Monday, August 31, 2015
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Often times I get various questions and insights about Faith, Religion and Spirituality. I find that all three of these, while actually separate of each other, do have one huge characteristic in common—PRAYER. No matter which of these (or all) you may embrace, prayer is involved…to some one or some thing. Personally, I use the Holy Bible as my guide and inspiration, however, there are times when I find some of the scripture confusing and that’s why we have Bible scholars, theologians and ministers—to explain it in a language we non-scholars can understand, right?
What I do know is that there are specific instructions from God on how we’re to behave in the act of prayer…
QUESTION: How to pray to God – WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
ANSWER: Jesus shares some tremendous insight regarding how to pray to God in Matthew 6:5-13—
“And now about prayer. When you pray, don’t be like hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I assure you that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.
“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think prayers are answered only by repeating words over and over again. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! Pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. May your kingdom come soon. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. Give us our food today, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgotten those who have sinned against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but deliver us from the evil one’.”
In the above verses, Jesus shares how not to pray:
*We are to pray in secret.
*Jesus asks us to go to a private place since our Heavenly Father already knows what we are going to pray about.
*Jesus tells us not to ramble on an on, as people of other religions do, or be repetitious with words. God, our Heavenly Father, would have us be specific about our prayer. Then He reiterates that the believer is not to pray repetitiously like the heathen.
Next, Jesus teaches us how to pray:
*Jesus says we should give honor to God and His name.
*We are to pray for His kingdom to come, and for His will to be done, that there would be a heavenly or godly presence here on earth.
*We are to pray for daily provision.
*We are to pray and ask for forgiveness for our sins, and for others who have wronged us.
*We are to pray and ask God to keep us from being tempted, and to deliver us from Satan and his power.
The protocol on how to pray covers several ways of prayer. The primary focus of prayer is the intent. Does the prayer honor God and exalt His name? What is the purpose behind the prayer? Is it personal gain or ambition? Do you pray for others to be blessed and encouraged? Are your prayers done in secret in humility? Are your prayers focused on obtaining godly wisdom, counsel, and direction? God is pleased with these prayers and answers them.
The Bible also says we should pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
What should we pray for? What if we do not know how to pray? The Bible says the Holy Spirit will help us to pray (Romans 8:26-27).
How do we pray to God? Prayer is essentially putting your requests, concerns, or issues before the Lord, and trusting Him to answer them, and we need to pray with the heart of little children…simple, reverent, specific, and trusting (Matthew 18:3).
Why should we pray? We have all sinned and deserve God’s judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring “Jesus is Lord,” you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
My understanding of this scripture is that Prayer is paramount in our lives— if we’re going to honor and obey God’s will for us. Prayer affects everything! Remember, we are to “pray without ceasing.”
My prayer for us all this week is that we’ll spend some precious alone time with our heavenly Father…in Prayer, as it is outlined here.
I, for one, need to check myself and be aware of the fact that “If I’m gonna pray, I better pray right! Right?”
GOD is Good! GOD is Great!!
PS In each of us there’s a sleeping giant and when he wakes up, the miracles begin! Go to the Lord in prayer, be worthy of His miracles!
Special Thanks to: My loyal Blog follower, Lynn, for providing today’s topic and for her never-ending prayers for me!
To the awesome team at AllAboutGOD.com, for today’s scriptures. AMEN!!