WHAT IS PRAYER?

Simply put, it is a humble request to God. It is also how God communicates with us.

When we think of prayer we think of what is called the Lord’s Prayer in chapter 6 of Matthew  but actually Jesus was telling His disciples “In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven

Hallowed be Your name

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the

power and the glory forever.  Amen.

The Lord’s prayer is actually John Chapter 17. There is a big difference. Now using the prayer that Jesus gave in Matthew chapter 6 as a guide one can pray quite well.

 

DIFFERENT ASPECTS TO PRAYER

 

PRAISE:

How should one praise the Lord / God? You can start by reading Psalm 150 which is titled “Praise the Lord”.  When we praise the God, we are exalting His glories and His excellence.  Psalm 118:3; “From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord’s name is to be praised. Psalm 50:23a; “Whoever offers praise glorifies Me”. Psalm 34:1; “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 135:3; “Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant.

 

CONFESSION:

A good place to read about confession is in Psalm 51, where David asks God for mercy. In this psalm David, first freely admits to his sin. Second, he displays real sorrow (God knows if you are faking it and faking it is worse than not confessing). He then asks God for forgiveness. And lastly he believes that God has heard him. In 1 John 1:9 it states: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.

 

PETITION:

One great difference between all other religions and that of those who truly have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is that the believe has a prayer-hearing and prayer-answering God, who is alive today. God commands us to pray by faith in Him by the name of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Lord God said in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”. That is pretty straight forward but the writer of the book of Hebrews in 6:8 states “it is impossible for God to lie”. Paul the writer of the book of Titus confirms it in verse 2 “God, who cannot lie”.

Whether you are asking for yourself or for someone else, true and honest words are to be said to the Lord God. If it is His will it will be done. What do I mean by His will? He knows what is best for you because He knows the end from the beginning because He is outside of time. Remember He created it (which means Something from Nothing). What we might think is best is not always right and we need to thank God for not always giving us what we ask for. I’m thankful He doesn’t.

 

THANKSGIVING:

The spiritual blessing of being thankful in our prayer life can’t be overemphasized. The bible says that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble in James 4:6. The question is how do we become humble? Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:20: “Give thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

 

COMMITMENT:

Commitment is a big word, especially in this day in age of company downsizing and so many people striving for the all mighty dollar. Many people say with their lips that they accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior but until they truly make a heart felt commitment to Him the true and great blessings may not unfold. How can God truly use you if you are not committed to Him.

Earlier I told you about those whom are called by His name. What did I mean?  True God created all things through Jesus Christ but if one takes a look at John 3:3, Jesus tells Nicodemus (who just happens to be THE teacher of Israel “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. In verses 5-8, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of flesh is flesh, and that which is born of Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.So is everyone who is  born of the Spirit”.

John 3 Verses 16-21  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come  into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light lest their deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God”.

1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”.

1Corinthians 1:18 “ For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”.

Even after one is saved, we still need to confess our sins to God daily because  Jesus died for us while we were all sinners. Remember all your sins were yet future when Jesus hung on the cross for us.

For this reason we all need to remember  1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

 

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