all probability associated with the first sacrifice. The first definite account of its public observance occurs in the remarkable expression recorded in the lifetime of Enos, the son of Seth: “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord” (Gen 4:26). From that time, a life of prayer evidently marked the distinction between the pious and the wicked. The habit was maintained in the chosen family of Abraham, as is evident from frequent instances in the history of the Hebrew patriarchs.
It is reasonable to conclude that “prayer” began and continued as a means of communication with God from the time mankind lost the opportunity in the Garden of Eden to talk directly with God.2
Prayer in America
Days of Prayer have a long history in America. Colonists declared Days of Prayer during droughts, Indian attacks and threats from other nations. Edward Winslow’s record of the Pilgrims’ experiences, reprinted in Alexander Young’s Chronicles of the Pilgrims (Boston, 1841), stated: “Drought and the like considerations moved not only everary good man privately to enter into examination with his own estate between God and his conscience, and so to humiliation before Him, but also to humble ourselves together before the Lord by Fasting and Prayer.”
A notable Day of Prayer was in 1746, when French Admiral d’Anville sailed for New England, commanding the most powerful fleet of the time – 70 ships with 13,000 troops. He intended to recapture Louisburg, Nova Scotia, and destroy from Boston to New York, all the way to Georgia. Massachusetts Governor William Shirley declared a Day of Prayer and Fasting, October 16, 1746, to pray for deliverance. Read more…
The History of Prayer Being Removed from Schools
Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court removed government-endorsed prayer from public schools, ruling the practice unconstitutional. The decision remains at the center of debate over the separation of church and state, and altered the way classrooms approached faith and religion.
In 1958, Steven Engel, a New Yorker, joined forces with other parents to sue the state over a prayer being recited in the schools. The invocation they attacked, approved by the state Board of Regents, acknowledged reliance on God and asked for blessings on all. The parents argued that requiring the children to perform this recitation constituted establishment and promotion of religion by the state. Read More…
On A Personal Note
On a personal note I can’t imagine life without prayer. It’s a habit developed over the years accompanied with a desire to do better and be better though prayer and God’s guidance. I’ve had many “God moments” over the years and attribute the awareness through prayer and one-on-one conversations with God. And lastly, I believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saints, miracles and the Eucharist.
I also have confidence in hope and solutions regardless of the issues at hand. There were times over the years that I felt completely hopeless and ready to meet God; I was tired of treading water. Throughout it all, I prayed and in time the cloud of doom and gloom lifted. Fortunately, I was connected with wonderful people that were patient and caring.
Today, life still happens; however, I am more grounded and truly believe no matter what I will be ok. Through prayer, faith and hope I meet each day inviting God into my life. There will always be room for improvement, there will always be challenges and I will always need God in my life. Upon meeting my Maker, I pray faith and God can bring me to my next destination in peace and joy.