PRAYERS THAT CHANGE DESTINIES
There are so many beautiful prayers in the Scriptures; many which we had even made our own. But we can say the prayer, per se, is a mystery. Even the disciples had this inquiry:
Did they not know how to pray? I truly doubt that was the issue. They were Jewish men, well instructed in the rituals and, most likely, some type of siddur (prayer book). But in the entire book of Luke we do not see the disciples praying, only Yeshua prayed.
So, in my opinion, they knew prayers based on rituals, not prayers based on communication with the Father. Even though, it is not written in the Bible how or when John the Baptist taught his disciples how to pray, it was clear to Yeshua’s disciples that John’s disciples knew something that they did not. Therefore, in the following series of articles I want to give you, readers, a clue into the most powerful prayers in the Scriptures. Keep in mind that by powerful, I mean that they provoked a change, not that they were long, loud, full of emotions or tears, etc.
But before we get into those prayers, let us be clear of what exactly is prayer. According to the Mirriam-Webster dictionary, prayer is:
- an address (such as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought
- an earnest request or wish.
According to dictionary.com, prayer is defined as:
- a devout petition to God or an object of worship
- a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession.
Personally, I like the latter better!! But if we look at the word pray in the Hebrew פָּלַל (palal), it is found for the first time in Genesis 20:7, we see that it means to judge, to intercede. It is not about petitions or earnest request. Yes, there are many words for prayers, and many types of prayers, but if you take this journey with me in the weeks to come, you will see that prayer is not mainly to transform our circumstances, but to be transformed ourselves!
It is not about our desires, but the desires that are in the Father’s heart. Let us see what was it that Hannah, Moses, Yeshua himself, and others said that made things so right! Maybe if we learn the tools, our prayer life will not be an everyday ritual like the disciples, but we will see things changing.