From the Old Testament of Genesis, to the New Testament of Revelation, Jesus Christ embodies the word of God; for Jesus is The Word.
The believer knows – “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 NKJV – and that’s what we believe.
Prayer changes things; it is effective and realized in many different ways. We pray with Adoration to God the self-existent one, who created all things - we pray with Confession to God for forgiveness of our sins in the name of Jesus - we pray with Thanksgivingto God for his many blessings (if you think you’re not blessed consider the air you breathe right now), and then we go to God with Supplication - praying earnestly and humbly, asking for something; always in the name of Jesus, our Lord.
The Bible, read it! And learn about the great prayers of God’s chosen messengers: Abraham’s prayer for Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18: 23-33), to Jacob wrestling with the angel at Peniel (Genesis 32: 22-31), and how in prayer Moses held God to promises made to the children of Israel; and let us not forget the way Aaron, Samuel, Solomon, and Hezekiah interceded for the people of Israel. God even spoke to Solomon regarding Israel’s obedience and prayers (2 Chronicles 7:14).
King David was a man of prayer, a man after God’s own heart; in Psalm 51 we read his prayer of repentance, and the prophets of old were all men who prayed. Consider Daniel – The Book of Daniel – He prayed three times a day; effectively!
Jesus set an example for the importance of prayer in his time here on earth. (John 17; Matthew 6: 5-15, Luke 18:1-8)
The early church is characterized by prayer (Acts 2: 42), and it is in Paul’s writings that the theology of prayer is fully developed. The apostle Paul was a praying man.
The Christian’s prayer is rooted in the intercession of Christ and in the enabling of the Spirit of God. (Hebrews 13:15; 1Peter 2:5)
There are various elements in prayer and the believer knows that prayer changes things.
The Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
May your name be kept holy,
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,*
and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,*
but rescue us from the evil one.* Matthew 6: 9-13 NLT
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