Monday, February 6, 2023

POWER of PRAYER

 

Prayer is the language of the poor.

The self-sufficient do not want to pray.

The self-satisfied don't want to pray.

The self-righteous cannot pray.

Prayer is the most demanding exercise 

this side of eternity.

-- Leonard Ravenhill


What can prayer do?

What do you pray for?

Who do you pray to?

We have no idea the power of prayer.

But JESUS knew.

That's why He taught us how to pray.

Matthew 6:6

King James Version

6 But thou, 

when thou prayest, 

enter into thy closet, 

and when thou hast shut thy door, 

pray to thy Father which is in secret; 

and thy Father which seeth in secret 

shall reward thee openly.


He also taught us how NOT to pray.

Matthew 6:5

King James Version

5 And when thou prayest, 

thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: 

for they love to pray standing in the synagogues 

and in the corners of the streets, 

that they may be seen of men. 

Verily I say unto you, 

They have their reward.


Matthew 6:7-8

King James Version

7 But when ye pray, 

use not vain repetitions, 

as the heathen do: 

for they think that they shall be heard 

for their much speaking.

8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: 

for your Father knoweth 

what things ye have need of, 

before ye ask him.


JESUS also taught us a prayer.

Matthew 6:9-13

King James Version

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: 

Our Father which art in heaven, 

Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, 

Thy will be done in earth, 

as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, 

as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, 

but deliver us from evil: 

For thine is the kingdom, 

and the power, 

and the glory, 

for ever. 

Amen.


Lastly, here's what makes GOD answer a prayer.

1 John 5:14

King James Version

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, 

that, 

if we ask any thing according to his will, 

he heareth us:


The PRAYING village here.


Seventh article in the BROKENNESS series.


Related post:

WHAT makes GOD answer a PRAYER?

GOD's WILL

BORN AGAIN articles


Video:

"To the Preacher" - The Idolatry of Intelligence, by Leonard Ravenhill


Image: Clipart Library


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