Prayer produces intimacy


James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Our loving Heavenly father delights in responding to the needs of his children and one of the main avenues is through prayer. The psalmist David affirmed this in Psalm 86:6, 7 where he said, “Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.”Our God hears and answers prayer.


Too often people just make a stab in the dark at prayer hoping to hit something. We should pray for results by praying according to God’s will revealed in His Word (1 John 5:14, 15). The basis of Christianity from a practical side is a living relationship that has a covenant connection with a living God who hears and answers prayer. All things God has provided for us are offered through prayer and every Believer has the privilege of receiving from God through prayer. Jesus said we could ask and receive that our joy would be full (John 16:24).


Another aspect of prayer is that it is not only for our requests but also it will produce a closeness, or intimacy, in our relationship. Jesus died to restore our relationship with the Father and also our fellowship. We are called into the fellowship of His Son Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:9). Much of the time Jesus spent in prayer was in fellowship with His Father. Fellowship is a communion, a close association with, and a co-sharing with. Jesus prayed we’d be as one with the Father as He and the Father were one, “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are (John 17:11).” Prayer, like nothing else, can produce a closeness or intimacy on a number of levels:


We become more intimate with the One we pray to.
We become more intimate with the ones we pray for.
We become more intimate with the ones we pray with.


It is up to every believer to draw close to God and we can be as close to God as anyone else. The initiative is on us not God.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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