Tuesday, July 5, 2011










Prayer


Luke 18:9-15 Very first prayer God hears..

9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.

What is Prayer ~ Simply talking to God. ~

Prayer had an important place in the life and the teachings of Jesus. He was a man of prayer, praying frequently in private and in public, and occasionally spending whole nights in communion with His heavenly Father. He often spoke to His disciples on the subject of prayer, urging perseverance, faith and large expectation, and He gave them a model of devotion in the Lord’s prayer.   We find it in Matthew 6:5-15

5 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.

Prayer Has a big effect on your life, when you are praying and seeking to be close to God, it shows in all you do. Prayer keeps us in sweet communion with our heavenly Father, by reading our Bible and praying we stay close to the lord, if you stay in constant prayer and reading his holy word, you will not stray far, I have never heard any one falling away from God when they are in much prayer and study.

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8 comments:

Amy Kinser said...

I truly believe in the power of prayer and the wonderful fellowship that comes with talking to God.

Thank you for sharing your heart today.

Theresa said...

You are a blessing to me! I can't imagine life without PRAYER! It is what gets me thru ALL days:) Hugs to you dear Barbara!

Theresa said...

I was just talking to my young daughter about being humble and thought about the first verse you shared. "Lord be merciful to me a sinner"!

Sharon said...

Thank you for this wonderful post.
Prayers gets me through my days.
have a nice day.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great thoughts on prayer, Barbara... Thanks for your thoughts...

God Bless.
Hugs,
Betsy

Laurie said...

I don't know what I would do if I couldn't pray. I am sorry to say that it took me years to realize just how sweet that time in prayer everyday is. So thankful we can pray to an almighty, all knowing God. He never slumbers or sleeps. A big HUG to you, Mrs. Barbara! You are always a blessing!

Barbara said...

Thank you ladies for your comments, I am going to be teaching the teen girls at our church; and I am going to teach them on praying, that we need to go to God first with all our wants and needs, I think it will be good and benfit them greatly in later years even.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

You're so right...prayer is simply talking to God.