Prayer For A Deeper Knowledge Of God
Know God (or steps towards knowledge of God)
This column first of all is intended for those people, who have already asked themselves a question: “What do I live for?”. It may seems to be a very simple question, though you`ll not find an answer to it in any study book. Perhaps you may say: “I do not ask myself such a question”.
Right, many people live their life and do not even ponder over it. But definitely, everyone is looking for happiness and they even devise and invent it. Everybody wants to be happy. We live in a special time.
Today we may find answers to the questions, which humanity sought for many centuries and even millenniums.
Our amazing planet
Let’s ponder over it. We live on the planet Earth. It is amazing planet, you can find here everything necessary for human life support.
“ The earth brining forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind” (Genesis 1:12).
We know that nothing and no one can live without water – so there is a lot of water on earth to provide life to everything. There is a lot of living creatures in the water that is good for food. The Earth is full of variety of living souls.
These are animals, cattle, reptiles and insects, – everything is intended for life sustenance. There is a great number of birds in the sky. Earth`s deep interiors are full of all sorts of fossils so that man could create and build. Could it all be arranged so wisely, harmoniously and simply just by itself?
Diverse and unique world
Today television allows us to see variety of earth, seas, rivers and even the depth of the oceans. We see how beautiful our earth is and how unique every corner thereof. Rivers always flow by the given routs, seas and oceans are not flow its depths. Every day morning comes, sun rises to walk its way.
Every night we see the vault of heaven, spattered with stars and the moon performs its way. Trees puts its clothes on in spring time and during autumn they put it off. Spring comes after the winter, then summer comes after the spring, then autumn supersedes and then winter takes it turn again. Each season is unique in a special way and it never changes.
And no matter how smart we are, no efforts can change preset pace of life. Just ponder over it?
Our body is designed incredibly difficult
In first two steps we have discussed what a perfect and amazing world we live in. Nevertheless the same amazing and perfect world is inside of us. All organs are located at very convenient for communication scheme. Blood circulatory system arranged so that life blood could reach each cell of the body.
Protection system functions for the whole organism. We can see, hear, think, understand, breath, move and even talk, no other living creature on Earth can do it as well. People trying to find explanation to origin of Earth and every living things on it.
They create various theories, philosophize on the mater, trying to explain unexplainable.
Accident or Creator?
All theories and philosophies offered to us in study books in schools and universities are trying to persuade us that the Earth and all creatures on it came into existence without an INTELLECT. But let us consider simple example.
To build a house someone needs to make the plan thereof, to draw it, to think what material it should be built of, to estimate how much material and other means is necessary etc. So intellect is essential to consider and to determine it all.
How come we are looking at the world we live in where everything is well-considered to the smallest detail, where everything is so perfectly arranged we still believe those silly theories which says that everything appeared just by itself or by chance?
The theory of evolution does not work
People naively believe that the man – the most perfect creation on Earth is descended from monkey. Nevertheless during all time this theory exists it never happened that monkey gave birth to a man, or some monkey would turn into man.
If we pay attention to the world around us we could see that each seed produces only by its kind. The same way each living creature give birth by its kind. Apples can not grow on the vine and raspberries will never grow grapes. Field flowers will never become roses.
The life is included in the seed and the seed produces only by its kind and nature.
Who controls all this?
Thank you for your patience while walking these five steps with us. Let us think now: if intellect is required to build a house, then moreover intellect is required for the Earth (and everything on it) to come into existence. To live in the house for a long while it is necessary for someone to watch over that house, to do renovation, to replace something etc.
To sustain the life on the Earth water and the air are the most necessary and the most consumable. If no one would take care of it constant cleansing those would soon become useless. Intellect is also required for it. The Earth does not exists just by itself. It exists in the Universe where everything is interconnected.
Again we come to the conclusion that someone should manage it all.
God created us and wants to communicate with his creation
If up to this time you have ponder with us then you have probably come to the conclusion that for the Earth to come into existence and to exist with all living creatures on it, the Creator with Higher INTELLECT is required. Today He offers us an opportunity to meet Him.
Today the Creator has become available to anyone seeking the Truth. He longs to have fellowship with us, because He is God and He created us for fellowship with Him. His greatest wisdom in its simplicity, available and understandable to everyone. When He created man He also gave him a manual for living.
This manual is a Bible, the Book of books, where we can find all laws and rules of life.
The way to God begins with prayer. Click HERE, to pray with us.
A Deeper Knowledge of God
Editor’s note: If your life feels a hectic, noisy, runaway train, you’re in good company. Nicole Johnson (you may remember her from Women of Faith) shares her story of going from feeling overwhelmed and control to finding calm even in the middle of chaotic circumstances. We hope you enjoy this excerpt from her book Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy.
Be still, and know that I am God. — Psalm 46:10
The psalmist here is quoting God. Not that this is a commandment; after all it didn’t make the top ten, but I would say this is a strong suggestion and muy importante.
My personal translation of this verse is: “I can be still and know that God is God, or I can stay busy and keep wondering if I am!” If I’m reading this psalm right, the path to knowing there is a God is being still enough to find out.
Because when I am running my world, making all the decisions and calling all the shots, I am at the center of my own universe. When I play God so often, I forget I’m not God.
I might even be serving God, but it is mostly in an advisory capacity.
There is an old joke worth sharing: “What is the difference between you and God?”
“I don’t know, what is the difference?”
“God never gets confused and thinks He’s you!”
Stillness provides me the opportunity to keep the “who is whom?” question answered correctly. It allows me to remove myself from the center of my own world, again. I confess to taking up a role I cannot play.
I humbly bow before the greatness of God. These deep reminders always make me weep with relief and gratitude. I do want to be God, but I do not want to be God.I know too well that trying to be God, even subconsciously, creates crazy inside and out.
Peter Kreeft’s commentary on Pascal says as much: “We want to complexify our lives. We don’t have to, we want to. We want to be harried and hassled and busy.
Unconsciously, we want the very things we complain about.
For if we had leisure, we would look at ourselves and listen to our hearts and see the great gaping hole in our hearts and be terrified, because that hole is so big that nothing but God can fill it.”1
When I am busy playing God, I ignore God. I don’t ask any questions of God or about God. I don’t need to. I dig the hole a lot deeper and refuse to let him fill it. Or if I do ask a question, it’s not a real question, and I’m not listening for an answer.
When I’m doing the headless chicken thing I do, I bark questions that are not questions at all, such as, “Elliot, will you put your shoes on, please?” I’m not asking him a question; I’m making a request couched in a question. I don’t listen for his response because I’m not expecting one! I’m expecting his cooperation with my directive.
If he doesn’t put his shoes on, I huff, “You’re not listening to me, son!” When the truth is I’m not listening to him. This is why extremely capable, busy, modern people dismiss the concept of God. They never stop to listen. They might ask hard questions of God, but God is rarely, if ever, given the chance to answer.
Why did my father die when I was nine? Why does the world have to suffer so horribly? Isn’t it wrong that children are starving? While these look questions, they are not if people don’t listen for an answer. They are merely rhetorical questions they think they know the answer to: Either God is not there or God does not care about me or the world.
Instead of making assumptions about God, it would be more accurate to note that we are not listening or giving God an opportunity to speak to our questions. In order to do that, we would have to stop and be still and face the great gaping hole.We can come to know more about God than we have ever dared to believe if we gave God the opportunity to respond to us.
This would deepen our knowledge and our faith, but to do this we must be still. I can see this dynamic played out in my relationship with my kids.
When I ask Abigail or Elliot to be still, they react as if I’ve asked them to scale the Great Wall of China using a plunger! But unless they can be still, especially when they need or want something, I cannot help very effectively. If Abigail is waving her glass in the air, I cannot fill it with water. Hold it still, please.
If Elliot is hopping around, I cannot put a Band-Aid on his scraped knee. I know it hurts, sweetie, but hold it still for just a second. If I didn’t see her fall and Abigail cannot stop crying to tell me what hurts, I feel helpless to make it better. Take a deep breath, honey, take a minute and then tell me where it hurts.
I’m not asking the kids to be still for the rest of their lives, or mine, just long enough to allow me to pour the water, or care for the wound, or figure out how to help. Their stillness gives me the best chance to reveal my heart to them.
Isn’t the implication the same for me with God? If I can’t be still either, I am left longing, or wounded, angry, or worse, stuck in doubt that God exists. If I can’t be still, I miss out on the very ways God wants to demonstrate his own character to me.
“Be still and know” is simultaneously a challenge, an invitation, a promise, and even a dare.
Not only has getting still deepened my knowledge of myself and of God, it has created a center of calm in my life.
1 Kreeft, Christianity for Modern Pagans, 168.
Excerpted with permission from Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy by Nicole Johnson, copyright Nicole Johnson.
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10 Awesome Bible Verses About the Power of Prayer
Who is your source of power? This list of awesome power of prayer Bible verses is meant to encourage you today. I pray that you read through these Bible verses and then take them to God in prayer.
Ask God for the wisdom and discernment to teach you how He wants you to pray and for what He wants you to pray for.
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Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it
Pray in Faith
This list of awesome power of prayer Bible verses is meant to encourage you today.
Mark 9:29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.
James 5:14-16 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another,that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Always & With Thanksgiving
Ephesians 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Christian Quotes About Prayer
Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan. ~ John Bunyan
The fewer the words the better prayer. ~ Martin Luther
Prayer is an effort of will. ~ Oswald Chambers
Our prayer and God’s mercy are two buckets in a well; while one ascends, the other descends. ~ Arthur Hopkins
If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for. ~ Charles H. SpurgeonIt is because of the hasty and superficial conversation with God that the sense of sin is so weak and that no motives have power to help you to hate and flee from sin as you should. ~ A.W. Tozer
Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. Gods voice in response to mine is its most essential part. ~ Andrew Murray
Don’t pray when you feel it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees. ~ Corrie Ten Boom
Prayer is the acid test of devotion. ~ Samuel Chadwick
Prayer – secret, fervent, believing prayer – lies at the root of all personal godliness. ~ Williams Carey
My prayer for you today is that you take these Bible verses you just read and do something with them. Too often we just take information in and then move on to the next project or thing. Use these awesome Bible Verses and put them into action by being obedient to what they teach!
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3 Prayers to Deepen Your Understanding of the Gospel
Ephesians 1:3-14 mentions glorious gospel truths in a way that sometimes feels too good to be true—at least for me. The passage opens by praising the Triune God for every spiritual blessing we have in Christ (v3) before unpacking some of these glorious blessings.
God the Father chose me to be adopted into His family? And He did this before time began?!? He lavished His love upon me by sending His Son to die for me to redeem me from my sins and become the bridge over the chasm of sin that separated man from God? And God sends the Holy Spirit as the down payment of a glorious inheritance that awaits those “in Christ” in heaven?
Contemplating these gospel truths often leaves me speechless, or grasping for the words of the Psalmist, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it” (Psalm 139:6).
How can we respond to truths that are too glorious and too gracious for us to comprehend with our finite, sin-tainted minds? How can we transport these lofty ideas from our heads and plant deep in our hearts to stir our affections and move us to Christ-adorning action? There are two ways.
We praise God. He has revealed the mystery of His will to us in uniting all things under the Lordship and dominion of Christ.
Instead of trying to wrap our mind around all of the details and questions we still have, let us lift our hearts up to God in heartfelt worship—this is the purpose of the glorious truths of Ephesians 1:3-14, that we might live “to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14).We also pray. And that is exactly what Paul does in the second half of Ephesians 1.
Very rarely in Scripture does God give us a prayer of application for a specific passage, and that is exactly how Ephesians 1:15-23 functions for the opening portion of Ephesians (1:3-14).
It’s important that we take note of the Spirit-inspired prayers of the Scriptures so our prayers can be shaped by Scripture and God’s priorities, not our own.
So what do we pray for a deeper understanding of the gospel? Paul prays in verse 18 and following that we would have a spirit of wisdom and revelation to know three things:
1. Pray for a deeper knowledge of the hope we have in Christ
“…that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you…” Ephesians 1:18a
Knowing that we have every spiritual blessing in Christ both now and for all of eternity should well up in an unspeakable hope in our hearts. That’s why Paul prays for us to know this hope. This hope allows us to rejoice in our sufferings and persevere during hardship (Romans 5:2-5).
The idea of hope is not just a pipe-dream, “I hope I will win the lottery.” This hope is an eager expectation of something guaranteed. Pray for a hope in Christ that will so fix your eyes on heavenly things that earthly troubles only increase your longing for your true home.
2. Pray for a deeper knowledge of God’s love for us in Christ
“…what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints…” Ephesians 1:18b
Many think the inheritance Paul refers to in verse 18 is our inheritance in God, but it clearly says “the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints”—God’s inheritance in us. What?! We, as God’s dearly beloved family, are His inheritance because are united to His dearly beloved Son by faith.
Just there is a strong relational bond (albeit imperfect due to sin) between a parent and child, there is a perfect and unbreakable relational bond between God and believers. The Father won’t let anyone or anything pluck His dearly beloved children from His hand (John 10:28).
God could have chosen anything in the entire universe to be His inheritance, His treasure—and He chooses human beings you and me. We are His bride, His glorious inheritance. How many of you want to experientially know more of God’s love for you? Then pray to know the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints.
3. Pray for a deeper knowledge of God’s power
“…what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places…” Ephesians 1:19-20
We Christians need to know we are not powerless. The same power that raised Christ from the dead and that rules above every earthly and heavenly authority not only lives in us, but is available to help us when you pray. God’s power is available to give us strength during weakness and do far more abundantly than we can ask or think in every area of our lives (Ephesians 3:20).
How would it change your life knowing and depending on the immeasurable greatness of God’s power toward us who believe? Pray to know it and you will find out.
As you incorporate these truths into your prayer repertoire and meditations, God will bolster your faith and deepen your experience of “the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” and so you will “be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).
Article adapted from a portion of a sermon I preached on Ephesians 1:3-14.
Christians Pray God Prayer Life , Sample of Term Papers
Introduction Prayer is a universal human experience. There is not a culture in the world that does not have some means of prayer, some way of communicating with the Divine. That is why I have chosen to examine prayer. Prayer is one of the “key beliefs” of Christians.
Prayer illuminates our relationship with God and allows us to express our love for Him, our faith and hope in Him. We have the opportunity to share our concerns, fears, needs and desires with the Almighty. The quality of our prayer life is directly related to the quality of our spiritual life and our knowledge of God.
If we understand the purpose of prayer and it’s components, we are able to strive towards enhancing our prayer life where it becomes rich and fulfilling. When we develop our prayer life, we develop a stronger and deeper relationship with God; our prayers become our point of power.
Definition of Prayer Pray is a means of communicating with God.
Aside from studying the Word of God, prayer is a method used to help us develop a relationship with God and also to know His will for our lives. Prayer is the privilege of speaking and listening to God.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary defines prayer as conversation with God; the intercourse of the soul with God, not in contemplation or meditation, but in direct address to him.
Prayer may be oral or mental, occasional or constant, ejaculatory; or formal.
It is a “beseeching the Lord” (Ex. 32: 11); “pouring out the soul before the Lord” (1 Sam. 1: 15); “praying and crying to heaven” (2 Chr. 32: 20); “seeking unto God and making supplication” (Job 8: 5); “drawing near to God” (Ps.
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73: 28); and “bowing the knees” (Eph. 3: 14)
Components of Prayer There are four components of prayer: worship or praise, confession, thanksgiving and supplication. Praise is an acknowledgement of God’s goodness, greatness, and loving kindness.
After Kin David assembled the building materials for the future temple, he declared, “Yours, O Lord, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory and the majesty; yours is the kingdom” (1 Chr 29: 11).
Kind David was praising God. He was acknowledging God’s goodness and greatness because even though he was building a temple to offer to God, he knew that only by God’s greatness is he able. According to Fee and Stuart (1993), “God deserves praise for his greatness and goodness in spite of and in the midst of our misery.
This life holds no certainty of freedom from distress” (p. 205)
Christians pray to confess their sins. Confession might be defined as telling God the truth about oneself. Confession is the process of bringing the darkness of ones faults to the light of God’s forgiveness. “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened” (Psalm 66: 18).
This means that one must not only confess one’s sins but one most also repent. When the Lord convicts us of sin, we need to own it, confess it, and then believe in God’s willingness to forgive us.
“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment” (Psalms 51).
This Psalm is David’s prayer to God after Nathan condemns him for killing Uriah the Hittite and then making Uriah’s wife his wife. The Bible tells Christians to give God thanks for everything.
It is very important to thank God when He has answered a prayer. In Deuteronomy 8: 17-18, Moses said, “Do not say to yourself, My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth. But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth.
” Moses was warning the Israelites not to forget God in Prosperity and that they should thank God for bringing them Egypt. Finally, Christians pray for supplication. There are two types of supplication: petition and intercession. Petition means to ask for our own needs.
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Jesus said, “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you” (Luke 11: 9).
Jesus was telling his disciples to persevere in prayer and God will give them what they ask. God invites us to ask Him to meet our needs and even our wants. Intercession is asking God for the needs of others.It is unselfish. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Tim. 2: 1, 2).
This verse tells us that God wants us to pray for others so that all may know God’s will. When we go to God in our prayers of petition or intercession, we have to be confidence in His perspective, His wisdom, His timing, and His Goodness.
“Your will be done.” We can expect the desired answer when we ask in the scope of God’s will. Prayer is not getting God to do our will; it is asking that God’s will be done in our lives.
How to Pray Christians learn to pray through Jesus Christ, who not only teaches us to pray, but also prayed himself. Jesus prayed regularly.
Jesus prayed before decisive moments, beginning with his baptism and as he faced his passion and death. He frequently prayed to give thanks.
His prayer was steady, thankful, and confident that God’s will was for his good. Jesus, Christians should pray at all times. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thes 5: 17).
Prayer should be steady and persevering
Also, true prayer should come from the heart. Praying with a clean heart is vital to successful prayer. In addition, we must have a believing heart if we expect God to answer our prayers. Jesus says, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (Matthew 21: 22), and “According to your faith will it be done to you” (Matthew 9: 29).
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However, we need to accept whatever God’s plan is for us. His answers are always right; His answers are always best.
As stated by Carey (1996), “God will always hear our-prayers of that we can be sure. But his response will not always be in accord with what we want or when we want it” (p. 367).
Also, Jesus prayed to God saying, “Nevertheless, not My will, but Thine, be done” (Luke 22: 42).According to Barth (1985), “When we do pray, we are to avoid a certain approach. We should not be hypocrites” (p.
We should be sincere and honest. Prayer is a dialogue between two who love each other-God and the individual. Therefore, we should communication with God in the same way we would with any other loved one. “We should not try to use terminology that is uncomfortable to us. We should speak in the language we find comfortable.
The language we use when in conversation with a much loved and trusted friend” (Foster, 1992).
God receives us just as we are and accepts our prayers just as they are. Why should we pray God is omniscient, He knows what we want before we ask, He gives good things before we request them. We do not pray to enlighten God. God’s purpose in prayer is not to make us sit up and beg. He wants us to know Him.
Prayer is His method to accomplish that. What changes through prayer is not the “mind” of God. What changes through prayer are we. “By recognizing the source of all of our blessings, our health, our success, our very existence, we bring ourselves to a higher spiritual level because we strengthen our relationship with Him” (Lustiger, 1987).
People often mistakenly believe that they should only pray for the “Big Things” health and life. They don’t want to bother God with small things.
God desires our prayers because He wants to bestow blessings upon us. In addition, God wants us to talk to Him about everything that is going on in our lives, even though He already knows everything.
“You will become a greater partaker of his love, faith, kindness, mercy, holiness and thoughts. You will see more and more answers to prayer; your prayer life will eventually touch all kinds of needs and circumstances all over the world.
You will find yourself in a constant state of change even though at times you feel you are not making any progress at all.
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You will realize more and more that this is perhaps the greatest work that you are doing on this earth, and there comes a sense of satisfaction of being involved in it. The number of blessings for those who pray is practically endless” (Barth, 1985).
In addition, relationship is dependent on communication. Our relationship with God, or anyone, will never grow and develop without communication. Prayer should not be used only as a way of getting what we want from God; a method of solving our problems or having our needs met. The main purpose and the power of prayer are in the relationship between God and man.
Conclusion Prayer is one of the most important beliefs of Christians. Prayer helps us to develop a relationship with God. Pray keeps us connected with God.Prayer is an intimate communication between an individual and God. There are four basic elements to prayer: worship, thanksgiving, confession and supplication.
When we pray in worship, we are praise God for being a loving, caring and great God.
We pray in thanksgiving to give thanks to God for all the blessings he has bestow on us. We pray to confess our sins to God and to ask for his forgiveness. Finally, we pray when we need or want something for ourselves or for others.
In addition, when we pray, we should follow Jesus’ example by praying at all times and praying for God’s will to be done. Also, we should have faith when we pray. We should also be comfortable and truthful in our communication with God.
The meaning and the concept of prayer have not changed. However, I don’t believe we, as Christians, pray as often as we should. Not many of us spend time in prayer. We believe in the power and importance of prayer but just don’t seem to do enough of it.
We don’t pray enough for several reasons. A few of the reasons are as follows: First, we don’t want anything. Too many of us lead satisfied, complacent lives. Other than an occasional problem or two, things go pretty well for us in our comfortable homes and churches.
We have money, houses and quite a few other material things. Why pray a lot when we got basically everything we want Second, we don’t care enough about others.We say “Good morning” and “Have a nice day” to people at work and at church, and we commiserate with our neighbor about the yard and the weather, but that’s about as far as it goes.
We don’t care enough about others to go beyond bland superficiality, so we don’t pray for them much.
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Third, we are too busy. Whether it is because of our jobs, the kids or our social life, must of us are too busy to take time to pray. Especially since we” have basically everything we want.” In addition, some of us don’t have time to attend Church on Sundays.
How could we neglect one of the most blessed things that God has given to us How is it possible for us as Christians to go for weeks, months and maybe even years without really taking the time for prayer I believe it is because the world system has distorted our thinking.
We are more concerned with our jobs, our families or friends and our activities-our own plans, than our spirituality and prayer. However, we need to keep God central in our life.
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Seven Reasons to Pray from Fr. Jacques Philippe
February 13, 2017
Whether you are thinking about committing to daily prayer for the first time, or you have been praying for years and your enthusiasm has faded, Thirsting for Prayer by Fr. Jacques-Philippe is the book for you. his extensive experience giving retreats and on his discussions with people around the world, Fr.
Philippe offers us a course on what prayer is, why it is important, and what we can hope to obtain when we are faithful to prayer in our lives.
Thirsting for Prayer is filled with spiritual insights, examples from the lives of the saints, and scripture references; and it would be a great book to read if you would to grow in prayer during this Lenten season.
What is prayer?
In the first chapter, Fr. Philippe begins by explaining that prayer, above all, is a response to God’s call. We read in scripture: “Pray without ceasing!” (1Thes 5:17), “Pray at all times!” (Eph 6:18).
The most important reason to pray is because God Himself asks us to pray. Fr. Philippe assures us, that for prayer to be fruitful, the one thing necessary is that our prayer be a humble and trusting response to God’s call.
Instead of approaching prayer as a means to get something, God simply invites us to “waste time” with Him.
Why should we pray?
Always keeping this in mind–that prayer must be given freely, generously, and without making demands, Fr. Philippe shares with us seven fruits of consistent and faithful prayer:
1. Prayer places God in the center of our lives.
If we do not pray, we will inevitably be self-centered. Conversely, with prayer, we will have the grace to give God the proper place in our lives—the center. Through prayer we realize that God is our Rock.
Prayer also gives us strength to face the difficulties of life. Just as St.
John the Evangelist rested on Christ’s heart during the last supper, and was then able to stay with him during his passion, when we rest with Jesus in prayer he gives us the strength to face our most difficult trials.
2. Prayer teaches us to love freely.
When we experience prayer as giving God our time without expecting anything from Him, we begin to develop an attitude of loving freely, which then helps us to love others. Fr. Philippe says that prayer trains us to love because it gets us in the habit of being with God “in a state of loving attention,” which is more important than doing things for the other person. He writes,
“People with a long-established prayer life possess a noticeable quality of attention, presence, listening, and availability, which people whose whole lives are given over to activity are often incapable of.” (p. 13)
When we have acquired the habit of attentiveness in our daily prayer time,
we have a rare gift to give to the people we meet in this life.
3. Prayer is a foretaste of heaven.
If we persevere in prayer we will be given glimpses of the peace and fulfillment of paradise. Now, that may seem a crazy statement, but ask anyone who has prayed consistently for a significant period of time and they will tell you it’s true. As Christ himself said, “You will see heaven opened.” (Jn. 1:51) Fr. Philippe writes that through prayer:
“we learn to do what we were created for. We bring into play the best and deepest faculties with which we were endowed as human beings . . . our powers of adoration, wonder, praise, and thanksgiving. We recover the heart and eyes of a child, to wonder at the Beauty beyond all beauty, the Love that surpasses all love.”
4. Prayer gives us a deeper knowledge of God and ourselves.
In prayer we go beyond our ideas of God, the images we have of Him (which always fall short) and we arrive at a real experience of Him. Ultimately, this is a personal experience of Him as father, for this is the way He reveals Himself through Jesus. We also come to understand ourselves—namely, that there is no one else who can give to God and to the world what we can give.
Prayer teaches us that God loves us each uniquely, and that we have the ability to love Him (and our brothers and sisters, the Church, and the world) in a way that no one else can. While this is a mystery and something that must be lived out in gratitude and humility, “it is real enough and sure enough to give us the inner freedom and security we need to face life confidently.” (p.
5. Compassion for our neighbor is born of prayer.
Genuine prayer causes our love for others to grow. It draws us close to God, it unites us to Him, and then we begin to share his infinite love for his creatures.
Prayer enlarges and softens our hearts. St.
John of the Cross said that the fruit of prayer and contemplation is that a person will not be content to get to heaven, but he or she will want to take as many souls as possible with them.
6. Prayer is a path to freedom.
Fr. Philippe writes that when we pray we bring our deepest desires (for love, peace, security and happiness) to God. When, in prayer, we receive these gifts from Him we will be less ly to look to money, work, people and things to fulfill those desires.
Without prayer we will almost always make gods these things, by expecting them to fulfill us the way only God can. Finding happiness in prayer will make us “freer in regard to that anxious search for human satisfactions that is a permanent temptation.” (p.
7. Prayer unifies our lives.
With time, as we develop the habit of bringing everything to God in prayer, our lives find a sense of unity. God brings good everything–our desires and our efforts, but also our weaknesses and sinfulness.
He can use all of it when we go before him humbly and consistently in prayer.
Just as Mary “pondered” the events of Jesus’ life in her heart, we can keep the graces, events and struggles of our lives in a prayerful and trusting heart, where God can unify and bring good all of it.
I hope and pray that this brief introduction will inspire you to read Thirsting for Prayer, and that this incredible book, the fruit of Fr. Philippe’s own deep prayer, will help you experience a renewal in your prayer life and a fulfillment of the incredible blessings prayer brings into our lives.
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