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PRAYER AND THE CHRISTIAN

"Keep praying, but be thankful that God's answers are wiser than your prayers."
(William Culbertson)

Thoughts On Prayer     Unanswered Prayer     Scriptures Worth Heeding (Below).

 

Jesus’ Blueprint For Prayer
"The Lord's Prayer." Actually, the prayer is misnamed because the Lord Himself could not have prayed this prayer. As the Son of God without sin, He could not have joined in the petition, "Forgive us our sins." Perhaps the prayer should be labeled, "The Disciples' Prayer," since it is a primer on prayer for people like us. It serves us in praying as an outline serves a minister when he preaches a sermon or as a blueprint serves a builder when he constructs a building. It guides us as we go.
 

Praying In The Spirit
Let us not allow the idea of "praying in the Spirit" to be corralled into a "tongues only" code-phrase, for there are many ways to "pray in the Spirit" besides the gift of tongues. Praying in the Spirit should be understood as praying in the power of the Spirit, by the leading of the Spirit, and according to His will, not as praying in tongues

What Does It Mean To Pray Without Ceasing?
Paul’s command in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray without ceasing,” can be confusing. Obviously, it cannot mean we are to be in a head-bowed, eyes-closed posture all day long.

Many Words vs. Persistent Praying
How do we reconcile the both sets of instructions found in Scripture... We should not use "many words" in prayer and that we should be persistent in prayer?


Can My Prayers Help Some one Else?
Can my prayers actually reach out and touch another person? "I’ll pray for you," I promise so easily. But what if I forget? Does that mean the help never goes to them at all? Does God, who loves that person so much more deeply than I ever could--does God hold back, waiting for me? Surely God’s great creative love is not tied to the reliability of a human friend. Surely someone God loves is cared for, with or without my involvement.

Every Prayer An Answered Prayer
How many times have you said, "God just doesn't hear my prayers"? Are you are among the many Christians who pray with fingers crossed, "hoping against hope" that God will hear you?

When We Don't Know How to Pray
The signs of our weakness in prayer are all around us. We repeat the Lord's Prayer every Sunday, but we have mastered the art of letting the words roll from our mouths without their meaning ever crossing our brain. We say our ritual grace before each meal with such magical and legalistic ritualism that it differs not at all from rubbing a rabbits foot.

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    Some Thoughts On Prayer

    "God does nothing but in answer to prayer." John Wesley.

    "The less I pray, the harder it gets; the more I pray, the better it goes."  Martin Luther"

    When god intends to bless His people, the first thing he does is to set them apraying."  Matthew Henry

    "When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don't they don't."  William Temple

    "Probably the number one reason why prayer malfunctions in the hands of believers is that we try to turn a wartime walkie-talkie into a domestic intercom. Until you know that life is war you cannot know what prayer is for. Prayer is for the accomplishment of a wartime mission.... But what have millions of Christians done? We have stopped believing that we are in a war.  No urgency, no watching, no vigilance. No strategic planning.  Just easy peace and prosperity. And what did we do with the walkie-talkie? We tried to rig it up as an intercom in our houses and cabins and boats and car, not to call in fire power for conflict with a moral enemy, but to ask for more comforts in the den."  John Piper (Let the Nations be Glad, 46).

    "If God had granted all the silly prayers I've made in my life, where should I be now?"  C. S Lewis, Letters to Malcolm.

    "There is a general kind of praying which fails for lack of precision.  It is as if a regiment of soldiers should all fire off their guns anywhere.  Possibly somebody would be killed, but the majority of the enemy would be missed."  C.H. Spurgeon.

    "The neglect of prayer is a grand hindrance to holiness." John Wesley.

    “Do you ever come to God and say, "Lord, I have worked this all out, I want you to bless it"? What is that saying? "It all depends on me. I want you to make it work, that's all." That is trying to mix the old and the new, and it will never work. You cannot do it. God will never go along with that process. He just folds his arms and says, "If that is the way you want to do it, you do it. I'll watch you." And he watches us until we fall flat on our face. But when we are discouraged, after finding out it did not work, and cry out, "Lord, help me," he says, "Here I am. I have been here all along and I am willing to work through you right now, as long as you quit working, depending on yourself." Ray Stedman. Authentic Christianity.

     

    Unanswered Prayer
    Sometimes when prayers aren't answered as one requests, other zealous believers comment, "You didn’t have enough faith," or "You need to increase your faith." But to make such statements is as futile as to say "Stop being sick." This gives emphasis on faith in faith itself rather than faith in God. He and He alone is to be the object and focus of our faith. In our day, however, some have extended this truth from "believing in faith" to "claiming in faith." In such cases human desire is imposed upon the sovereign will and purposes of God. To make such demands on God is contrary to the spirit of Scripture.

    As an example, people who are ill or in need require healing or some form of provision in their life. In an act of faith, they petition God through prayer to answer their needs. Time passes. With no immediate answer in sight they grow weary of waiting and demand answers. In response, isolated Bible verses are used to support their insistence that God must perform according to their demands. Sadly, what begins as a sincere longing to see God work degenerates into a spirit of insistence. Ultimately, this attitude prevents a trusting rest in God's care and His provision.

     

    Some Scriptures Well Worth Heeding
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     As the Scripture says, "Whoever wants to enjoy life and wishes to see good times, must keep from speaking evil and stop telling lies. He must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the Lord keeps his eyes on the righteous and always listens to their prayers; but he turns against those who do evil." 1 Pet 3:10-12 (TEB)

     "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." 1 Pet 3:12 (NIV)

     [The just healed blind man] "We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will." John 9:31 (NIV)

     Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! Ps 66:16-20 (NIV)

     If any of you is in trouble let him pray. If anyone is flourishing let him sing praises to God. If anyone is ill he should send for the church elders. They should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord's name. Believing prayer will save the sick man; the Lord will restore him and any sins that he has committed will be forgiven. You should get into the habit of admitting your sins to each other, and praying for each other, so that you may be healed. Tremendous power is available through a good man's earnest prayer. James 5:13-16 (Phi)

     ...A good man's prayer is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man with human frailties like our own; and when he prayed in earnest that there should be no rain, not a drop fell on the land for three years and a half; then he prayed again, and down came the rain and the land bore crops once more. James 5:16-18 (NEB)

     And if, dear friends of mine, our conscience no longer accuses us, we may have the utmost confidence in God's presence. We receive whatever we ask for, because we are obeying his orders and following his wishes. 1 Jn 3:21-22 (Phi)

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