Nothing is more important than prayer. Prayer is your spiritual oxygen that keeps you alive. Christians who do not pray are like dead sinners, depriving themselves from the love and protection of God to guide and help them when as they face the challenges in life.
Prayer is simply a dialog between 'you' and your heavenly Father. Through Jesus' death on the cross, He made it possible for us to enter the presence of God. How fortunate are we to run to the throne of God? Even if you just want to say: '
'Heavenly Father, I just want to say I love You, and thank you for being a Father to me, in Jesus name, Amen''
Many do not realize that not praying is a sin. The word declares in 1 Samuel 12:23:
''As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray ...''
The only way to be restored is to confess your sin of not making time to pray as you would with any other sin. Why not get down on your knees and pray?
WHEN WE PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS
The moment we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, we connect with Father God. And the moment we pray to Father God, we connect to Life, as He is Life, and the Creator of life, (Elohim) When we pray we involve God in our life.
Jesus came not only to save us from the enemy Satan (whose purpose is to kill, steal and destroy), but to introduce us to a loving Heavenly Father. He came and showed us what relationship and fellowship is all about. He came to introduce us into a warm relationship with God the Father through Him. Jesus is our example. Let's follow His teachings and His way of doing and being.
The fear of the Lord will cause us to fall on our knees in order to submit and humble ourselves before the Lord. (The regenerated heart will cause us to fall on our knees before God)
The effect of prayer
We come under the anointing of the Holy Spirit when we pray. We touch our Father when we pray. We are changed when we pray. Lives are saved when we pray. Lives are restored when we pray. Miracles happens when we pray. People are healed when we pray. Evil bow it's knee when we pray. Demons flee when we pray. The enemy is defeated when we pray. The Holy Spirit moves when we pray. The lost are saved when we pray. People are filled with the Spirit when we pray. Angels move on God's command when we pray. The Holy Spirit teaches and guides us when we pray. The Holy Spirit infuses us with power when we pray. The Word is in our heart and on our lips as we pray the Word. Our lives are directed when we pray. The Father is glorified and exalted when we pray. People are exhorted and fed spiritually when we pray. The Holy Spirit fills us with new strength when we pray. We can endure hardships when we pray. We exalt the name of our Lord when we pray. We overcome temptations of the flesh when we pray. Revival and the outpouring of the Spirit happens when we pray. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are protected when we pray etc. Nothing is as important as prayer. Real and intimate relationship with God and revival starts with a heartfelt prayer. PRAYER is the result of a COVENANT with the Living God. (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob)
Through the Blood of Christ
"But as it now is, He [Christ] has acquired a [priestly] ministry which is as much superior and MORE EXCLLENT [than the old] as the COVENANT (the agreement) of which He is the Mediator (the Arbiter, Agent) is superior and more excellent, [because] it is enacted and rests upon more important (sublimer, higher, and nobler) promises." Hebrews 8:6 Amplified
PRAYER IS NOT PRAYER WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIIRIT OF GOD
Without the anointing and Spirit filled prayer the Church, the Body of Christ will get rusty and come to a halt.
True prayer is not a mental exercise nor a vocal performance. Your spiritual dimension (1 Thessalonians 5:23, James 2:26) gives you the capacity to connect with God.The function of the Holy Spirit is to teach us how to pray. He will lead and guide us in prayer. Spirit connects with sprit.Therefore Jesus' instruction to be born in Spirit John 3:3)
Note: Being a human we are created above the animal world. Animals do not have a spirit (only a soul and body) therefore they do not have the capacity to connect with God. (Animals were not created in God's image - only man Genesis 1:26)
“Prayer is like a missile that can be fired at any spot on earth, It travels undetected at the speed of thought and it hit its target every time. Don’t just stand there; PRAY!" Ronald Dunn
WE INVOLVE GOD THROUGH PRAYER
“Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. 14th verse: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”-Isa_58:9
IT must never be forgotten that Almighty God rules this world. He is not an absentee God. His band is ever on the throttle of human affairs. He is everywhere present in the concerns of time. “His eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of men.” He rules the world just as He rules the Church by prayer. This lesson needs to be emphasized, iterated and reiterated in the ears of men of modern times and brought to bear with cumulative force on the consciences of this generation whose eyes have no vision for the eternal things, whose ears are deaf toward God.
Nothing is more important to God than prayer in dealing with mankind. But it is likewise all-important to man to pray. Failure to pray is failure along the whole line of life. It is failure of duty, service, and spiritual progress. God must help man by prayer. He who does not pray, therefore, robs himself of God’s help and places God where He cannot help man. Man must pray to God if love for God is to exist. Faith and hope, and patience and all the strong, beautiful, vital forces of piety are withered and dead in a prayerless life. The life of the individual believer, his personal salvation, and personal Christian graces have their being, bloom and fruitage in prayer. - E.M Bounds
PRAYER IS BIRTHED THROUGH IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS
By faith we have received imputed righteousness or justification through the Blood of Christ when we received Him as our Savior and Lord.
We do this through placing our faith in Him. (Abraham was declared righteous 400 yrs before the law because of his faith. James 2:23 "And [so] the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed in (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on) God, and this was accounted to him as righteousness (as conformity to God's will in thought and deed), and he was called God's friend." [Gen. 15:6; II Chron. 20:7; Isa. 41:8.]
To be righteous, means to be in right-standing with God. To be at peace and to be right with God. This standing can only be accomplished through faith. We receive this through Jesus' finished works on the cross of Calvary. And because this... of what Jesus had done on Calvary, we can enter the throne of God, with boldness in Jesus' Name. (Hebrews 4:16) The Holy Spirit causes us to cry out Abba Father (Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit - our prayers are dead)
WHEN WE PRAY
1.We have the privilege to go directly to God the Father, -
2.In the Name of Jesus Christ,
3.Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit
(The Holy Spirit is Immanuel, God with us, and IN us.He will lead and teach us in prayer. He knows the MIND, the will of God. See John 16:13,1 John 2:27, 1 Cor 2:14)
*Not even angels have the privilege to come to God the Father, entering His throne in the NAME of Jesus.
It's the NAME given above all names. The only name by which man-kind can be saved.
Phil 2:9,10, Acts 4:12, 1 Tim 2:5
THE LORD'S PRYER
(An Outline Prayer to build on)
Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy Name
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and glory. For ever,
Model Prayer - This is how Jesus taught us to pray. (Matt 6:9-13)
IS GOD YOUR FATHER? HAVE YOU MADE PEACE WITH HIM?
PEACE WITH GOD
If you have not made peace with God, pray this prayer 1st before moving on to the other prayers -
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for demonstrating your great love for me through Your Son Jesus who died in my place even while I yet to know Him. I know that I have sinned against you and deserve punishment. But I thank Your for Your Son Jesus Christ who took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven and washed clean with His precious blood.
For I confess now with my lips, that Jesus is Lord, and I believe with all my heart that You Father God have raised Him from death. He is the risen Christ and my Lord. I place now my trust in You for my salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness through Your Son and the precious gift of eternal life.
Thank You Heavenly Father for being now my Abba Father (my Papa), Thank you Jesus for being now my Savior, Lord and King. Thank you for filling me right now with you Holy Spirit. Thank You Holy Spirit for being my guide, for teaching in the Word and for directing my life from this day forward.
Thank you that I can recognize my true value (as a child of God) in You, and in the light of Your love for me. Thank you for being now my hope. Thank You for strengthening, and helping me to forgive those who have wronged or forsaken and hurt me. I forgive them now in Jesus' Name. Thank you that I can now be called the righteousness of God IN Christ.
May your name Father God be glorified in heaven and on earth, in Jesus Name, Amen
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Let's Pray and connect with God
What to follow is some practical examples to connect with the Living God.
Just search the applicable heading regarding your specific circumstances or needs and pray... ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in prayer, this is His function. He is Immanuel God with you and in you.He will teach you as how to pray.
You may start to ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you in the following way. Thank you Abba Father that I may enter your presence in Jesus Name. Precious Holy spirit, I ask You to lead, and teach me as I read the Word and pray. Thank you for being my teacher, my friend and my helper in Jesus Name, Amen.