Prayer – WHY?

Prayer is effective

Why should I bother to pray? Why should you bother to pray? As the title of this blog says, prayer is effective.  It works. But first let’s back up a bit and ask another question. What is prayer? Before we can be convinced that prayer works we need to know what prayer is and how to pray. Maybe I should have done this blog before the series on The Lord’s Prayer but we can catch up.

So, what is prayer? The dictionary lists prayer as a noun and defines it as “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.” Asking for help or thanking Him for His help are certainly two aspects of prayer that the Bible tells us to practice. But prayer is so much more than this.

God is our Father and we should talk to Him as we would our earthly fathers. I told this to someone many years ago and very quickly was told that his earthly father wasn’t someone that anyone would want to talk to. I know, some of us don’t have a good relationship with our earthly fathers for various reasons. I was actually in that same position myself so I understand. But our Heavenly Father is GOOD! We need to talk to Him frequently just as we would talk to any loved one. Cultivate the habit of prayer. One way to do this is to realize that every thought, word and deed is in His view. God sees and knows all about us, so why not address all of our thoughts toward Him? (This is also a good way to help keep your thoughts from straying into area they should not stray.) Live a life of prayer! 1Thessalonians 5:16 says, “pray without ceasing.” I believe this can be done as we begin to understand that through the Holy Spirit God lives in us and He knows what we think and feel.

He also understands. Jesus was born an infant, became a toddler, a teenager and a young adult just like all of us. He lived with peer pressure, changing hormones and adolescence. Yes, Jesus is (was) God, but He was also fully man. And Jesus prayed! In fact, He prayer a lot. Jesus believed that prayer worked and He modeled that belief for us.

One thing that Jesus made very clear was that prayer was not like rubbing a magic lamp to get whatever you wanted. He said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish, and you shall have it.” (John 15:7 GNB) Notice that He said “if you remain in me AND MY WORDS REMAIN IN YOU…” Living a life of prayer as I described above will help us to keep His words in us. We cannot expect that Jesus will make us millionaires and help us to live a life of frivolous debauchery. While some believers are blessed with finances it is their gifting to finance the kingdom work. They live a life of prayer and it shows. (Here I need to say that not all who call themselves Christians are actually true believers. They live a material life seeking money and fame and they use Jesus name in vain. “By their fruits you will know them”.)

Remaining in Jesus words isn’t that hard. Spend time reading the Bible and praying. Your efforts will be rewarded. If you are sincere Jesus will guide your readings, give you insight and understanding. So talk to the Father today. You don’t need fancy words or formats any more than you would need to talk to your earthly dad. God WANTS to hear from you and you NEED to talk to Him.

I will continue this study on prayer but don’t wait for that. So start praying and reading the Bible now. Most people find that as they spend more time talking to God that they will find more meaning and richness in the Word. God speaks to us through His Word and the Holy Spirit will certainly direct you to the readings you need.

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The Lord’s Prayer (vs10)

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

The kingdom of God is His reign over all mankind, not just our acknowledging Him as our King. While we look forward to His return we are also to work in His kingdom by living our lives as He wishes us to live them. One way that we work for His kingdom is by telling others about Him. Jesus said that we are to be witnesses in all the earth; first in our own neighborhoods (including our homes) then the region around us and unto the ends of the earth.

When we see what Jesus has done for us and in our lives it should be easy to share this with others. This is a part of this prayer. As you pray “Thy kingdom come” you are asking God to give you the opportunity to help this come about. Remember, this is not just a rote memory that we recite over and over without meaning what we are saying. If we say the prayer we must listen to what we are saying and incorporate it into our lives.

Praying that His will be done on earth is praying that earth will become more heaven-like. God often works His will through believers. I definitely believe in miracles. I have received several throughout my lifetime. Some by direct intervention of the Hand of God but mostly through the work of other believers who submitted themselves to God’s will. Heaven is a place of miracles. It is the Father’s home. When we pray that we want His will to be done on earth as it is in His home we are asking that He will help us to know His will and to give us the strength and grace to carry out His wishes in our lives.

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

Have you ever had a tough decision to make? One that was important, maybe even critical, and you wanted to be sure you were making the best possible decision?

Well, I’m in that position again. It has been one week since the last heart episode and I’m not working. It’s looking like I won’t be doing any physical work for quite some time, if ever. Social Security covers the rent but that’s about all. So I have to decide what I’m going to do.

Of course there are legitimate work from home options. And I’m looking into some of these but something (Someone?) keeps drawing me back to the original plan that I had when I first started this WordPress journey ten years ago.

I have no doubt that I should be writing. It burns in my bones. Almost every day I see something and say, “I could write a blog about that.” Well, why don’t I? Because I have a wife to feed and bills to pay.

Should I combine my longing to teach and write with my need for an income? Probably, but will we survive during the long period of time it takes for a blog site to begin generating a livable income? I don’t know. And I’m afraid.

I know. We were not given a spirit of fear, but the fear is there nonetheless. It’s a reality. We’ve been homeless before and it’s not a pleasant experience. Nor one that I desire to repeat.

So, short of the heavens opening up and a myriad of angels telling me what to do, I’m still at a loss for answers. Maybe you can help?

I’m not asking for money or pledges of money. I can go to a number of apps that will place ads on my site and I can get sponsors. The question is, will I still have a readership if I do this? Most ad apps require a base or minimum number of hits per week. Right now I don’t even have that minimum. So I need your help. Will you subscribe to and read my posts and tell others about them? The more hits my site receives the better.

If you have suggestions on what subjects you want to see, that’s awesome too. I’m looking into two options for now. One, I want to do some old fashioned, verse by verse Bible study. We seem to have drifted away from this and I believe that in this time of spiritual and social upheaval studying God’s Word is crucial.

I’m also thinking about blogging about current political and social issues. Not as a complainer but to look at what’s happening from a Biblical, Christian viewpoint. WWJD? Remember this? What Would Jesus Do?

So what are your thoughts? If you would be willing to pledge your readership and help in spreading the word, comment below or on my Facebook page.

Also, if you do choose to help financially, you can click the link below. No amount is to small. I love you all. Have a truely blessed day in Jesus’ name.

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