Is There a Spiritual Meaning of Prayer?

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The Spiritual Perspective of Prayer

Prayer is a lifestyle. It is also a form of worship and reverence for God. And through the Spirit, it supplies a spiritual meaning of prayer.

This understanding we cannot receive with our minds but with our hearts or spirit!

As we’ve seen above, the most basic meaning of prayer is to communicate with God. We can look at prayer’s short-term benefits and long-term benefits.

But the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term ones because prayer is meant to change us.

It is meant to bring us to the foot of the cross so we may look at the beauty of the Gospel and the hopelessness of sin. In the long term, prayer is meant to change our hearts.

The Necessity of Prayer

Prayer is a necessity. If you’re a believer without a prayer life, you’re not really saturated with God, to begin with.

There is no Christian life without prayer and reading the Word of God. We need prayer. Prayer is a form of communion, but it is so much more than that.

To understand prayer, we need to go deeper, past the superficial meanings we see.

What does the Bible say about prayer? Before we get into answering this question, we need to know that the very purpose of man’s life is to love and serve God.

Worldly conventional wisdom begs to differ, but we know that the Lord laughs at the wisdom of the world. When God created Adam and Eve, He communed daily with them.

The Bible says in Genesis 3:8,

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.”

Here, Adam and Eve sinned and were afraid of God. But the point to focus on is that God came down to commune with them daily.

He walked with them and talked to them. After sin entered the world, God couldn’t dwell with human beings anymore because He is holy and righteous.

The filth of sin cannot be tolerated by Him. So the communion between man and God was broken.

But Christ came to re-establish this very union, through His death, burial, and resurrection. He brought us back to God. He purchased the pardon for our sins, and now we can commune with God the way Adam and Eve did, without any barriers.

God is always available and waiting for us to pray, but how many of us consciously make time for the Lord?


What Is The Spiritual Significance of Prayer?

Prayer changes us. Yes, we pray so God hears and answers our prayers. But prayers always change us.

Sometimes, God answers our prayers in favorable and expected ways. But there will be days where His answer will be a no. This is usually a blessing because God knows what He is doing, and it is good to live under the shadow of His protective wings.

His will is perfect for us; it is important to pray for His will more often than putting our desires before Him.

The spiritual significance of prayer is the edification of the soul. The more we pray, the closer we draw to God’s heart. We need to understand that praying in the Spirit is what is asked of us.

Now what does this mean? Praying in the Spirit means to be tuned and heeding the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says in Romans 8:26,

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

The Holy Spirit knows us better than we know ourselves because He is God.

Reading Or Meditating?

He intercedes for us when we’re weak. We need to tune into the Spirit. We do so by regularly meditating on the Word of God and having a yearning desire for Him.

There is a distinct difference between reading God’s Word and meditating on it. In order to meditate on His Word, we need to spend time listening to Him and understanding His voice through the Bible.

To meditate on something is to absorb it and let it change you. We need to be open to God’s correction and discipline. There is no growth without pain and self-reflection.

In the same way, we cannot grow in Christ if we do not take His correction. Zacchaeus was one such person. The Lord saved him because he humbled himself and let the Word of God convict and change Him.

The Bible speaks of this in Luke 10:8-9.

“But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.”

He repented and let the voice of God change Him. How many of us are willing to let God’s voice in?

Are we willing to let Him change us? Do we pray hard prayers that have to do with growth and discipline in the Holy Spirit?

What Is The Meaning of Prayer According To The Bible?

When we pray in the Spirit, we’re sensitive to the heart of God. We see and understand the world through His eyes. We’re also sensitive to His love.

The apostle Paul talks of this in Ephesians 3:17-19.

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Experiencing the Love of God changes everything. It changes the way we see the Lord, and it changes who we are as people.

If you haven’t experienced the depths of God’s love, I urge you to go seek Him and ask Him to shower His love on you. Nothing will ever compare to His great love.

When we pray in the Spirit, we’re choosing to trust God over our own instincts or thinking. It builds our faith. As we grow deeper into the Spirit, we understand more about God.

As we do this, we understand His Word and its connotations, and as a result of this, we start taking it more seriously, and it becomes our life.

No Salvation Unless He Is Present!

When Christ becomes our life, we have nothing to lose, and all our sorrows and troubles are for His sake. We start praying for the will of God.

We become aware of His presence in our daily lives. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the true sign of a Believer. Without His presence, there is no evidence of salvation.

Praying in the Spirit opens our eyes to the spiritual world. When we walk in the Spirit and pray in the Spirit, we see things through His eyes.

As a result of this, we start living out our purpose in Christ; we’re more satisfied, fulfilled, and spiritually nourished.

Another spiritual significance of praying in the Spirit is that we will be able to pray for the unknown. The Holy Spirit will reveal hidden and unknown things to us so we may intercede for those in need.

Perhaps your child is suffering from emotional pain, your friend has an unspoken need, or someone in a different part of the world needs healing.

The Holy Spirit will reveal such needs to you so you may pray for them.

What Makes a Prayer a Prayer?

Prayer is simple. It is just the act of talking to God, and this is what makes prayer, prayer. When we go in childlike faith to God, He will definitely hear our prayer.

Now the answer doesn’t always have to be ideal because God knows what He needs to give us. He knows the needs of each and every one of His children.

So trust Him and pray that prayer. Choose to walk in His will and not be disappointed if the answer is no.

What Are The Different Types of Prayers?

There are different types of prayers in the Bible. A few of them are:

  • Prayer of Supplication: When we’re asking God for a need or making our requests knowns to Him (Philippians 4:6).
  • Prayer of Faith: Prayers of faith are prayed in desperate circumstances when we know and trust God to do what is best (Matthew 21:22).
  • Prayer of Intercession: Prayers of Intercession are prayed for others in need (Romans 8:26-34).
  • Prayer of Gratitude or Thanksgiving: Prayers of Thanksgiving are prayed when we want to thank God for all the good in our lives. They’re also prayers when God bestows a blessing upon us. We need to remember to give thanks in all circumstances because that is the will of God for us (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
  • Petition: A petition is a request that we make of God.


We’ve seen and understood the spiritual meaning of prayer. We have also studied the different types of prayers and their benefits. Prayer is vital. To a believer, prayer must become oxygen. It should be as normal as waking up in the morning.

We have seen the meaning and significance of prayer along with what makes prayer a prayer.

In closing, we must note that prayer changes us, and we must allow God to perform His work in us through our prayers.

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