To understand prayer's essence, we must realize that it began with the creation of mankind. It was not instituted after the fall but before it. Prayer existed from the beginning of God's relationship with man.
The nature of prayer can be understood only in the context of God's purposes for humanity, to commune and rule with God, THE ESSENCE OF PRAYER IS TWOFOLD:
1. Prayer is an expression of mankind's unity and relationship of love with God.
2. Prayer is an expression of mankind's affirmation of and participation in God's purposes for the earth.
To pray means to commune with God, to become one with God.
It means union with Him - unity and singleness of purpose , thought, desire, will, reason, motive, objective, and felling.
H.D. Bollinger said," Prayer is being expressing relationship with being" Therefore, prayer is a vihicle of the soul and spirit by which man communes with God.
Prayer is also the medium through which the human spirit affects and is affected by will and purpose of the divine Creator.
It is man cooperating with God's purposes for the earth.
Therefore, prayer is the involvment of oneself (One's whole self) with the living God.
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