Prayer is from the here and now to the eternal from the created to the creator and it is surely not a matter of analytical description but of use. This is written at the direction of the Spirit with the intent that right now before you go on, you would stop and pray Realizing that the least of efforts in actual relationship to God is far greater than learning about that relationship.
All of us can pray the problem is do we pray? And then how often?
Almost all of us have cried out to God in our lifetime
Why dont we always get answers???
This is the reason most of us give up on praying we dont get the answers we expect its like a hit and miss option and we soon scale down our time praying and our faith wanes with our lack of expectation comes our lack of success and vice versa
Most of us have prayed when we were children and the results have encouraged us or have become unbeknown stumbling blocks to our present efforts.
You who have ears gather in and let us review prayer as God intended it to
If you didnt pray yet now is a good time
God spoke all the material creation into being then He took of that creation, clay/dirt/mud/dust/earth formed it and breathed into it life man.
As a result; God speaks directly to man His created being and instructs him, thus beginning a perfect personal relationship God walks and talks with man.
God having spoken the creation into being now speaks to man and he responds as the consummate servant, to accomplish the work that God desires on earth.
God spoke and it happened and now He speaks to man and man makes it happen.
Prayer started with God Speaking to man.
When this perfect relationship is severed by the sin of disobedience mans role as intimate servant is changed and thus communication with God is altered. The way in which God now speaks to man who has separated himself differs in that we have the knowledge of good and evil our communication is daunted. We therefore are self-dissuaded but not prohibited. Because of sin our eyes are opened and knowledge of such, now commends us to lust after selfish desires, rather then God. This now appears to be a permanent obstacle to a one to one personal intimacy. When man for whatever reason considers God and his relationship to Him the chasm of separation becomes an unapproachable void.
Man at this point cries out to God in his need in His loss he begs God to respond to his pleading.
Man begins to pray for God to speak to him.
This is prayer Mans crying out in the hope of filling the void of an altered perfect loving relationship that has left man without. This cry of man is first seen in Genesis 4:26. Prayer speaks of our need of God and the desire to have relationship with Him who made us servants seeking our innermost need of the love that has made us. Having touched upon the perfect love we find ourselves imperfect and at a great lack. This loss of perfect love also causes man to lust after and try to cling to what ever he may deem will give him pleasure to fill the void of his need. Even perverting His need of God by selfish pursuit of the things of God. Like Simon the magicians desire for power and fame.
Is prayer the way back or the start of a journey?
The way back, may begin with, but is not just in speaking to God or imploring Him, by appealing to His merciful nature. The way back to intimacy is by faithful obedience, which we cannot accomplish of our own volition. This can only be defined and demonstrated in perfect love, where in is our lack. Original sin binds our separation. Man gains opportunity as given through Gods mercy by faith Faith gains entrance into the relationship God has planed. Clearly seen in Abraham It is not in his seeking God by his prayerful cries nor in his hearing God but in his faithful obedience that puts him in right relationship to begin our release from the captivity of sin. This sets the foundation for man to renew his relationship with God. The failure of man in his relationship to God is his inherited sin of disobedience and thus his opportunity is found in faithfully obeying. Another key example is Cornelius the centurion in Acts; God looks at his merciful giving to those in need and his continuous prayer and sends an angel to him to say he is being heard and to assure him of relationship. But first we must hear God and now we may begin to see the place of prayer as part of the larger scheme of things.
Prayer the opportunity to speak to God or to hear God?
Be mindful that prayer is an act of faith that must be met in a life of obedient service to God to come to fruition and fulfillment.
When God spoke the creation it happened it came into being. When God speaks to man He expects it to happen to obey and serve.
When we think of prayer, we generally ponder our need and anticipate the immediacy of a response. We pray with our focus on the fact that God can answer but does anything change in our life? Except that we receive what we want. The majority held concept is that we ask and God delivers and we keep asking and God keeps giving
There is a self-deceived mind concept God answers our need and we go to Church meetings, or we praise Him, or we attend prayer meetings to pray for more. Or is it we go to Church meetings or we praise Him or we attend prayer meetings to get our answer much like paying dues. To often we confuse what we want in a relationship to God. To what God has given us, allowed us to be a part of the Now Or Eternity!
Intercession praying or pleading in behalf of another
Intercession is the major role of prayer for it takes someone in relationship with God to pray for another. This is proved in God is love He is perfect and selfless. To pray for another demonstrates by faith, that we have desire; to serve another with love Pleading to God on their behalf is selfless. Answers to prayer come in response of right relationship that of sacrificial selfless love.
Relationship to God is not measurable in our prayers but in Gods answers to them.
Prayer in the root Hebrew is, by observation, the judgement, of a Brothers action. Seeing someone has sinned and separated from God or are on the road to, we intercede for them.
As exampled in the book of Job, by Job himself. When Jobs trial is over having been sifted by the devil, before anything else he intercedes for his friends. This selfless act of love expounds his right relationship with God. The beginning of all prayer is Communion with God He is the focal point
He knows our need before we ask our need is Him.
The desire of our heart is God. If we desire anything above Him we are defiled by our selfishness. How then can we pray? With half a heart or no heart
The first case of intercession that defines that it is God who invites us to pray for others in need is seen with Abraham in Genesis. He prays that the Cities of Sodom and Gomorra would not be destroyed for the sake of the righteous
"Would you destroy the righteous with the wicked?" And the negotiation with God began; if there are fifty forty-five thirty twenty ten But ten were not found. Here intercession was complete for it was Abrahams intent to save the righteous and they were saved it was Gods intent to destroy the wicked and he did. The prayer of a righteous man was heard.
Prayer by definition will begin to bring some light from which we begin
The word prayer itself means obtained by begging, from, to entreat;
Humble entreaty, addressed to God;
Any Spiritual communion with God.
Begging is not quite the way we see prayer Yet we pray for what we cant and God can do we have a right to have our prayers heard or is it always us accommodating Gods will not Him accommodating us begging declares we are in need of that which we can not provide for ourselves.
But the most important point of our motive is Humility
Asking; in and of itself does not mean or assume we know our role in our relationship to God. To often prayer in our need of God, it translated into asking for things of our want. A cry for our need of God is the goal of all prayer. And prayer for a personal need must be seen as entrance. Does God give us what we want merely to satisfy our need? Or is in our ability to know who to ask that we receive?
The key is God wants our attention to begin a relationship and begin to know we are created for a purpose His purpose!
Humility, humble from humus earth, the ground, lowly, baseness, absence of pride or self-assertion, modest, low in condition rank or position, to reduce the arrogance and self-dependence,
To be meek and submissive to the divine will.
How simple to see Humility whose root is earth/dirt, as a reminder of the substance we are created from we are base it is the breath of God pneuma/spirit that gives us life. His image is not in the baseness of His creation to this point, it is personal, it is love sharing His very breath. This breath that spoke creation into being. If we have His Spirit we can see our flesh and our condition.
We are in need of God!
Are you praying now?
Our place before God is as the created of the earth, from dirt we came and before God we are reminded we are dust and we shall return to dust
We are always before God, in our conscious state or not, our attitude alone speaks to God of our place in prayer
What we do, how we act and interact every moment forms an outward attitude of where our heart is before God this reflects our intention in prayer. God knows our heart... but do we?
One major misconception; is we are ever before God He observes every action yet when we pray we come to God with need in hand like all the actions of our life dont exist and now present before God we are holy and can ask anything.
Entrance into prayer is the ever present "We have no right but only at your calling we are before you." But still ever present now!
Abraham, is visited by the lord then he makes his request for others
Intercession is in the heart of God and we must be in the heart of God to intercede.
Are you ready right now!
Are you in prayer? Yet?
Men are born into the estate of relationship to God, of Abraham this family bloodline is to be extended in faith by love to be fully realized and brought to completion. The conclusion of this family is in the fulfillment of Gods promise to reconcile man by His most loving intervention into mans existence since his creation.
The most loving act of God is in the exposing of His heart to man in the person of Jesus. We can have no understanding except by faith as to the love expressed in depth, simplicity, completeness, or the eternal/everlasting/forever in Jesus
Words merely scratch at the surface to express Gods love for us.
The focus of God to man, is best said in one word JESUS!
Relationship is restored through perfect sacrifice.
The work of God as intended in the garden before sin is now to be completed.
Man in relationship to God to be His servant on earth God speaks to man and man obeys. Prayer is the medium of speaking to those who have ears
Can you hear? Now Will you obey?
The journey following begins in prayer in Jesus
Are you in prayer now?
Now Jesus teaches us to pray it is by Him alone that we can speak to God. God loves us Jesus is the expression of that perfect love to regain as a man for us intimate relationship.
Jesus is the answer not of mans asking but of Gods love for us.
Jesus is sent not in answer to prayer but to answer our need His perfect obedience is perfect sacrifice, is perfect love
Jesus is perfect intercession of word and deed
Before Jesus; The elect were born into relationship through Abraham but there was no freedom to pray a mediator, a priest a go between was needed to approach God. They were under the law that Moses established. Men prayed but it was by Gods selection of those with a hearts desire, of who would approach Him for intercession. Any man could pray but only those who recognized their sin and the sin of all, see need of God, to intercede in utter humility for the waywardness of His people. Prophets head the list, of those selected by God to know His will and represent Him in word and deed. Those called were to direct or redirect His people by faith their sacrifice caused them for their loving obedience to God, to leave home and family, jobs, social position, all that they had to serve. Many suffered uncertain hardships. It cost many their very lives. Jesus follows the pattern of life established by the prophets. And establishes his Church in the same pattern, with the twelve the hundred and twenty and the three thousand as described in the second and fourth chapters of Acts. Submission is not in words or random acts but in a life patterned after Jesus.
The cost of the call of God is our lives Willingly given in love as Jesus
Called is not commissioned or positioned it is merely opportunity to respond to a merciful and gracious God. Prayer is the realized opportunity each time we endeavor. Emphasis God our creator who calls us gives us opportunity
To speak to Him enjoining ourselves to His divinity
Called takes us past separation of original sin through to He who is called Jesus. He gives us entrance His purpose is entrance and fulfillment of relationship now in prayer and through the resurrection forever. Have you responded yet?
Prayer is entrance, of we the created, into the divinity of God our creator
So we are ever humbled as created from the earth and breathed into opportunity of Gods grace this is affirmed in Jesus by His example. From His roots born into a common family in a manger, humbly, a servant
Today, to many take the stand in Christ, we are not beggars!
We go boldly unto the throne of grace the line from Hebrews is "Let us come near the throne of gracious love, with confidence. Then we can receive mercy ( which means we have erred ) and find gracious love to help us when we need it!"
In every circumstance Jesus who was among us as a man knows our weakness and is our supply; So that we may ever draw near Him, that we will find mercy when we need it! If we join Him in His love we are enabled by His grace to be sustained in every circumstance more so in our time of sin
Mercy is God loving us even in our sin and drawing us back with forgiveness.
We who have not completed the trip of following to Christs likeness into the resurrection need be reminded of our sin and our weakness our call is to a God who can; in all things; but what is the place of Jesus in His prayer "Your will not mine be done"
Prayer then is willful surrender to God following the example of Jesus. Your will not mine father.
Prayer begins with God who allows us to speak to Him.
Then our attitude; is the beginning of our prayer. The unspoken intention of our day to day interaction speaks to God. Who are we before God? We come in the name of Jesus. Well do we?
Is our goal to be what ever we want; do what ever we want and then use the name of Jesus to pray? Give us what ever we want! Is this Humility? Or begging? Is this following?
Is this our pursuit, our desire to be like Jesus? to pray like Jesus?
Our attitude is not measured just when we pray but in all our every action Are we "picking up our cross daily?" Where is our heart for our Brother? For our neighbor? Just where is our heart moment to moment? Praying yet?
How true is the consideration of our daily actions Jesus warns us even further
"You will be judged by every word that comes out of your mouths." In light of our speaking and our judgement of each word spoken, can we now see the role of prayer in a whole new way.
A prayerful attitude is a life style and not just when we choose to speak to God. But in all we do and when ever we speak. For Jesus is ever present He will not leave us or forsake us and He hears every word we speak
But what is our intent? Is it to be ever present for Him? To be ready to hear Him means just that awaiting expectant anticipating Longing!
Does love flow from our mouths? Does prayer?
Jesus teaches us how to pray
The greatest prayer ever prayed was the silent obedient walk to the cross and the surrendering of His life
His loving sacrifice speaks more, much more then words it is our release from the captivity of sin and death.
Action loving sacrificial obedient service is always the result of prayer, And the reason for prayer.
Jesus begins us on this walk of establishing relationship to God by obeying Him.
His one command to us in response to His purpose, His mission, His motive, Himself, Is to "love as He loves".
Jesus expects us to pray and in doing so our first foundational step is to become selfless by praying alone in our prayer closet.
The prayer closet is not a place it is the forming of a relationship with God. This is not done in public or where anyone can see us, its to be an internal posture not a physical show. It is to become an attitude starting with; We are never alone there are no parameters no special place, no special time He is ever present. He is in us! Now we must learn to be ever present for Him. This is dying to self. We speak to God to build our faith in intercession, to build our trust in confiding our confession, to hear His voice and learn His will, but most importantly to grow in His love. We do not have to use a lot of words nor repeat ourselves over and over in prayer, for He hears us and knows what we need before we ask. This is to be a heart to heart time of sharing our selves with Him and receiving the fullness of His presence. What Jesus shares with us in prayer will be seen in our lives prayer reveals God. Sharing yet?
What we ask for alone will be seen in public.
Today men scurry and teach formulas, religiosity to reach Gods presence, words with little action a day, a weekend, a week does not build relationship. A life of unselfish service builds a prayer life and a prayer life is identified by a life of loving service.
Man teaches weekly prayer and commits himself to his meager efforts Weekly prayer is weakly prayer.
Led of the Spirit begins the path of Jesus into the desert submitted unto the will of God Service starts with submitting our whole life to God not just some of it its not a part time venture. He does not return to the carpenters shop. From this point, His life is of total service the Spirit leads Him
Jesus starts His ministry led into prayer, forty days and nights while fasting. Was He speaking or listening? He then serves daily and prays into the night sometimes all night. The resolve of prayer is to pray interceding for others, dying to self until we are dead enough to hear clearly and filled with love, obey. Jesus is led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan His response is of God
Jesus teaches us how to pray with these words but be ever reminded, it was the completion of His loving obedient service that His words have value
The power of one word is in answering the request to teach us how to pray.
"Our" Jesus brings us into relationship to Himself in one word, to everyone that prays and now we are to call God the creator of all things Father! This brings us back into intimate relationship with God who is Spirit by now having us call Him, realize Him and relate to Him as Daddy. God is every ones father. And each of us and all of us are here because of Him.
Is there a right way or wrong way to pray?
Holy is God who is our father In Jesus you have come to us. He brings Good news of your Kingdom; Eternal life with you Father alive in Jesus; it is perfect love now alive in us because of Him. So that your will can be accomplished in love all over the earth for the perfect love of obedience from heaven is now on earth. We now together have Jesus that perfect love in our midst so we are able because of Him to ask and we ask in His name supply our need both spiritual and temporal; To be able to complete the work today of loving service in this world We are forgiving others Please forgive us removed from hindrance of relationship to anyone we will be free to receive the fullness of your Grace to share in this, lead us away from all temptation delivered from evil, we thank you we praise you! It is you and you alone in one voice we proclaim it is your Kingdom, your power, you receive all the Glory in anyone seeing any work we do only you are eternal so be it in our hearts
We pray as you gave us this prayer through Jesus
Prayer is clearly hearing Jesus say "I love You!" come follow
If you come this far and have not prayed what have you said?
Why should it take so many words so many pages to explain or describe prayer?
And this is just on the foundational outline of prayer and theres so much, so very much more. It is like trying to describe God when you know Him He is greater then all the words that attempt to define Him and He is Love Greater still to describe yet in our midst is Jesus
Let us talk to Him let us know His voice let us desire to see His face
This is prayer in the doing let us now be like Him now
Let us pray
Jesus Christís Community at Hebron