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Thoughts about Prayer
« on: July 26, 2020, 10:53:33 AM »

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Whilst faith is our link to Divinity, prayer is that which leads us to God as surely as a sunbeam leads to the sun.

In prayer we are told to use the same Lord's prayer that the Apostles used for God has no favourites.   We are told by Jesus that there is no need to bang on using many words or fancy phrases but to just keep it simple and from the heart.  Whilst our prayers flow from what we are not, God's answers are designed to make us that which we must become.

If God, maker of all things visible and invisible, knows exactly what our requirements are then why should we bother to pray?  By speaking to God in prayer it means that we articulate our thanks and praise; our recognition that we have sinned, our need to repent and for God's forgiveness and understanding as well as for the necessities of life in a way that helps us to better understand our blossoming relationship with Him.  In addition it also expresses our desire to develop further the personal relationship we can achieve with Him and to bask in the joy it brings. 

If we want to get warm we must spend time near a source of heat and if we wish to know God more and more each day then we need time spent in prayer with Him. God is pouring out His Love on the world non-stop and it is free to those who want it but sadly many resort to prayer as an act of despair when other approaches seem cut off from them.  In Psalm 109: 4. we read,  ?I will give myself unto prayer.? and it's an elemental principle of our faith that no real growth in holiness was ever gained by one who did not take time to be long and often alone with God.

The Lord's Prayer is deal for its all encompassing brevity and if we feel the need to add more then we can do so as God will be listening.  God is not interested in flannel, dissembling or obfuscation. We must pour our hearts out to Him; let Him have all our problems, all our moans and groans. Ask Him to help us to increasingly love Him and our fellow men and women more and more. If we truly believe we will receive God's help when we ask for it then we will receive it but to me it is self evident that Infinite Wisdom might refuse that which ignorance, in all innocence, requests.  By praying often we learn how to pray and the more we pray the more often we are able to pray and the better we are able to pray, and perseverance with prayer is necessary  to achieve frequency in prayer.
 
We are in he presence of God when we offer our prayers through Christ who intercedes for us.   When we engage in prayer on a regular basis it becomes a joy and not a duty to be used only when help is needed.  Prayer is mankind's direct line to God and each individual has their own personal number to call that is never engaged and is open to receive our calls every second of our lives.  Just cry "Heavenly Father" for that is all that is required for our call to be answered.


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Re: Thoughts about Prayer
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2020, 12:18:11 PM »
@Derek1955

'Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:
for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:
but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us
with groanings which cannot be uttered.
And He that searcheth the hearts
knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,
because He maketh intercession for the saints
according to the will of God.'

(Romans 8:26-27)   

* Thank you, Derek, for the thoughts you have expressed.

Forgive me, please, but I do not believe that the Lords prayer is intended for us to pray verbatum:  but shows rather the form that our prayers should take.  The prayers contained in Ephesians 1:17+ and 3:14+ are far more relevant for us who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, our Lord and Head.  The way that the Lord's prayer is used comes under the heading of 'vain repetition' very often: familiarity rendering it so; for the words are just repeated parrot fashion, with very little attention paid to what is being said.

Within the love of Christ our Saviour,
our risen Lord and Head.
Chris

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Re: Thoughts about Prayer
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2020, 04:02:20 PM »
Thank you Chris for your as always thought provoking views.

Whilst I might well know what I want I'm convinced that God know that which I truly need and so whether my prayers are formulaic, repetitive or carefully crafted God searches my heart for that which I really mean.  I sometimes feel that when my prayers are rather desultory and verbatim they might represent my inmost thoughts and desires which God most wants to hear.

May God continue to bless you, Chris.
Forever in Christ,
Derek

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Re: Thoughts about Prayer
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2020, 04:20:05 PM »
Thank you Chris for your as always thought provoking views.

Whilst I might well know what I want I'm convinced that God know that which I truly need and so whether my prayers are formulaic, repetitive or carefully crafted God searches my heart for that which I really mean.  I sometimes feel that when my prayers are rather desultory and verbatim they might represent my inmost thoughts and desires which God most wants to hear.

May God continue to bless you, Chris.
Forever in Christ,
Derek

Thank you, Derek.  I agree, it is wonderful!! All is provided for, isn't it?  In Christ Jesus our Lord.

Within the love of Christ our Saviour,
Our risen, Lord and Head.
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