What Prayer is not vis-à-vis What Prayer is

by Peter Black

Prayer is not one’s presenting a ‘honey-do list’ to the ‘man upstairs’

What is it, then?

Prayer is the breathing of my spirit.

It is the interaction of my spiritual being–the essence of who I am, with the essence of who God is.

It is worship.

Prayer involves my highest thought.

It receives inspiration from the Scriptures through the working of the Holy Spirit, and gains strength from my experience of God’s grace.

Prayer includes my expression of deepest gratitude.

It encompasses my wants and wishes, my cares and concerns, but especially the needs of others. Above all, prayer considers what God’s purpose and will might be in any given matter.


Some suggested refs: Heb. 11:6; Rom. 10:17; John 4:23-24; 1 Cor. 6:17;

Rom. 8:26-27. Also John 5:14-15; Jam. 4:1-3, and Jam.1:16-17.