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Thursday, June 18, 2015

A DASH OF ENTREPRENEURIAL #19 | Prayer (Pt.1)

Hello there. Welcome to Entrepreneurial Goddess and the 19th post in my series entitled "Off On My Tangent!"

Talking to each other is a basic requirement of friendship. Some people can chat endlessly on the phone, others by email, letter, text or Skype. Whatever the case might be, there has to be two-way communication in order to bring about understanding, trust and affection. How then are we to talk to God since He lives in the heavens and we can't see Him? That's where the loving provision of prayer comes in.

Everyone, whether they believe in Him or not, has at some point in their lives prayed to God. Do you pray and if so, to whom do you pray? Do you pray all the time or just when you're suffering or facing difficulty? Do you praise God, thank Him and seek His guidance? Do you think God even listens to your prayers? Let's consider what the Bible says.
  God, whose name is Jehovah (Psalms 83:18*), is a God of order. How so? Well, if you wanted to meet with someone important, there are certain channels and security (depending on person importance) you'd have to go through first. On the other hand, You don't need an appointment to speak to God - He's open 24/7/365 - no 9-5 there! (Psalms 65:2*) But, as Creator and Universal Sovereign, He does have a channel we must go through if we want our prayers to reach Him. That channel is His Son, Jesus Christ who himself said at John 14:6*: "No one comes to the Father except through me."
  There are many people claiming to reach God through Mary and other so-called saints. Sadly, they are quite mistaken, for nowhere in the Bible does it say any such petitions were ever made through these ones and you certainly won't find any commands in the Bible to do so either. (Exodus 20:3-5; Philippians 4:6*) In fact, 1 Timothy 2:5, 6* says: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus, who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all."
  In the world today, you'll also find many who make a big song and dance of praying, almost like a theatrical act, ensuring they are seen by one and all. God hates hypocrites! Matthew 6:5* says: "When you pray, do not act like the hypocrites, for they like to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the main streets to be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward in full."
  Most prayers to God are often selfish and materialistic too, like requiring Him to help us win the lottery or conflicting as in times of war when both sides pray to God for victory. God could not possibly answer conflicting or materialistic prayers! (Proverbs 28:9; Matthew 6:7, 8*)
  For our prayers to reach Jehovah God then, we must pray with humility and sincerity in Jesus' name only. Our prayers must be in harmony with God's will and purpose. Repetition is a no-no. (Matthew 6:9-13, 33*) God lovingly invites us to talk to Him from the heart, not from some well-rehearsed prayer! 1 John 5:14* says: "No matter what we ask according to his will, he hears us." And never forget to thank Jehovah God for the many blessings you have received, especially for the gift of life and for the ransom sacrifice of His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ who willingly gave his life so we might gain salvation! (Psalms 92:1; John 3:16*)

So, we talk to God in honest, heartfelt prayer. We must thank Him, praise Him and petition Him according to His will, but what is God's will and how does He in turn speak to us? We'll discuss those topics in upcoming articles.

*New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here
**Illustration by ~Me~

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6 comments :

  1. Beautifully stated. Joining the Breakthrough Intercessors prayer group started by Catherine Marshall is tremendous in helping me pray regularly but I still fall out of the good habit when I don't have that commitment to inspire me during "off" weeks. ~blush~ I could definitely do better. Thank you for the inspiration.

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    1. Hello Darla.
      Prayer is such a wonderful provision from God. It's how He wants us to talk to Him, even if we can't think of anything to say. Daily prayer is so important too since that's how we draw close to God and He in turn to us. I appreciate you stopping by.

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  2. Thanks for visiting my blog, Barbara! The A to Z Challenge was a REAL challenge for me this year! Hey, I really like your lip balm recipe... I might have to try it!

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    1. Hello Jess * Jessie * Jessy.
      I hope you have recovered from the challenges of the A-Z Challenge! I'm glad you like the lip balm recipe. Do give it a try...it's really easy to make and once you get the hang of it, you can always change up the ingredients and flavours to whatever you like.
      Thanks for popping over.

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  3. My favourite prayers are from gamblers calling on Jesus to help them win or others just before an American football game. Seems quite ridiculous.
    It's like having a friend who only calls you when they need something, but never invite you over to their get-togethers, or call to chat.

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    1. Hello Jeffrey.
      Yes, those kind of prayers are indeed conflicting, especially since Jesus never once gambled in his life and American football didn't even exist in his time either! It's sad, people believe those kinds of prayers are being answered...unfortunately,they are deceiving themselves or being deceived.
      I appreciate your visit here today.

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