How do I pray?
We, at World Prayr, pray that just as you believe that God used His mighty POWER “In the Beginning…”; you also BELIEVE that by GRACE He used His mighty POWER to, forever, wash away our sins, when Jesus on the cross said, “IT IS FINISHED”. Be blessed by this powerful book, “Walking in God’s Grace….Practical Answers to Tough Questions”
Enjoy this excerpt from Walking in God’s Grace…
Many times when someone asks “How should I pray” somebody will direct them to Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 where He said, “You should pray like this: …” While He did give this as an example, implying that this is the only way to pray gives a very narrow focus and pulls a passage out of scripture and away from the whole Bible. When this happens we end up with a disconnected, disjointed view of not only that passage but all of God’s Word. Along with an answer that is incorrect.
Jesus’ prayer is merely an outline of how we are to approach God and contains some of the main things we should pray about. There are many examples of Christ praying in various ways. In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus points to the difference between a sinner’s prayer and the prayer of a Pharisee. He says that the sinner’s prayer will be heard.
Both prayer and grace are gifts from God and because of Jesus, we are able to appear before God in prayer and not by something we have been able to muster on our own. Prayer is a free gift given to believers. We should come to God in prayer with a heart of gratitude and humility, recognizing that He indeed is God and we are not. And yet, even here none of us are perfect.
We all continue to seek our own interests and try to impress God with our most recent performances as we say, “Hey God, did you see what I did there?” while God replies “Yep, sorry the reason you did that was to impress me, gain my favor, and keep my favor. It’s not necessary because you missed the point. It isn’t about me noticing you, but you remembering I’m God, Creator and Giver. I really don’t need or require or desire anything from you.”
We also will have times that we question, scream, holler, and exclaim, “What are You doing?” Never be afraid to admit your feelings to God, even anger and frustration. When we look at the Old Testament we see the prophets expressing their anger to God, Jonah 4:1-5, their desire to die and be left alone, 1 Kings 19:1-10, and their questioning of God, Job 10:1-7. Even Christ questioned and cried out to God in agony, Luke 22:41-46.
The next requirement in prayer is honesty! Remember God is all-knowing so we might as well name it and claim it! Let Him know the raw honesty which comes when life has hit you upside the head with a two by four and left you feeling dazed and confused. Many people are closet complainers, hidden rationalizers as they reason in their minds that it is okay to not be human and not acknowledge those raw feelings. So they hide in closets, as a manner of speech, trying to repress or keep down what is humanly impossible to grasp…
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