There are many different tools used by various religious sects for prayer. Catholics use the rosary beads for prayer. A prayer shawl/cloth is used in Judaism, Roman Catholic Christianity, and among some Pentecostal Christians. Hindus use incense burners, while Tibetan Buddhist use an offering bowl. Some even use an extensive vocabulary as their tools, to make their prayer seem more profound. Are all these items necessary for God to hear our prayers? Does the Bible list these items for prayer? What is truly needed to communicate the The Most High?
Each point of an individual’s prayer life and the way we pray should be a reflection of biblical insight. John 14:6 states “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” When we pray to God, we must go through Jesus Christ. The only way God hears our prayers is by way of Jesus. Only Jesus can grant us access to God. Jesus became the sacrifice for us and bore all of our sins, and because of this, we are can now be called children of God. We are now able to have a personal relationship with God, because Jesus is at His right hand serving as an advocate for us. So, not only are we able to pray directly to God, He now hears us through His Son. Therefore, one of the tools needed for prayer is Jesus Christ.
Another tool needed is faith. Jesus stated at Mark 11:24, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” We must have faith in knowing that whatever we ask God for in prayer we will receive it. In fact, he said believe that we have already received it. That means, we must walk in the authority that God has granted us what we asked for before we even asked for it. Faith is trusting in God. Faith is knowing that we have assurance in God’s promises. Faith gives us the confidence in knowing that God hears our prayers and is not slow respecting His promises. In a nutshell, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is the second tool needed for prayer.
We must have knowledge of God’s will and purpose for our lives. The purposes of our prayers are to echo God’s will for our lives. Glorifying God should be the reason we do all things. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Therefore, our prayers should always glorify God and line up with His will. Praying according to His will can include praying for guidance to live and serve according to His will, praying for our enemies, praying for ministers of the Word, praying against temptation, praying for healing, praying for boldness to witness, pray to remove selfish motives, praying for forgiveness, and praying for thanksgiving. Lastly, knowledge of God’s will is another tool must-have for prayer.
God’s Word tells us what tools are needed for communicating with Him through prayer. Praying through Jesus Christ will grant us access to Him. At the same time, faith gives us the confidence in knowing what we ask of God, he has already granted. Lastly, having knowledge in God’s will and purpose will assist us knowing what to ask of God.