To start this teaching, let me quote from this little book.
“Prayer is nothing more than turning our heart toward God and receiving in turn His love. Meditating on God’s Word in prayer is desirable, but known by very few,” (page 11).
“You must learn to pray from your heart and not your head. . . . Prayer offered from the heart cannot be interrupted by reason,” (page 13).
“Learn how to abandon yourself – your entire existence – to God. Every moment of every day you must come to realize that you are in God’s immediate will. . . . Abandonment . . . is the key to the inner court. . . . Great faith produces great abandonment,” (page 27).
“Abandon yourself to God, trust Him, and He will bring about good toward you and glory for Him,” (page 32).
Nothing could be farther from the truth. God does not “allow” anything. We do.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[a] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26).
4 What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen—even the beasts of the field, (Psalm 8:4–7).
When we pray, we should keep a journal of what we pray and what we hear God say. If we can back what God says to us with two written Scriptures, then we can believe what we heard, as much as we believe written Scripture. Ask the Lord to give you the confirming Scriptures. His Word first comes from His mouth, then it is written, and then it is spoken again by us. That must be an important aspect of our Prayer Life: praying the Word of God, pouring it out of our mouths according to the promises we want to be downloaded into our lives. There are many prayers in the Bible, and they are there to show us the kinds of prayer to use, when to use them, and what the rules are of each one.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— (Ephesians 6:18).
That word if should never be used in any other prayer. To use it in a prayer of faith, for example, would be to deny the very petition you have asked of Him. And since we’re on the subject, let me start a list of different prayers with the prayer of faith. This is a prayer to change things, and it is always based on the Will of God, which has already been revealed in His Word. You find what you want in the Word of God, then you pray that very Scripture, claiming your right to also have what is promised in the Bible, and then you stay firm that you will receive what you asked for.
“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22).
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:24).
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:6, 7).
And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, (Luke 24:52).
14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding (1 Corinthians 14:14, 15).
“What I want to impress upon you is not to become burdened by any one form of prayer. Don’t allow yourself to be tied down to the repetition of set forms. It is far better to be wholly led by the Holy Spirit in prayer, for then all aspects of the prayer will be complete,” (page 57).