Ephesians 6:18 Voice
 Pray always. Pray in the Spirit. Pray about everything in every way you know how! And keeping all this in mind, pray on behalf of God’s people. Keep on praying feverishly, and be on the lookout until evil has been stayed.
Prayer is our second line of offense. Prayer simply put, is talking to God and pouring your heart out to Him. There are many religions that think that prayer is repeating written prayers over and over. These sorts of prayers are not what God is interested in. He is interested in hearing your heart’s desires and being humble before Him. He wants us to pray like Jesus instructed us in The Lord’s Prayer as an example, but not as a prayer that we just memorize and repeat. God doesn’t want “robots” just repeating emotionless prayers. No, he wants us to pray in a humble position of asking from the Creator of the Universe the things that are on our heart. He wants us to pray according to His will and not give Him a grocery list of things that we are asking for. We should pray always, throughout each day. These don’t have to be long prayers, but just simple prayers that are pure in heart. God wants us to pray with “child-like” faith, as Jesus tells us in Matthew 18, and become like little children. This is what God desires of us.
Matthew 18:3-5 NIV
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
Our prayers are a “pleasing aroma” to God. Revelations, says that our prayers rise up like incense. God loves when we pray. He listens and responds according to His will. We don’t always get the answer that we want and sometimes we feel like we don’t get an answer at all. But God knows what is best for our lives and when we pray from a position of “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” then God moves powerfully in our lives. Satan hates when we pray because he knows there is power in prayer. James tells us that the fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. As we discussed a few days ago the righteousness of God, we know how to be righteous before God and when we are, God listens to our prayer MUCH. Avails much simply means, with great power and effectiveness that produces wonderful results.
James 5:16b NKJV
… The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Think of it like this, when we pray, the God of the Universe, Creator of all things has our full attention. He loves us so much and He is not just a judge on the throne, but a personal Lord and Savior that gives us the very breath in our lungs and is interested in every aspect of our lives.
Prayer does not have to be hard or complicated. It doesn’t have to be fancy with eloquent language. It just needs to be pure and from the heart. Those are the prayers that call God’s attention and brings us closer to Him.
Let us all pray in the example that Jesus gave us with a pure heart and humble spirit.
I love you and am PRAYING for you today!
PS – these are a lot of scriptures about prayer, but really good stuff, so take the time to read and meditate on each one…