prayer

Blog for Podcast #53 (The way to Pray)


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Discussion

For decade I have prayed unto God in the wrong manner. Why? Because I did never knew the correct way to do so. Now I know the Lord’s Prayer. I have said that Prayer for decades as well. However, it is different than truly praying correctly to our Creator through His Son Jesus Christ our Savior. Yet, it is exactly the same.

1 John 5:13-14 – I write this to you who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) the name of the Son of God [in the peculiar services and blessings conferred by Him on men], so that you may know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that you [already] have life, yes, eternal life. 14 And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. (Amplified classic)

One of the main keys is these two verses is asking for anything that is according to God’s will. God’s will is something that is fully beyond the knowledge of the average person. Nevertheless, we are given clues in other verses. One of the main of these is that we as Christians are to seek after the eternal and not the temporal. This theme is played out time and again in multiple verses.

John 5:24 – “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.

Galatians 6:7-8 – Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

These are only two examples. So, this shows the will of God, because it shows that He loves humanity, all of humanity. Because God wishes to have a relationship with all within the human race. The only problem is that most in humanity wish to be their own gods. Living their lives as they see fit to do so. As is witnessed in the verses from Galatians that were just used.

When praying. We should not seek things of the world, but those things that will glorify God and His Son our Savior Jesus Christ. We should pursue those things that give glory to God’s plan. We should seek after knowledge on what to say and how to show the truth of what is within the Bible. Not after wealth and possessions.

Now we have to understand. Seeking a job is not seeking after wealth. So, asking for a job is not the same as seeking after riches. For in today’s day and age we are not all farmers. To receive our daily bread requires money. However, if this job gives us wealth beyond our daily bread and simply comforts. What is extra does not belong to us, but to God.

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 – Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. 13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. 15 Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!

Now we have to remember an important thing. This is seen in the sermon on the mount. For it is here that Jesus Christ explains how we should pray unto our Father the Creator of the universe.

Matthew 6:5-15 – And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

This is the formula given to us by the Son of God. So, this is how we should say all our prayers. Not beyond this. Which is why I said earlier when I first mentioned the Lord’s Prayer. That it was different and yet exactly the same. That is why we need to remember this is not just a template, but it is a pattern that should not be expanding beyond. Yet most of the times in today’s world most do that take the time to pray. I know this without any doubt. For I myself have prayed beyond this.

So let us examine this formula.

First, we are told to pray in secret and not to make a show of it. An example of this can be seen when people insist on praying in restaurants before a meal. They have gotten their reward at that very moment.

Second, we are told not to pray in “vain repetitions.” An example of this repetition is seen when you are within the confessional of those churches. Where a person confesses their sins to a person instead unto God through Jesus Christ and repent of their sins. We then are to strive to end sin within their lives permanently as an alternative to continually living in hypocrisy. As we look further into the word that makes the words “vain repetitions.” In the breakdown of the word in the TDNT we come to this meaning: “to speak futilities.”

Futilities the plural of futility – the fact of having no effect or of achieving nothing per Cambridge Dictionary.

What this boils down to is asking for things of the world. Also doing it constantly and repeatedly. And for things that give the person temporal pleasures, that are fleeting.

Now let us examine the Lord’s prayer.

“Our Father who is in heaven, Holy is Your name.” For God is the Father of all humanity. If they wish to accept it or not. We should always begin our prayers acknowledging our Creator and giving Him what He is due. Our devotion and respect. For He is Holy.

“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Next in we are to ask for the return of Jesus Christ. So that the thousand-year reign of Christ will begin. Where His will, will be done on earth as it is in heaven. This will then lead to the eternal reign of God in New Jerusalem. (Revelation 21:1-8) In the new universe promised by God. (Isaiah 65:17, 2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1)

“Give us this day our daily bread.” Here Jesus shows we are asking God to provide for our food and comfort. For it is He that provides us everything we are given.

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Or as listed in Luke 11:4 – “And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.” This one took some research because this verse is also known as: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us.” I went through the multiple pages on the topic of “sin” in the TDNT.

When getting into the legal and theological aspect of the word “sin” we come to the word “Transgress.”

Transgress – to break a law or moral rule.

To transgress is akin to trespass.  So, in 1526 when Willian Tyndale released his version of the New Testament. This is the first time the word “trespass” was used and has been adopted primarily by the Catholic Church.

“Debts” is the KJV translation. What it boils down to is sin not actually debts. People have confused the true means of the wording for centuries. In actuality the best translation is “trespass.” For we have trespassed against God by not being loyal to what we are told to do within the Bible. For people do not take the wording of verse fourteen into account, which corresponds with the wording of “trespass.”

“And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” Here we are shown we must continually request guidance from our Lord. To in a sense give us road signs that will point us away from those sins that temp us away from God and His ultimate goal for us, which is eternal life. However if we falter, we also ask that He would deliver us form those sins which are evil itself.

Therefore, before we move to the conclusion of the prayer. Let us review how we should pray. Pray in secret. Do not pray repeatedly for the things of the world over and over again, for personal pleasures and desires. When praying give full honor to God showing that He is the focal point of our existence. That it is our wish that God has full dominion over all once again. Understand where our daily food and comforts come from and ask for His indulgence in providing it. Ask God to forgive us for our sins and then willingly forgive those that have sinned against us. As God has done for us through His Son our Lord Jesus Christ. Then ask the Lord to lead us away from the temptation of sin. However, if we fail, and falter into sin. We ask the Lord our God to deliver us from the evils of sin.

“For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” We should end our prayers once again acknowledging that God is Sovereign over all existence, and from Him flows all the energies and prerogatives. So, He deserves all the glory. So what does “glory” truly mean.

praise and thanks, especially as given to God per Cambridge dictionary.

Therefore, as you can see. When you truly look into how we pray, we must always make God the true center of not only our heavenly focal point, but as well our earthly focal point. God must be the center of our universe. And all our wants and desires must fit His plans and not our plans and desires. That is the true meaning of how praying should be pursued in all its forms. Not just the Lord’s Prayer as it is called, but all of them. The Lord’s Prayer is just the pattern we must use, that keeps God at the center and not us.

God Bless

God is not a genie


God is not our personal wish granter. Do not ask Him to help you win the lottery or to get you out of a financial bid you got yourself into. Do not ask Him to give you fame for He is not an agent.
Each person is responsible for their own actions and behavior. How they succeed in life or do not is their own responsibility. Why do I say this? It is called free will.
Jesus gave us a pray to say to God. Nowhere in it does it say make me a rock star or make me rich.
We are the servant to God FIRST, we are servants to all other SECOND, then just then we can think about ourselves. If God wishes us to receive rewards here in this temporal plain of existence then He will give it to us, but remember this the more we get here in this life, the less there will be for us in the eternal life.
100 years of riches to 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 of riches, which is the greater number?

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: the counter attack


So Monday, in black and white, I fell to my knees, sick of my weakness within sin. I was led to a prayer that I included within the post. It posted at 8:30 am. At nearly 1:30pm, almost 5 hours later. I was hit with a spiritual broadside. The world attacked me and through me, my family.
My home live which has already been going through a struggle due issue within the extended family that have been a part of my life for the last two years when God brought me and my wife together; was thrown into total turmoil.
The details are not for public view or discussion.
All I know for an absolute fact is what has been laid at my feet is untrue. However, it is still hurtful and staggering that someone would turn to such deplorable methods to damage my family which had finally gotten to a point of unity as our mixed family had begun to accept each other’s quirks and emotional demeanor.
Once again I been turn in prayer to my God.
Lord, help me and my family through this time of distress. Help all become comforted by Your love and glory. Let the truth come to light and allow the facts to show those that have spoken lies against one of Your servants have in turn cause You to look upon them in displeasure. That this attack will be answered by You in Your way and in Your time. Help them to see the light of Your glory and Your love as I have tried to show and share that with my family and those that read these articles.
I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ my Savior. Amen

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: the struggle


There are times when I am weak and I hate it. I strive to do what is right yet I still do wrong. I hate it. I truly hate it.
I have failed God, I have failed Jesus and I have failed myself.
At the same time Satan is joyous and celebrating.
Yet still I go on. I pray and plead for forgiveness. Yet I still go on.
Each day I waken here within this temporal plain I know my task is not yet completed.
I have not finished God’s design within my life.
What is it you wish me to do dear Lord?
What have I not done?
Who has not heard the message you have given to me to share?
Is this why I am still hear?
The prayer:
I wish to kneel at Your feet and give all praise and glory unto You for only You are worthy of any and all acclaim.
Please Lord God guide me toward Your goal You have set for me within my life.
Please allow me to reach the pinnacle of my service unto You.
For you have created all there is and those here upon this small speck of sand within this vast universe take it and You for granted.
As I myself do time to time and I ask you to forgive me for doing so.
This nation is in dire straits and it is all due to those that live within it taking it and You for granted and turning their backs upon the blessing You have given this nation since its foundation two hundred and forty years ago.
It this time of our great trial yet give us the knowledge and the strength to do what is right now.
For the chance to truly do what was Your ideal is past beyond our control.
Guide those that call You Lord be they right with You or not to do what will give all glory unto You. No matter the cost that will be required to do so.
I ask all this in the name of your Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Judgment and a prayer


I have been going through the book of Daniel the last couple of weeks. Reading it studying it and reading commentaries. As I entered into the ninth chapter this morning I feel as Daniel did when he read the prophecy of the 70 years enslavement of the Israelites given by Jeremiah. Only I am reading Daniel.
In Daniels prophecies he was given an image of what turned out to be Antiochus Epiphanes, the first “little horn.” As study what this man did to the Jews and how he defiled the temple I came into understand of what is happening with this nation I live within, the United States. I know without a doubt that this was the second nation created under the blessing of God. I do not cater to those that say this is not true. There is too much evidence that states otherwise. Too much documentation, and the mere fact that the basis for our government was a slightly changed version of that used to govern the colony of Pennsylvania, which was written by the Quaker William Penn.
This is a Christian nation, yet now too many have turned from God. Too many say they are His, but in reality they are not. I have wondered why God allowed this nation to place under two terms of the obviously most anti-Christian and anti-Israeli president ever encountered in this nation and I suddenly realized through reading the book of Daniel that He was placed in power to usher this nation into a time of God’s judgment against those that call themselves Christian and Jew alike within this nation.
In many ways this man is reflecting the image of Antiochus Epiphanes. So he is the “little horn” of the “little horn” who is an image of the true “little horn” to come. His purpose is to punish this nations for turning its back upon God. Will others follow in his footsteps? That is the important question.
What can change this for the betterment of Christianity and this nation as a whole? The answer is simple. It is the answer that Daniel came to. It is the answer that Jesus gave us.
1) We are to pray for forgiveness for our sins against God by turning our backs upon His will and His teachings.
2) We are not just sit and pray but are to take action as well (James 2:14-19).
a) Turn form those that support sin
b) Become active in church and prayer
c) Vote for those that support God and against any that oppose God
d) Change laws that go against God and obey ALL laws that fall within the dictates of the Bible

Below is a modified version of the pray Daniel offered to God in Chapter nine of the book in his name:

“O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands. But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against you and scorned your commands and regulations. We have refused to listen to your servants those that truly profess your Word and teaches, who spoke on your authority to our government officials and ancestors and to all the people of the land.
“Lord, you are in the right; but as you see, our faces are covered with shame. This is true of all of us, including the people of all the states and major cities and the entire nation, those scattered near and far, wherever you have placed us because of our disloyalty to you. O Lord, we and our government officials, and ancestors are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. We have not obeyed the Lord our God, for we have not followed the instructions he gave us through his servants those that truly profess your Word and teaches. All this nation the Untied States has disobeyed your instruction and turned away, refusing to listen to your voice.
“So now the solemn curses and judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured down on us because of our sin. You have kept your word and done to us and our leaders exactly as you warned. Never has there been such a disaster that as happened in this nation. Every curse written against us in the Law of Moses has come true. Yet we have refused to seek mercy from the Lord our God by turning from our sins and recognizing his truth. Therefore, the Lord has brought upon us the disaster he prepared. The Lord our God was right to do all of these things, for we did not obey him.
“O Lord our God, you brought lasting honor to your name by rescuing your people from sin through giving unto us your one and only Son as a Sacrifice upon the cross. But we have sinned and are full of wickedness. In view of all your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn your furious anger away from your this nation. All the neighboring nations mock the United States and your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors.
“O our God, hear your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead. For your own sake, Lord, smile again on your desolate nation that was only second to Israel.
“O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy.
“O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and this nation.”

The empty pew


The pews are empty more and more. Sin rises. Corruption is now called good.
How can this be?
For those that can change this sit silent, raising up prayers asking God to show His glory.
They comment to themselves yet make no effort to stop it out of fear of offending those that offend God.
Would you let a bully continue to berate your child? Would you stand by and let someone murder or rape your daughter or wife?
Yet it is this same type of mentality that exist unchallenged against your church, and your God.
He left us in control of our fates and in so the fate of His church. For the church is of God and those within are the Body of Christ on earth.
If you sit and do nothing you think God is nothing and humans are more powerful than the God the creator of humans.