THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
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Part 5: Parts of Prayer: Supplication
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Writers Note: Beloved we come as humble as we know how. Therefore we declare that all that believeth and all that liveth a temporal life experience need prayer. No one can make any day without God. However many believe that man breaks the day and cast Night into darkness and the Sun into Light.
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) 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.
We bear witness there is surely an on-going blessing in prayer as we continue our report on the parts of prayer. Beloved Bible study is so important. Through study moved by the Holy Spirit and divine inspiration we can see the things God would have us to see to serve Him. It is written that we come this way not to lift up self but to cry out in adoration for Almighty God the father and His son our Savior Christ Jesus.
Supplication is the third component of prayer we will consider. Supplication has reference to a humble and earnest posture. When this is applied to God in prayer we see Supplication. Thus a humble and earnest request or prayer is noted as Supplication. So we bear witness that as we come in adoration, confessing our sins and faults we make this request in prayer in a humble manner in Supplication. Follow us now to I Timothy for some powerful scripture that reveals more about Supplication.
We will begin our scriptural lesson at I Timothy 2: 1-3 however we would be remiss if we did not include the 4th verse. We also advise you for your study, thought and mediation to read this entire chapter.
I Timothy 2: 1-3: “I EXHORT therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men;
“For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
(Also see Ezra 6: 10)
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;”
As Paul teaches about the service of the Apostles in the great struggle with the world he teaches about various forms of prayer. At verse 8 we are told to pray everywhere therefore verse 1 does not limit the use of this verse to the public service of the congregation. Prayers are requests unto God that are intense and compose certain components. Here we find that Supplication in prayer is the more earnest requests often seen in great and intense necessity.
Paul in this first verse also notes for our instruction two other forms of prayer that we will discuss in more detail as we proceed. In fact our next lesson will cover Intercession and then we will conclude our discussion on the parts of prayer with a discussion on Thanksgiving. So as Paul mentions Intercession we reveal that these prayers are made on the behalf of other's who are in need of God's mercy. Meanwhile prayers of Thanks are expressions of gratitude for favor that God has bestowed upon us.
Follow us now to verse 2 where Paul teaches us about prayer for those in positions of authority. The rules of authority figures often have some impact on the liberties and life of general citizens. However Christians are to pray and be undisturbed in their desire to lead a Godly life. For the record many people get this scripture confused as to our responsibility toward those that govern. Here Paul notes that surely our prayers will not have a direct impact on our leaders as they will not hear the prayer. Therefore we can conclude that as we lift up scriptural prayers God will intervene in His own divine way toward the liberties of the brethren. If this was not the case we would not be instructed to pray for our leaders.
Earlier we noted king Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4 at Part 4) and his adoration of God. Therefore our prayers for rulers and kings are not new.
At verse 3 we see the phrase “for this is good” that begins the verse. What does this mean? A life of honesty and Godliness is the quest of the saints. So it is good when this can be accomplished and not hindered by improper legislation that violates the laws of God. As noted earlier we would be remiss if we did not include here in our discussion the 4th verse found at this place. Here we find a very powerful word. We trust that you will pay close attention.
I Timothy 2: 4: “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
Beloved your salvation is directly connected with the knowledge of the truth. Thus there can be no salvation without truth. How do you find truth? Is it found in the Bible? Is it found in prayer? Well do some people believe salvation is found in a pocketbook? Thus many believe that the Tithing system of the Old Testament for the Jews and the Levitical Priesthood is still valid. However it is written from the Old and then in the New that Christ would come to remove the need to make sacrificial offerings for sins and the Tithe would no longer be needed as He replaced the Old Priesthood. What are the parallels if any between the spilled blood of Christ and money in today’s church?
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 5 July 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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