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Lord, teach us to pray!

It’s not something I hear believers do much, to ask their leaders to teach them to pray, but since we had this outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, I’ve seen believers pray a lot, well done though, for praying. But the question is do you know how when where and what you should pray for as you ought?

Anyway, Jesus said, "when ye pray, say..." Luke 11:2. A disciple of Christ should know how to pray according to the will of God, not to pray anyway you like. James said, "For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that" James 4:15. That teaches us to "Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure" 1 Timothy 5:22.

I see people ask for prayer for whatever reason, and an excited believer without giving thought already makes a rush to bind and curse  the devil, or to  bless and release spiritual blessings. But who has said it’s in the will of God to pray like that? Have you taken time to prove what may be "good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God" concerning the matter? Proverbs 19:2 says, "Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth."

What is pastor saying? I’m saying take time to chew the cud, don’t rush to say or do anything with your lips, lay hands suddenly on no man, instead know what God’s will is.

Now, on listening to words of the Lord’s Prayer, you find that it’s not our desires which are important, but his will; "...thy kingdom come...thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth....give us....forgive us our sins...lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil." But to an ordinary believer, it’s not this that’s important anymore, but their own wishful thinking.

The disciples asked him privately, "Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting" Mark 9:28-29. This prayer folks; it’s not a sheer blessing of people, rather it is seeking if the Lord wills. Praying is not commanding God to do certain tasks that we ourselves have failed, but it’s asking/pleading if he wills, he will bless, or will take away the burden, and when you pray - do not faint, do not lose heart because he may delay answering you.

"And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint...And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:1,7-8. But only do not pray amiss.

God bless,
Laurence - Simple Gospel Summation 

Lord, teach us to pray, Part 2

Simple Gospel Summation
Reverend Muzembi 
Often we pray, because  we've nothing, and whatever other reason you pray is because you want God to intervene in your situation, or that he supply your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Say "by Christ Jesus our Lord!"

Our Lord is teaching us how we can approach or say a prayer to The Father, and the Father says, hear ye him. Now Jesus said, you can approach the Father anytime you’ve need, and you approach Him the same way you would your friend when you’ve need, and even though your friend
would say, "Trouble me not: the door is now shut ... I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give...yet because of [your] importunity he will rise and give [you] as many as [you] needeth" Luke 11:7-8.

Prayers are answered, especially because of importunity, not because you are a friend, this or that. Peter said, "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons" Acts 10:34.
He knows your need, even before you ask, but if you’re to receive from him, you have to ask persistently sometimes. Remember the widow, The Bible says the judge "would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me" Luke 18:4-5.

So likewise here Jesus is teaching you how you pray; i.e., you continue to offer up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears to God, you sometimes wrestle with him, and be persistent, meaning you continue to knock, seek and ask until you receive. That continual coming is a sign, that you believe in him.  Jesus was heard because he demonstrated that he feared the Father, "though he were a Son" Hebrews 5:8.

He was heard, because he revered God, not for who he was, and the same with you. You won’t be heard for any other reason except for your fear of him.

He said, "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened" Luke 11:9-10.

How do you know God has heard your prayer?

Simple, it’s through faith! You judge him faithful who promised; be  persuaded, embrace, and confess it.

If you shall ask for bread be persuaded he will give you bread, not a stone, or if you ask for fish, he will give you a fish, not a serpent. You keep confessing it until you obtain/embrace it.

Your heavenly Father gives the Holy Spirit (good gifts) to them that ask him. Why the Holy Spirit? "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered" Romans 8:26. The Spirit of Christ prays through us.

And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises" Hebrews 6:11-12. Amen. We aren’t following every wind of doctrine, but we are followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

God bless
Laurence - Simple Gospel Summation 


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