UNDERSTANDING PRAYER

UNDERSTANDING PRAYERAUGUST 2014

UNDERSTANDING PRAYER

Prayer is not you asking God for something. Why do we need to ask God in prayer for anything? For we know that God knows what we want before we ask Him.
The most important part of our prayer should be listening to what God has to say to us.
Listening for that soft voice that tells us, what we need to do and where we need to go helps us to understand His Word. He gives us wisdom and knowledge in His Word. He gives us words of love and peace that relaxes our soul and mind.
We get so caught up in telling God about all our problems that we forget to stop and listen to what the Holy Spirit (God) is saying to us.
Always remember to put Jesus (the Holy Spirit and God) in the center.
You have heard people pray. They are only trying to impress others by letting them know that they are holy. They go on and on with all these words, that if God were listening to them, He would have forgotten what they were asking of Him.
Read what Jesus said about when you pray. “Go into your room and when you have shut your door pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. When you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathens do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore, do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him”.
Our prayers should be prayers of thanksgiving. Let God know that we understand that it is ‘His will’ not ‘our will’ that is done. Then, all you’ll have to say is, “Let your will be done” or “I thank you Father for hearing my prayers and answering them”.
When Jesus spoke to Laz’a-rus after he had been dead for four days he didn’t use many words. All Jesus said was, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me, and I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by, I say this that they may believe that You sent Me. Then He called out, “Laz’a-rus come forth!” (John 11:41-44). Read and understand that Jesus only used three (3) words to raise the dead. The rest of what He said was for us to believe that God had sent Him.
Another example is the prayer of Grace (for the blessing of food). Often times too many words are used.
What did Jesus said when He blessed the food? “Bless it O Lord, thy God, King of the universe who bring food from the earth and wine from the vines.” That is all that we need to say.
Read what Jesus said about long prayers.
“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites (a person that pretends to be what they are not; one who pretends to be better than is really so), who loves to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues (in groups) where everyone can see them.”
When you pray, do not babble on and on as people of different religions often do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you are in need of before you ask Him.”
So ask for wisdom, understanding when you pray, and then wait for Gods Words to come forth.
Do not take my word. Read the Bible for yourself, so that you may know and then, pass it on.
God Bless You

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