Greetings Brethren:

We hereby beseech the people that inhabit the planet earth. The world needs prayer and the Call to God. The lack of forgiveness is the lack of faith and an unanswered prayer. Those that have come to pray regardless of their Robes and Titles are not heard by God if they are insincere and have a tainted heart. Thus the prayers of an unrighteous man will flutter on the grass tops and never reach the heights of the Heavens.

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal September 28, 2001 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


CHRISTIANITY: FALSE TEACHING, FALSE DOCTRINES

THE MIRACLE OF HEALING

PART 48: JESUS: PRAYER & HEALING

In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

John Mark the writer of Mark was not one of the 12 Disciples. However it is recorded that he was with Paul on his first Missionary journey. (Acts 13:13). Mark reveals the work and teachings of Jesus Christ. As the First Gospel written Mark is quoted throughout the other three Gospels. In fact all but 31 verses of Mark are quoted by the other Gospel writers. It is also noted that Mark records more miracles than any other Gospel.

Mark the shortest of the Gospels reveals much about the Ministry of Jesus. He notes the most vivid account of Christ's activities by featuring facts and action. As Jesus went about Preaching and healing the sick he also prayed. Thus, prayer as revealed by this writer in regard to Jesus is essential to healing and salvation.

Mark 1: 35. "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed."

To be Christ like is to take time too pray. Often finding the time to pray can be hard. However, prayer is the necessary connection between us and God. Thus, like Jesus we must find the time to talk with God. Truly through prayer we can be blessed.

Meanwhile, the word of God commands us to pray without ceasing. Here we find that prayer is an integral part of the healing process. Prayer also is the way to be delivered from evil. In the Old Testament in the Book of Jeremiah we see God revealing His divine plan to the people that could be achieved by sincere prayer.

Jeremiah 29: 11-13. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."

29: 12. "Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you."

It was according to Gods will for the people to pray for deliverance. Often in time of trouble and great trials we may feel that God has not heard our prayers. Faith should conquer all fears and trust that the Lord is in control and will never forsake us.

Here we see that God had a plan for the people. There was hope for a bright future. This future was even brighter with the privilege of prayer. Meanwhile, prayer must be offered with a sincere heart.

In the Book of Matthew Jesus teaches about prayer. Here we find the Lord's Prayer. (Jesus also teaches about prayer in Luke 11: 1-13). Matthew begins writing about prayer in chapter 6: 5-15. However verses 5-8 give certain instructions on how to pray. These instructions are still greatly needed in the church today because many public prayers are filled with vain repetitions.

Matthew 6: 5. " And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and the corner of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have thine reward."

6: 8. "Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him."

Many of the religious leaders during this time wanted to be seen as very righteous people. Thus they prayed in public to be noticed and lifted up. Jesus taught that prayer is a communication with God and not a public display. Jesus also warned against the shallow and insincere repeating of words and phrases over and over. We can come to God as often as we desire in prayer with the same request but we must realize that God only answers the sincere prayer to Him and not a prayer to impress man.

In verses 9-15 are revealed the words of the Lord's Prayer. This prayer is often called the Lord's Prayer because Jesus gave it to the Disciples. This scripture gives us an outline that can be used as a pattern for our prayers. This outline reveals that we should praise and thank God. We should pray for the work God is doing in the world. We should also pray for our daily needs. Finally we should pray for help with the trials of life.

In verse 9 shallow means that the name of the father is holy. In verse 10 both John and Jesus had taught that the kingdom of heaven was at hand. In this passage we see two things revealed: (1) the disciples wished the kingdom to come, (2) they believed in the promise of Christ that it was to come soon.

In verse 11 we see two primary thoughts. Daily is from the Greek word necessary. Thus they were to pray for their needs, and not their wants. And this day means that prayer should be offered daily. In verse 12 God does not need an example of our righteous performance. However if a disciple is unwilling to forgive, he is noted as unworthy in the eyes of the Lord.

Finally verse 13 reveals that God never leads men into sin. This clause is a prayer to help the disciples in the trials of life.

Cont. Part 49: The Holy Spirit & Prayer

 

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