11 Jul “Meet Your God Privately in Prayer”
(1) In Matthew 6:5-6 Jesus contrasts true prayer with false prayer, prayer that is real and prayer that is false poems for small things. One kind of prayer is seen by God and is of value to Him; the other is seen by men and is useless. private prayer is vital to every Christian and there is no substitute for it free web template. Appreciate and practice private prayer because the test as to the real value and power of a Christian life is not made in the ream of outward things but inward 경기도 전도 다운로드.
(2) What we engage in when we are shut away from every human eye and are alone with God tells the type of Christian we are. In every life where there is a ‘shut door’ there will be an inflow of God’s peace and joy of His presence; then there will be an out flow of fruitful service which will remain for eternity 원키고스트 64비트 다운로드. There can be no deep realization of peace and joy of God and no real Holy Spirit fruit if the place of prayer is neglected.
(3) Notice that Jesus takes it for granted that His people will be men and women of prayer, see His sample of private prayer: v6 pray to your Father not the Father 데빌메이지 다운로드. Before ever we can enjoy the privilege of prayer or know anything of its power we must first know God as our loving heavenly Father; we must be born again – John 3:3; and made a member of His family – Eph. 3:15. Is He truly your Father? If not, receive the Lord Jesus Christ now as your Lord and Savior and become a child of God – (John 1:12.
(4) There must be humility when it comes to prayer -Exodus 3:3-6. When we pray, we come to the Throne of Grace and Holiness of the Almighty God, we must always remember to whom we are coming, being aware of our unworthiness – Daniel 9:3, but because of Christ we come with confidence and boldness – Heb. 10:19-22. Also prayer is meaningless if our hearts are not in it, we must not pray as hypocrites do, like play-actors (Matt. 15:8-9)
(5) Verse 5 tells us how the Pharisees prayed, to be seen by men, but the Christian must meet God privately, secretly, unheard by men but seen and heard by God, anywhere and at any time, retire to a place alone in His presence and have an audience with Him. We must persevere in prayer and be persistent (Luke 11:8; 18:7; 18:39) Some of our prayers fall short of their goal because we give up just when we ought to hold on and persevere.
(6) We must believe that God is not only able and willing to answer us, but the He knows our needs before we ask Him. We do not pray to instruct God how to act, but to appeal to Him that He may perform His will through our praying. Why then do we need to pray at all? The answer is that God has ordained it this way; in deed, He has commanded us to pray, and not to pray is to disobey Him. Moreover, not to pray is to block the channel through which God is waiting to work and reveal His will and then pour out His blessings. Remember, there is always a REWARD after praying-v20.