What is Prayer?

December 6, 2019

This month, we will be focusing on PRAYER: what it is, why it is important when sponsoring a child, and how we can effectively pray for our sponsored children.

So what is prayer?

Prayer, simply put, is talking with God. Just like how children can talk with their parents, we can talk with our heavenly Father! Prayer is talking with God about everything, like praising Him for what He’s done; thanking Him for His love and salvation; updating Him on what is going on in our lives; asking Him for wisdom, discernment, and counsel; worshiping Him; and so much more. Prayer is the center of our relationship with God!

In the Bible, the first mention of prayer is right at the beginning in Genesis 4:26b. This verse says, “At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.” The word “call” is translated from the Hebrew word “qara,” used as “the act or process of petitioning for help or support,” or “a calling upon for authority or justification.”1

Also, Jeremiah 33:3 says, “‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’” This is the epitome of prayer; God’s sons and daughters calling out to Him.

Prayer is an essential part of a Christian’s walk. In fact, The Gospel Coalition records 650 prayers listed in the Bible, and Jesus prays 25 different times while doing ministry.

Why is prayer so essential? There are many reasons why, but one reason is we can experience and see God’s power through prayer. God the Father is behind the power of prayer- He is omnipotent.

There are dozens of testimonies from the children in our care that have experienced God’s powerful answers to their prayers. Mangesh, a child who attends our Children’s Gospel Clubs (CGCs), shares his story:

“Before I attended CGCs, I did not know about the living Lord and had no idea how to pray. After I learned how to pray, I started praying for my parents, who were always quarrelling. I also prayed that we would get a new house. Now, my parents are living in peace and harmony! God has started to work in me and my family’s life. I thank God for the CGCs.

Please join Love One More in praying for your sponsored child and for all the little children of India. Also, keep an eye out for next week’s post, which will explain why prayer is important when sponsoring a child.

If you do not sponsor a child, click here to start a sponsorship!


1“Invocation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invocation. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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