role of prayer

#007: What’s The Role Of Prayer In The New Covenant [Podcast]

You will be hard pressed to find a Christian that doesn’t believe that prayer is an essential part of the daily Christian life.

However what I’ve found is that many people have trouble figuring out what prayer should look like for the believer in light of the New Covenant.

In this weeks podcast I share a few thoughts on prayer, I hope you enjoy it!

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What’s the role of prayer in the New Covenant

In today’s podcast we look through the following key points:

1) Prayer for our benefit – not for God’s.
a) it leads us to action – it does not replace action!
b) it reminds us of God’s truth and helps us renew our mind.

2) Prayer is something we get to do, not we have to do.
a) In the same way the Jews misunderstood the purpose Sabbath we often misunderstand the purpose of prayer.
b) It is a gift not made to be a burden but a joy.

3) Different types of prayer:
a) Relational prayer – chatting with God.
b) Declarations – partnering with God and speaking it forth.
c) Petitions – asking God for things.
d) Persistent Prayer – bringing things before God again and again.

4) “Being prayer” rather than “doing prayer”

And much more!

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Questions?

If you have any questions about today’s topic please do leave them below.

Additionally I’d love to ask you a question.

What do you think prayer looks like in the New Covenant?

Please do share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. I have struggled and questioned every part of my faith over the past five years. To the part I don’t even identify as a Christian.. or a believer.

    One area where I have so much confusion is prayer. I became aware how when people pray they are judgmental of others(‘please change the yucky gays’), preach to the group or to just tell God what to do. All three disgust me. Recently someone I know on Facebook ‘coveted’ (yuck again) prayer so that his son knew if he was supposed to take a job in Montana or Texas. I asked him a few questions about his request. He told me that there is a certain way that God wants you to go.. if you miss it or choose the wrong thing you will miss out on blessings from God. Please tell me God is not like this.

    • Hi JoDee,

      Great stuff! I didn’t even think to cover this because it’s such a huge area – I honestly may do a whole separate podcast on “intercession” as a whole.
      Honestly this type of prayer falls into the category of “witchcraft” – that’s right. The Bible’s base definition that we translate as witchcraft is attempting to violate someone’s free will. Something that a lot of people would be surprised by I’m sure.
      God has not given us prayer to manipulate people into our will (which most people usually are not willing to admit but that’s what they are doing). He has given it to bless us.
      I would pray, “God show Him clearly what steps He has to take, give him a peace about whatever decision he makes, help all his bad decisions turn around for God either way”
      This I feel is a much more healthy type of prayer. But that’s just my opinion – Hope it helped :)

  2. Thank you for your podcasts, Phil. I absolutely love them!

    I have always struggled with prayer, and grew up learning that prayer was mostly about trying to lure God out of his cave, in the hopes that He would grant my wishes. This was was tremendously frustrating, because it just seemed so empty and fruitless. After years of disappointment, I finally quit praying, altogether, and basically told God that if He wanted to talk, He was going to have to initiate the conversation. It was at that point that I realized that this is all God wanted from me in the first place! I realized that God is all about initiating. He initiates EVERYTHING, and HE wants to be the one to initiate and maintain relationship with US; not the other way around. We get so frustrated with our faith sometimes, because we are constantly trying to make it about US, and trying to initiate something that we already have. When I came to realize this, my “prayer life” changed dramatically. I let go of my expectations and preconceived ideas, and just let God lead this conversation between Him and me. Prayer to me now is more of a sense of His presence, than a concerted effort to try to draw Him out and force a conversation with Him. I have a constant awareness of His presence, and a conversation that occurs, often without me even realizing it. Yes, there are times of conscious prayer that occur throughout the day, but it’s no longer something that has to be forced, or something I feel I have to do a certain amount every day. Before, prayer was like a river being restricted by a dam, releasing water in limited amounts. Now, the dam has been removed, and the river runs free!

    • Thanks so much for sharing this! I was so blessed to read it and I think it will really help others who read it!

      I think what you say goes so hand in hand with some of my conclusions on prayer in the podcast. That this really is for our benefit – it’s a gift – and it’s much more a presence lead conversation to keep us aware that we are dependant on us than a tool for us to bend God’s arm behind His back and make Him do something because He is dependant on us!

      Thanks again :)

  3. Bless You Phil,
    As usual, you bring fresh food to the table for our hungry souls…need to replay and take some notes ;-) You are soooo young, but you come with great wisdom and insight…I could go on and on, but I will stop here for now. ;-)
    Thanks for helping us to see more clearly the height, length, width, and depth of Papa’s Kingdom…you are a blessing to us hungry souls searching for more truth and
    less tradition.

    Ken

  4. Hi Phil,
    Recently I’ve been thinking a great deal about prayer because there are a few things that don’t quite sit easy with me about it. I listened through your podcast twice now, and it has helped me to wrestle with some of my questions, so thank you!

    I’m still left with an unease that I find hard to define exactly. As you say, this is a very wide topic and I’m sure it has many potential pitfalls and thorny areas. My difficulty lies somewhere in the area of petitioning God and at the same time not actually being able to change His mind.

    On occasion I ask friends and family to pray for a particular situation or need that has me very anxious. It is usually motivated by a kind of desperation and with a strange sense that if I can get lots of people to pray about it, then maybe things will change or happen to solve the issue. Recently I’m questioning the point of asking others to pray for me, because I don’t like to think that God would leave me in distress unless others pray (or for that matter, just me).

    In a similar way, I feel guilty when others ask me to pray for them. I’m not convinced my prayers are really going to help. Surely God’s plan will happen if I do or not? Although of course the Bible does tell us to pray for each other and Jesus prayed for us all too. I usually just say a quick “please help them” prayer and compound my sense of guilt when I wonder if maybe I just don’t care enough about the struggles of others to truly want to lift them to God in prayer (whatever that means!?)

    This is probably only the surface of my unease, but I’d be interested to hear any thoughts you.

    Thanks,
    Susanna

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