Prayer Part 2- An Act of Obedience
Prayer is the deepest function in our faith system. It is the medium of communication between us and God. It is given to us to keep our close relationship intact and continue to develop a more fruitful understanding of Him and through the reconciliatory work made by the Son this entire experience happened. Prayer is one of the powerful weapons God gave us. When a disciples asked Jesus “Lord, teach us to pray, they were all satisfied and never asked to teach them another prayer. It never had been more important for God's people to be on their knees, pray while standing, or lying in bed. If position in praying is that important Jesus would have said it.
Prayers are definitely heard by God because He knew our parents had prayed for us while we were still in our mother’s womb. Prayer initiates the beginning of our relationship with God and the ultimate way of building a closer distance with Him. When Seth the third son of Adam grew up, he had a son and named him Enosh. That point in time people first began to worship and call on the name of the LORD. Whether our prayers are answered or not, we are sure it is not being ignored by God. We should always be achievable beings ready to share the good news of our Lord Jesus about the message from the Father that the kingdom of God is at hand. Let us help together in bringing God’s fullness and wholeness to the universe which could only happen when we totally submit to Him in one spirit and purposefully defeat our sin nature. We are in a battle of the mind since the beginning of our time here on earth and only in survival mode because of the work of the life force— The Holy Spirit.
We cannot deny why prayer is so important. The Bible begin calling on the name of the LORD in the first book of the Bible and closes its chapter in prayer in Revelation 22:20 Even so, come, Lord Jesus. From the beginning until the end it is the prayer that makes this love letter from our LORD the main source of contact with our Creator—The Father of all creations.
The Bible says: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own insight, is a revered spoken word. It may not be cleared to you at this time but it will come a time that the kingdom which Jesus taught during his ministerial work on earth has already been put in place in everyone’s heart and at the same time clothed with the Armor of God that may cause burden to tempters that imply wickedness to your mind. The wall of the kingdom we have to defend is the kingdom we already have since birth and made it known to you at this time and all you need is to believe or to ask a true learned individual when in doubt.
During the church age many early Christian fathers made their own opinions regarding doctrinal views. The great schism is the split of a group of believers due to a difference in beliefs. Two great church reformers split in doctrinal views but both co- exist at the same time. We will take this topic in length after we finish our series on prayers. Either we call prayer a kind of worship, rites or ritual as long as you are doing it for the LORD it cannot be charge against you as an ungodly act. If we follow the pattern on how Jesus Christ taught his disciples will contribute to the fullness of a prayer the pattern is called ACTS which I mentioned before. When Jesus rule the earth with his righteous people it could be you as one of the elect that will take part in witnessing the stars in its glorious bodies.
Our hope will be greater and our faith will be stronger that will eventually produce the true meaning of love which undeniably be the weapons to suppress the evil mind. The evil spirit will then realize that the love they know is not love at all, but a possession and obsession of hate! When someone shows you some hatred, just ignore it and in return show them some patience and respect and walk away. The Bible said that when someone throw a stone at you give them back bread; instead of fighting back give them something that they can nourish and they may learn from you the goodness and joy of being loved (respect). When we criticize someone of their act we should be ready to be criticized too. The best thing to do in the presence of criticism is turn to prayer instead of being attracted to pay attention. There is an often used expression that those who live in glass house should not throw stones. When you let Love work with your emotion it will prevent you from going low.
Love our enemy will be the greatest defense we possess and will be so powerful that will lead us to victory till they put hate under their sole and harvest love instead. Love is patience and when we pray instead of talking back to the enemy exchanging words, we allow ourselves to enjoy the pleasure of being patient and patience is virtue. Prayer can make someone to have a change of heart and one day may come to you by surprise that the enemy you talk before becomes a well spirited individual and follower of good news and belong to the soldiers of the Almighty. Angels rejoice when someone is saved. It is a great achievement for any individual to save a lost soul and rewards goes to both of them then join the many believers to be part of a good universe and gain the heart of the LORD. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”—John 3:17
When we focus to love one another through faith and hope, evil mind, lies, deceptions and temptations will depart from the face of the earth and the kingdom of heaven will be felt and visible to everyone that made it. The sovereign power of the word of God will be our soul’s desire. Prayer is the only way to fill our hunger for peace and prosperity, protection and guidance and it is proven when you call on the name of the LORD He listens. Jesus prayed, King David did pray, King Solomon, the kings, the prophets so many to list and all were heard by the Almighty. We cannot ignore to pray as it has its own power. When Jabez prayed to expand his agricultural territory, God answered his prayer; King Solomon prayed asking for knowledge and understanding he received more than that, he received the wisdom of God. It is proven and there is no doubt about it—Pray.
Let us call on the name of the LORD to give us peace on earth sooner than later. We need to pray not only when we are in distress, when the going gets tough, when things seem to fall apart but also when things are going well, when life is worth living, when everyone recognize that life is beautiful when we pay attention in doing good things. Good work begets good results. Vegetables beget vegetables. With our prayer God will be pleased. When we ignore to pray we ignore about Him. We experience God talking to us through His spoken words and through that word of truth; we grow the knowledge of Him. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians told us that God desire is for us to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18).
“But I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you that it may go well with you.” Jeremiah 7:23 (NIV)
1) What is a prayer?
2) Act of Obedience
3) Act of Submission and Dependency
4) Posture in Praying
5) Answered Prayer
6) House of Prayer
7) Using the Name of Jesus