Tags like this are a churchly systems approach. Someone
at some time in the past started it. It sounded ok. So it continued.
If you think others may be offended
10:32; 9:19-22) and think
you odd for not adding this tag to a prayer you say such as at a meal when
someone asks you to pray, then add it! Ain't gonna hurt no one!
-I had to pray about it when
I got upset and felt offended when I sensed a fellow worker was thinking
sexual thoughts and was touching me, even though it wasn't in a sexual
place. I felt he was 'coming on to me'.
-Do we pray
to the Father or Christ? 1John 2:23
We call on the Father -1Peter
1:17. The Father begets us -1Peter
1:3; Hebrews 1:5. We
are His children. All Christ did
focused on the Father -John 17:6-8,12,14,17,21,23,26;
earnestly are we to pray? James 5:17?
James 5:17 "Elias was a man subject
to like passions as we are and he prayed earnestly-(word
'earnestly' not in original Greek)-that
it might not rain; and it rained not on the earth by the space of three
years and six months."
Pray from the heart. How? By thinking about what you are
saying while you are saying it and by realizing that this is important
time for you.
made meaningless prayers for the sake of appearing religious to others.
The word 'earnestly' is not in the original. Just pray. That's all. The
'effective' and 'fervent' prayer ('effective' and 'fervent' in the original
means the same and that is 'work') is a prayer that you want to be effective.
-How do we
"draw near to God"? James 4:8
One draws near (original Greek is 'comes near') to God
when he knows that because he has accepted the righteousness
of Jesus Christ, he is accepted and approved of God and God is pleased
with Him -Hebrews 10:22.
It's all in what one thinks because,
He's already in you and one
with you and just that close – nearer than breathing and closer than
hands or feet.
But if you feel that He is displeased
with you, YOU won't be able to 'see' Him and allow that closeness to have
any effect upon you. We all would rather stay away from anyone whom we
feel may be displeased with us. And who wants to be close to someone who
send us to hell?
It is through a "better hope" (Christ
and what He did for us -Hebrews
7:19) that we can be confident of closeness with God -Ephesians
3:12. This gives that closeness effect (1Thessalonians
2:13) in our hearts and consequently brings forth the
promises in our lives.
about Christ (for through Him we have access
to the Father -Romans 11:36;
we can become involved in an increasingly intimate
with the Father.
As we pray
about things while they are occurring we walk (and talk) with God; we involve
God in what we think and do.
If you don't
talk to God, He'll assume you are not interested in His involvement – see
the example of Jabez.
5:1 "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children."
talks a lot about group and individual intercessory prayer. This makes
me feel like my prayers aren't quite good enough the way they were, although
I never heard any complaints from God. By intercessory prayer I mean that
they say we are in a spiritual battle with the devil and God's people must
pray to get the demons' hands off society so the word of God can have free
course and affect others for good. I am concerned for others, but I am
in two minds about how they are approaching it.
That kind of puts the devil in charge
of God calling people. Are we saying that God would let the world go to
"hell" if His people didn't have intercessory prayer? Does God love the
world that little? Does their salvation depend upon whether or not we have
intercessory prayer or anything else for that matter, or upon the finished
work of Christ? Are we trying to do Christ's finished work all over again?
Are we saying that the devil has gained more evil than God has good? Is
Christ incapable of doing what He said He would? Do we really know what
our works should be?
should we pray for others? Yes!
Should we pray
for departed ones? Yes!
The word 'intercessor' appears only
once and that in the Old Testament where it means 'to meet someone'. The
same root is also translated 'intercession' and occurs 4 times in the Old
Testament. The words 'intercessory prayer' do not occur at all in the Bible.
53:12 it refers to Christ making intercession for the transgressors,
which He began accomplishing at the cross and carries on today with. He
is the intercessor for the saints -Romans
8:27,34; Hebrews 7:25.-...Questions