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PRAYER STUDY: Your response to the Nature of God, His Character

Praise and thanksgiving is the first response to God’s Character. Everything about God, His perence, His holiness, His Power, His Mercy and mostly His Steadfast Enduring LOVE!

“Can anyone measure the magnificence of Yahweh the great, and His inexpressible grandeur?” ( Jerusalem Bible)
“what can I render to the LORD (YWHW) for all His benefits to me?… I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the Name of the LORD.”( ESV)

Under the Law of Moses there was a particular offering for Thanksgiving, but under Christ this was abolished. But in our prayer we offer God our thanksgiving daily for we acknowledge that His sacrifice was the greatest gift we have received from God. AS great as God is, He thought it not unworthy to give up all to become man, live and die for us and reconcile us to Himself. () “For in Him (Jesus) all the fullness of God (Adoni)was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.” ( ESV)

IN prayer we confess His Holiness and proclaim His Glory, we also confess our lack of holiness, all our sins and misgivings. IN prayer we Praise Him, we Glorify Him We offer thanksgiving and we then call upon Him to intercede for us and for the needs of others.

“Have mercy upon me , O God
according to your steadfast love
according to your abundant mercy,
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin!”
( ESV)

In prayer we see the graciousness of God, His Mercy and Holiness, His immense love for us, and for all His people. We also respond to His Power and Wisdom. For without God we are nothing, we would not be and nothing we do can be of significance at all. At yet in spite of it, we can come to him with our requests and He will respond with loving kindness.

This is the nature, the Character of Go, that He would care. And this is why we prayer.


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Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable. (ESV)


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12 What shall I render to the Lord
for all his benefits to me?

Psalm 116:17 (Listen

12 What shall I render to the Lord
for all his benefits to me?

Psalm 116:17 (Listen)

17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord. (ESV)


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2:1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [1] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, [2] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy’s [3] proven worth, how as a son [4] with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.

25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 2:5 Or which was also in Christ Jesus
[2] 2:7 Greek bondservant
[3] 2:22 Greek his
[4] 2:22 Greek child


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19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,

Colossians 1:20 (Listen

19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,

Colossians 1:20 (Listen)

20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (ESV)


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51:1 Have mercy on me, [1] O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.

Psalm 51:2 (Listen

51:1 Have mercy on me, [1] O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.

Psalm 51:2 (Listen)

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin! (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 51:1 Or Be gracious to me

PRAYER STUDY: What is prayer?

“THEREFORE I SAY TO YOU, ALL THINGS WHICH YOU PRAY AND ASK, BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED THEM, AND THEY SHALL BE GRANTED TO YOU.” ( NAS)

Prayer is our response to God’s Grace. As you read the bible, you find that those who are close to God, respond to Him through prayer a lot. David, Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, ALL prayed and God answered. And through Christ, God answers us. maybe not as obvious as He did to the prophets and others of the Bible, but still He answers us. In life’s situations, and in times of great joy as well as sorrow, God hears us and provides answers. Not as quickly as we like sometimes and maybe not in the manner of our choosing, bur every prayer is answered.

While we have a tendency to say to God, “Let Your will be my will.” We often mean, “DO my will God, for I know what is best for me.” What we must learn and live by is that God Never does our will, He dose what is best for us in the long run, what is best for our soul. Prayer is not an attempt to move God to our side, but a effort to move us closer to God’s side. It is an effort to see God’s purpose, His heart and His Grace in every circumstance. I tis the effort to discover HIS will, over our desires. Prayer is the communication with God to see His point of view and how He wants to move us there to He an find pleasure in us and from us and for us.

So lose the “Self” in prayer and seek the call to respond to God.


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24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received [1] it, and it will be yours. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 11:24 Some manuscripts are receiving

PRAYER STUDY: Using the bible

Meditating all day on Your Law,
how I have come to love it!
By Your Commandment, ever mine,
how much wiser You have made me than my enemies!”
(8 Jerusalem bible)

There are five things to do when involving yourself with the Word of God, all of which are tools to a good prayer life. 1) Hear the Word – Be in a church that shares the scriptures. Listen to scriptures on tapes CDs or other audio methods. 2) Read the Word. The Bible is not a “coffee table book”, it is to be read daily. If you are listening to a CD, follow along in the same translation. When the pastor or litanies are read in church, and it is on the screen, read it as you listen. 3. Study what you have read or what was read to you. Don’t rely on only one commentary, but have two to study from or research scriptures on the internet. Not that any are wrong, but using more sources, builds knowledge of other’s views and understanding. 4) Memorize what you can. Frankly, the KJV is a poor translation in today’s English speaking countries, but it is still the easiest to memorize simply because of it poetic prose. But whatever you favorite translation is, memorize all you can. And 5) MEDITAE on the understanding you gather from the Word of God. Allow the Holy Spirit to build character in you.

Meditation is foremost when using scripture in your prayer life. It allows God to personalize His Word for your circumstances. When you are meditating, you are allowing the Holy Spirit to start a prayer relationship with you. Often, while meditating, you find yourself asking questions of God, and in your mind, you receive answers. God gives you explanations, understandings and even an action plan regarding His Word. Meditation is quality time with God, so “lock yourself away” with His Word and spend time alone with God.


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97 Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.

Psalm 119:9 (Listen

97 Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.

Psalm 119:9 (Listen)

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word. (ESV)

PRAYER STUDY: START WITH THE WORD

“Open my eyes that I may behold wonderful things from Your Law.” (NAS)
Be the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will .send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (NAS)

There are many daily reading plans out there to make it possible to read the entire bible in one year. But it should not be that hard. If you just spend time each day reading Psalms, a chapter of the Gospel, part of one of the epistles, and some of the Old Covenant, then you will see growth in your prayer life.
It is suggested by many that you keep a log, or journal of what you read and what impact it had on you. Keep a prayer bible, on that you can mark up and make margin notes in. In fact, it is a good idea to have at least three different translations if you can. It is easy in English speaking countries because there are so many translations and interpretations available.

Look for Truths about God, Father son and Holy Spirit. Seek for instructions about others and your relationship with them. Search for facts concerning your life and what would make your life more pleasing to God. Look for the commandments of God that would change who you are in relationship to Him, seek out the errors, the complaints and sins in your life that you must deal with. Most of all look to how your can improve your relationship[ with Christ and the Father.

It is important to be ready to pray while reading the Word. Be prepared to put the bible down and start praying. some Scriptures will entice you to praise God, others will encourage you to seek more wisdom, some we recall things to be thankful for and others to call you to obedience and contrition. While you may set a certain amount of time each day to study, meditate and reflect on the word, allow extra time for god to speak to your heart and talk to Him about it. What is also important is to be where you do not have distractions


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18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law. (ESV)


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26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (ESV)

Prayer Study, Communication With God: Soul Nourishment

A quick note: When you set a time aside to pray, always have your bible handy. Reading scripture, particularly Psalms, will help you clear your mind of distractions and give you a guide in your prayer.

“Create in me a clean heart, o God,
and renew in me a new spirit.”
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Prayer is the food of the soul, it brings us closer to God. It makes us more capable of loving God, for it is easier to love someone you talk with daily. and while we can not hear the word of God per se, with the scriptures we can read of His mighty Love and compassion for us. Much of the ‘rules of life” are contained in the New Testament. Many of the lessons of life are found in the tragedies of the Old Testament. Psalms and Proverbs give us wisdom for our prayers. The Scriptures feed us God’s Love but it is through prayer, we are nourished, the food put into our souls.
Guides to effective prayer include meditation on the Word, a time set aside (if possible) to just reflect on God’s goodness and His might. Even taking short walks before praying can benefit the mind and refresh the body so prayer can be said more alertly. The main ting is to have the mind free from distractions. Even in church settings, free your mind from other things going on. That is easily done by closing your eyes but that is not essential.
Daily reading, meditation and quiet time with listening to what the Word says is the foremost benefit to effective prayer. If you can, use a daily planner to set a time to read scriptures and write down your thoughts on what you have read. George Muller said, ” How different when the soul is refreshed and made happy early in the morning, from what it is when, without spiritual preparation, the service, the trials, and the temptations of the day come upon us.” Scriptures, meditation and reflection… make happy (blessed) the soul. prepare yourself for prayer.


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10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right [1] spirit within me. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 51:10 Or steadfast

Payer Study: Comunication with God: Introduction


As an introduction to prayer
, I thought it best to say that there is no right or wrong way to pray. This study is an ongoing guide in the purpose, guide, and benefits of prayer. It will use scripture as a tool of prayer in your preparation to talk with God. Much as a child learns to communicate with her or his parents, but example of others talking with them and listening, I propose to share with you the lessons I have learned over the years.

But the primary thing is prayer is talking face to face, heart to heart with God. Whether you use formal prayers, litanies, tears, moans and groans, or just talking as one friend to another, it is communication with God. This opening lesson it to show the basics of a prayer life. Nothing more! So take a deep breath, and relax, I won’t cause you to become riled if I can help it.

That from the beginning, which we heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon an have touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life, ….that we have seen an heard we proclaim also to you so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship with the Father and with His son Jesus Christ.” ( ESV)

God made us to have fellowship with Him through Jesus Christ. From the beginning, it was God’s desire to communicate and commune (live) with man, His greatest creation.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. …. By this we know that abide in Him and He in us because he has given us His spirit.” : 7,13 ESV)

We cannot love or trust God without knowing who He is and being in a prayer relationship, communicating with Him. God made us to love, and to love truly, we must know Him. We learn to know His heart for us through prayer.

There are many reasons to pray, to commune with Christ and the Father. We can’t do the will of God without knowing what it is, we can not grow in the Spirit without seeking it and learning of God’s Spirit, we can not follow his Commandments unless we understand His will. With a solid and valued prayer life, we stay close to God. the plan of this lesson which is ongoing, is to give you the tools to develop your own prayer life. To be able to use Scriptures and the prayers of others to create a style of prayer for yourself that reflects your Love of God and your desire to communicate with Him en every situation, good, bad, or otherwise. Prayer and the Bible (Scripture) are the two lines of communication God has with us. We speak to Him with prayer, He speaks to us with Scripture. So in this lesson, every lesson, there will be scripture to support and to encourage you in your growth. Remember, even if I use prayers of other people or tradition “church” prayers, it is only to show you


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1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—

1 John 1:3 (Listen

1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—

1 John 1:3 (Listen)

that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. (ESV)


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4:1 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. [1]

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. [2] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”

27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.

31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

43 After the two days he departed for Galilee. 44 (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.) 45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast.

46 So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” 49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. 51 As he was going down, his servants [3] met him and told him that his son was recovering. 52 So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour [4] the fever left him.” 53 The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household. 54 This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 4:6 That is, about noon
[2] 4:14 Greek forever
[3] 4:51 Greek bondservants
[4] 4:52 That is, at 1 p.m.