THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 2: On Defining Prayer
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: Beloved there is an inherent freedom in prayer. John then noted that he became liberated in Christ Jesus. Thus he was promised freedom to pursue the religion noted in the Holy Bible as a follower of Christ. He was also cloaked in freedom as he stood up to speak and as he was inspired as a sage. Glory to God, Hallelujah.
Peace be unto you. To the Church and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
Beloved has it been written that many come not knowing really what prayer means? Just what then is prayer? Is it a means of requesting that God solve all of the problems we encounter here on earth? What does the distinction between the world and those that choose God have to do with our understanding prayer? Well then can you truly understand prayer and not be with God? Well then can those that don’t know God pray? What about those that know God but also lean on the world? What about their prayer life? Can anyone pray for you calling out the name of Jesus?
I also heard a Rap Gospel singer (?) calling out the name of Jesus in song. Did this make the person or the song holy? Calling on Jesus is one thing however where is Jesus in the heart? Will the pure of heart then have an inside line to Jesus? What of those with tainted hearts that believe and have undying faith in the world as their heaven and an earthly peace and paradise?
Now let us look at several formal definitions for prayer. However we remind you that the only way to fully understand prayer is to look to the Bible. Also we note that those that don’t reflect on the components of prayer in their lives will never understand prayer. No doubt these same people will never truly understand our loyalty to God and Christ and our mood of obedience.
Many Bible scholars define prayer as a primary means of communication that joins together God and humankind. This relationship therefore produces an intimate and reciprocal relationship. Furthermore this basic assumption is the belief that the Creator of the world is both available for all of humankind that He created to petition Him for their needs. So prayer can be defined as communication with God. Also of note are the documented prayers in the Bible. Should these prayers then give us some guidelines regarding prayer? What do we gain by reading the prayers noted in scripture?
Meanwhile we see in the Old and New Testaments a divine partnership between God and humankind through prayer. “The ultimate goal of this partnership as articulated in Jesus’ model prayer is that God’s will… will be done on earth as in heaven.”
What are other things we need to know to try gain an additional understanding of prayer? It is no doubt that many come to prayer when there is a crisis. However we are to pray daily regardless of times of trouble as trials, tribulations and trouble will always be with those that move and testify upon a foreign land. For a scripture reference that notes the instinctive nature of prayer during a crisis see Psalms 107: 23-28.
We also come testifying that when one strives to be a Christian prayer becomes a part of his or her daily life. “Thou then art not a Christian that art not a praying person.” Prayer thus is the daily business of a Christian and the word teaches us to pray without ceasing. The acceptance of the reality of a living God allows prayer to become a natural means of life. See Proverbs 21: 1 for a powerful message on this theme. However we also remind you to read the verses that follow to get an even greater blessing as you study this vivid reality regarding prayer.
The power of prayer and the will of God is seen further in a prominent New Testament scripture found at (I Timothy 2: 1-4). Results are seen as we pray. Also without prayer some things do not occur. Thus once again we are taught to pray daily and without ceasing.
Also as we explore specific Biblical characters and prayer we find some have left us great examples to learn from and lean on. The following notes some of these personalities for your thought, study and mediation:
Moses: Exod. 32: 11-13, 31, 32; 32: 12-18; Num. 11:11-15; 14:13-19
Abraham: Gen. 18:22-23
Jacob: 32: 24-30
Elijah: James 5: 17-18
David: Psalms 3, 32
Solomon: II Chronicles 1: 7-12; 6: 14-42
Hezekiah: Ii Kings 19:14-19; Isa. 37: 14-20
Ezra: 9: 5-15
Jeremiah: 17: 13-18; Lam. 5
Paul: Ephesians 1: 15-22; 3:14-19
As we proceed through this study on Prayer we will most likely re-visit some of the personalities thus noted and deal with some of the scriptural references more in detail. We will also note more specifics regarding the Prayers of Jesus. However at the moment we will briefly reflect on and make some preliminary statements on Jesus and prayer. One of the greatest examples of prayer is noted by Jesus at (I Peter 2: 21). The Bible teaches us that prayer had a great importance in His life and teachings. We know that Jesus prayed during the times when He needed to make decisions. He also prayed in times of a crisis.
The Lord also prayed when He was baptized (Luke 3: 21-22). During a time of great decision when He chose his twelve apostles He also prayed (Luke 6: 12-13). At (Luke 9: 29) the Lord was transfigured this was also a time for prayer. When He was engaged in sustained and exhausting service (Mark 1: 35-39); when He called forth Lazarus from the grave (John 11: 41-42; when He was burdened for Simon Peter (Luke 22: 31-32); when He faced betrayal, execution, and divine abandonment (Mark 14: 32-42; when He thought of His disciples and their future ministry (John 17); and when He died (Luke 23:46); were all times in which He prayed.
Beloved many of the lost and those that pass and go by the Church and sit on pews that stir not the spirit have come to question and discount prayer. We have even heard that some now preach and teach that prayer and even the Word are not the primary means to know and serve God. Therefore God is explained by man and not through the scriptures realizing that He is infinite. Turn with us to that upright man Job for a word here.
So what is the profit of prayer? Job the Bible tells us was under severe emotional and physical pressure thus at
Job 21: 15 we find these words:
“What is the Almighty that we should serve him? And what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?”
Job as a devout upright man soon found out. Therefore we don’t come to question are doubt the profits and merits of prayer. Look back at (I Timothy 2: 1-4). There we see that prayer is a major element in God’s redemptive program. Besides this prayer is the source of vision, power, creativity, and blessing in personal experience, consequently, because of its profit, we are enjoined to give this ministry unquestioned priority (Luke 18: 1; Ephesians 6: 18; Philippians 4: 6; I Timothy 2: 1; I Thessalonians 5: 17) Neglect of prayer or indolence in prayer is nothing short of sin (I Samuel 12: 23), since it impedes the operation of God's; grace in man’s life.
Peace and Love, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God writing for the Free Press the FreedomJournal Press this 19th day of May 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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