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WHEN AND WHERE TO PRAY Matthew 6:5-8
prayer distinguishes the children of God from the children of the world.
Prayer is communion with God who understands our humanity. Prayer is dedicating your time in communicating with our Father in heaven. Prayer is verbalizing our hearts’ desire to our Almighty God.
“Prayer is a cry of hope.” (French Proverb) “Prayer … is the recovery of the soul’s breathing.” (Gerald Heard: The Christian Century)
“Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figure of speech, but earnestness of the soul.” (Hannah More)
“Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God’s voice in response to mine is its most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine.” (Andrew Murray)
“Prayer is supplication or expression addressed to God or god.” (Merriam Webster Dictionary)
The greatest sin of the Church is prayerlessness. Some followers of the faith do not know how to pray. Prayer that has been sacramentalized into mere rite and ritual is not personal or direct communication to God. The greatest sin of the Church is prayerlessness. Some followers of the faith do not know how to pray. Prayer that has been sacramentalized into mere rite and ritual is not personal or direct communication to God.
“And, this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he heareth us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” (I John 5:14-15, King James Version)
WHEN WE SHOULD PRAY When you are experiencing prosperity. “Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie; to be laid in a balance they are altogether lighter than vanity. Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.” (Ps 62:9-10)
When you are experiencing adversity and distress Trouble, distress, hardship, hard times, disaster, death, and setbacks could be the Lord’s loving chastening in order to bring us back into His fold and to encourage and reassure us to follow on along the line of His will.
When Our Service Seems Fruitless and Barren Followers of the faith live fruitful existence. Reaching out to those who need our love, our concern, our guidance is but natural to Christians. Apostle John writes: “You did not choose me. I chose you and sent you out to produce fruit, the kind of fruit that will last. Then my Father will give you whatever you ask for in my name. So I command you to love each other.” (John 15:16-17, Contemporary English Version)
When Our Prayers Do Not Seem to Gain the Ear of God “Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. “I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: “But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. “Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.” (Ps 66:16-20, King James Version) God answers prayers. God knows our every need. He hears our cry.
When we Find Ourselves Getting Critical And Careless “My friends, be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble. You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested. But you must learn to endure everything, so that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything.
When we Find Ourselves Getting Critical And Careless “If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you. God is generous and won’t correct you for asking. But when you ask for something, you must have faith and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like an ocean wave tossed around in a storm. If you are that kind of person, you can’t make up your mind, and you surely can’t be trusted. So don’t expect the Lord to give you anything at all.” (James 1:2-8. Contemporary English version)
“When you pray, don’t be like those show- offs who love to stand up and pray in the meeting places and on the street corners. They do this just to look good. I can assure you that they already have their reward. “When you pray, go into a room alone and close the door. Pray to your Father in private. He knows what is done in private, and he will reward you. “When you pray, don’t talk on and on as people do who don’t know God. They think God likes to hear long prayers. Don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask.” (Matt 6:5-8, Contemporary English Version)