What is prayer?
Through prayer, God draws believers in to His own trinitarian fullness (2 Peter 1.4). Prayer is the spirit of adoption in us crying out to our Father (Romans 8.15), believing that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him (Hebrews 11.6). Because the Holy Spirit Himself intercedes for us before God as we pray (Romans 8.26), and because we pray in Jesus’ name (Hebrews 10.19-23), we can rest assured that our Father will answer every one of our petitions (John 15.7). The Lord also allows His children to “bless His holy name” through extolling His greatness in prayer (Psalm 103.1) and thanking Him for what He has done on our behalf (Psalm 116.1-2). Although God is completely sovereign (Psalm 115.3), He has purposed in some mysterious and beautiful way that the prayers of His children would move His hand (2 Chronicles 7.12-18). Our perfect Father delights to give good gifts to His children who run to Him in expectant faith (Luke 11.13).