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Prayer By Heart

Prayer is the most profound function in our faith system. We are given a tool to keep our close relationship with our LORD through His Son, Jesus Christ.

As it says in the Bible, trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your insight. This is a spoken word, and we are clothed with the Armor of God to defend the wall of our kingdom of faith and struggle not to our hope and the miracle of love. The greatest weapon we possess will be so powerful, and unto victory, the enemy will declare us the unbeatable soldiers of God, the Almighty.   Evil thoughts and temptations will depart if we focus on loving one another through faith and hope.

Growing with Him in prayer is the most delightful experience we could ever have. There is power in prayer—the power by which the Christian life is to be lived. Prayers strengthen our hope and equip us with understanding and knowledge of Him, who provided everything around us. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.

You probably already heard from other congregation leaders, Christian teachers, and preachers that there are many ways to pray effectively. How is that so? All prayers are effective when your heart is full of faith, joy, trust, love, and unshaken hopes, so your prayers will be granted. So, if you have all these pillars of our existence, look around, and the answer is at hand.

 God of our existence can provide all the answers to all kinds of requests, all in positive ways.   Sometimes, a NO means a YES, but we don’t see the answer right in front of our eyes. Prayer heals our financial worries, prosperity, health, wealth, and physical and emotional relationships with family, friends, work, and the whole nine yards. Struggling with our spiritual whereabouts, we can name all our prayer requests that we can think of, and it boils down to selfishness, not selflessness. What I want, not what they need, what I need, and not what they wanted.

 Our Lord Jesus Christ taught His disciples how to pray. A straightforward, non-babbling, short, not long, meaningful, and not lustful prayer.   Prayer brings us to a beautiful relationship with the LORD. We can experience our relationship with Him through fervent prayer, sincere and no malice, from the heart and not from the mouth. God looks in our hearts, not what we wear, not the flowery words we say; whether kneeling or standing will not add flavor to His preferences and understanding of our requests. 

 Suppose we believe in our hearts that there is power in prayer. We should worship Him and then say it in spirit. God is a Spirit. Through Him, in Him…

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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