Prayer is talked about a lot among spiritual people. Books are written about it, and you can even attend seminars and workshops on prayer. The odd thing, most people do not pray regularly, and everyone should. The Bible is brimming over with promises: Prayer brings us into God's presence. Prayer changes people. Prayer changes the world. Prayer is powerful.
The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him sincerely. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them. (Psalms 145: 18719)
The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help. The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. (Psalm 34:1617)
The Lord says, "I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them. I will satisfy them with a long life and give them my salvation." (Psalm 91:1416)
In our instant gratification society, prayer seems out of place. We pray for something and expect it to happen immediately or soon, anyway. The Bible promises answers, but does not promise them immediately. The following passages from the Gospel of Luke depict Jesus recommending perseverance in prayer.
One day, Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up. "There was a judge in a certain city," he said, "who was a godless man with great contempt for everyone. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, appealing for justice against someone who had harmed her. The judge ignored her for a while, but eventually she wore him out. 'I fear neither God nor man,' he said to himself, 'but this woman is driving me crazy. I'm going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!' " Then the Lord said, "Learn a lesson from this evil judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end, so don't you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who plead with him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when I, the Son of Man, return, how many will I find who have faith?" (Luke 18:18)
"Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks. You parents if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a snake? Of course not! If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him." (Matthew 7:711)
We can be confident that He will listen to us whenever we ask Him for anything in line with His will. And if we know He is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that He will give us what we ask for.
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:67)
Jesus understood the importance of prayer. But he also understood that some people like to make a "show" out of prayer, trying to impress others with their long and flowery prayers. He assured his followers that this kind of prayer had no influence with God, who understands our motives:
"When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you. When you pray, don't babble on and on as people of religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again. Don't be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!" (Matthew 6:68)
Some people claim they don't know how to pray. The Bible is full of examples, including the famous Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:913 and Luke 11:24). But the Bible also promises that our awkwardness at praying does not need to hold us back. He has given us a "prayer partner", the Spirit. When you say "Father, I come to you in Jesus Name", the Holy Spirit is with you to help you:
The Holy spirit helps us in our distress. For we don't even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. (Romans 8:26)
To receive salvation, pray the salvation prayer out loud, as it says in Romans 10:10 "For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation".
PRAYER OF SALVATION
Dear Jesus, I believe in YOU. I believe you are the Son of God, that you died for our sins, and that you were buried and rose again as it is written in the Bible. Forgive me for all my sins. Come into my heart, take charge of my life and make me the way you want me to be. With your ever present help, I renounce all my sinful practices of the past. Cleanse my heart with your precious blood. Write my name in your Book of Life. I confess you now as my Lord and Saviour. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen!
A superb triumph which shook the foundations of Hell.
About the Cross:
The single most important event in the history of Christianity is the death of Jesus Christ. This is because on Calvary's Cross, God's unconditional love for us was displayed through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ. It also was where the power of sin and death were eternally destroyed. Death also has lost its sting because Christ not only died for us, but He rose again to provide a way for us to walk in newness of life. We have a promise given to us by God, and that is:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
The Cross of Jesus is the revelation of God's judgement on sin. Never tolerate the idea of martyrdom about the Cross of Jesus Christ. The Cross was a superb triumph in which the foundations of hell where shaken. There is nothing more certain in time and eternity than what Jesus Christ did on the Cross: He switched the whole of the human race back into a right relationship with God. He put the basis of human life on Redemption, i.e. He provided a way for every person to get into communion with God. Not only did Jesus provide a way for us to know and be with God for eternity, He also provided a rich sense of hope for us to cling to as we live each day. We know that where he is, we, one day, will be with him.
Jesus said.., "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6)
"And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it." (John 14:1314)
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