PRAYER: A Few Thoughts on Prayer and Praying

Prayer“And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.”
–Luke 11:2-4

Praying is one of the most important activities a believer can do.

Prayer is communication with the Father, who is the source of all to the believer.

Protection, provision, wisdom, guidance, faith: praying to God Almighty opens up those ultra-important lines of communication to provide ALL the things the believer needs.

Books on prayer and praying appear to be very popular in the churches. Some of these books feature information which is not found in the Bible. such as using chalk to draw a circle and praying inside of it; praying in a certain manner in order to “force” God to the supplicant’s will; or, praying certain prayers which have a “magical” effect because of the words which are said.

Another popular trick is recommending practices found in gnostic or extra-biblical sources rooted in Jewish esoteric tradition and passing them off as if they came from God Almighty Himself or are a part of biblical Judaism.

MANY of these practices have more in common with sorcery, witchcraft, magic spells and the occult than they do with Christianity.

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Jesus gave the apostles His view on praying–as well as a sample prayer–in Luke 11:2-4 (This is also recorded in Matthew 6:9-13).

A FEW TIPS

  1. When praying, it is not necessary to memorize certain words or prayers as some do: the believer should just talk to the Father.
  2. The believer should set aside a quiet time each day to go to the Father in prayer. This doesn’t necessarily have to be the same time each day, but if it is, one not only will look forward to this time of peace and prayer, but it also becomes part of one’s daily routine.
  3.  The Christian should get his guidance for prayer from the Bible–NOT the numerous popular “Christian” books written on the subject.
  4. God Almighty knows the needs of the praying person before that person does. So most prayer time can be spent on asking for others. It is a truth that if the believer did not pray for certain individuals, they simply would not ever get prayed for. This should spur the believer on to pray for those who “despitefully use you.”
  5. Praying for those who curse and despitefully use you is also a certain way to know that that the offending party has been forgiven by the one doing the praying.

“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
–Matthew 6:15

MORE: 10 Prayers for the Believer’s Prayer List

Is the reader in the habit of praying?

That is a good habit to develop.

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
2 Corinthians 4:3

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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