Prayer is the most powerful thing that we can learn to do with our hearts. When we Pray we are trusting that God, who Loves us, is listening, able to understand all of our experiences and longings and also has the Wisdom and Power to Intervene, Help, Heal and led us into the experience of His Presence….
Please know, I am not an authority, nor a teacher… only one on a long an joyful journey in prayer. I share only wishing to inspire you to seek further and feel my own joy.
In Prayer we pursue that which is Holy. We long to come alongside the Presence of Love Itself. When we do that, we experience the Relentless Love of God for us. Our response is to choose to turn towards Him and respond to His call to Awakening to a New Birth or to fall back into the ‘familiar’ until our hearts are touched once again.
When we know how to pray…we begin Prayer with Worship. We are humbled by awe at The Infinite Love that The Lord has for us; our hearts fill with gratitude, wonder and we bow in our heart’s reach as we aspire to know and whisper our own words to The One That Created and has Known us from the beginning of Time.
We must come to acknowledge that by our own Power, we can do no thing. The Power of God is Sovereign in the seen and the unseen worlds in ways that we cannot even begin to fathom. This Eternal is the source of Creation and formed us in “His” amazing image with purpose, plan and design. With our mortal minds and transient feelings, we do not have the tools to perceive God. We can only begin to know God through His Spirit, which described in the Bible. The following are two of my favorite quotations of Christ Jesus.
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love…
In Prayer we seek to commune with God. We feel called by something greater, larger and unfathomable by our minds, perhaps only perceived by our Hearts. We respond by calling back, calling out and deeply desiring to hear, feel and know God.
We must “Pursue Love Relentlessly’
It is difficult to persuade anyone against the promise of power and peace. Life though, is the greatest Teacher– for we are not Alone, nor created Alone. We have been created by God.
Ultimately there is no quick fix to alter our circumstances or ‘patch in’ a positive to our emotions on top of something unhealed or un-forgiven. God finds us where we are and and is able to embrace all, the whole of us in a way that is almost unfathomable to our mortal hearts. We are human; imperfect, fallible. When we seek the love of our Maker, seek reunion with That which formed our Being in innermost core of Creation-we begin a journey which ends in a Birth and a death. We die, or find degrees of surrender of the ‘gross’, all that we carry which is earthbound and “leads to death”….
Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
and embrace The One That God, ordained by the Holiest of Holy’s where we find Grace.
photograph by Katherine Watson
Prayer and The Holy Trinity
I found an extremely erudite and Biblical exposition on this on the my own Church web site. Please know that I am not a scholar, just a humble poet and devoted member of the Church. There are many more worthy articles found there!! Alexandria Presbyterian Church
I remember that in learning to pray according to Biblical Word, there were always many questions about “who” in the Trinity I would pray to. Could I pray directly to the Godhead of the Trinity? What was the role of The Holy Spirit? May I speak directly to Christ Jesus? Understanding and delighting in the direct ability to approach Deity in prayer, worship and personal relationship became a starting point and a journey that grew each and every part of my being, life, relationships and spirit In Him over the years. It is that which I value most in life.
The followed list of affirming Christian belief is taken from my Church’s website Alexandria Presbyterian Church which includes many links to more detailed information on every subject that I would want to bring up further on all things related to prayer, worship, Christianity and deeper subjects.
upon my heart rests this prayer:
“Pursue Love Relentlessly”
The Sermons and Fellowship Group directly inspired my Prayer life and cause a surge forward that awes me to tears of gratitude and happiness. Life, Purpose and Perspective have altered for me 360 degrees in the last 5, is it 6 years? Time is flying by…
I can only offer my testimony that Prayer, and its fruit-the molding of one’s heart into a vessel for the Love of God, It’s Joy and the desire to out-pour His Spirit and Being in life and community with all Life is an astounding journey.
The Holy Trinity in The Westminster Confession of Faith
- The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
- There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who are to be equally loved, honored, and adored.
- All mankind participated in Adam’s fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and totally helpless.
- The Sovereign God, for no other reason than His own unfathomable love and mercy, has chosen lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit and through the atoning death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ.
- Those sinners whom the Spirit quickens, come to believe in Christ as Savior by the Word of God, are born again, become sons of God, and will persevere to the end.
- Justification is by faith and through it the undeserving sinner is clothed with the righteousness of Christ.
- The goal of God’s salvation in the life of the Christian is holiness, good works, and service for the glory of God.
- At death the Christian’s soul passes immediately into the presence of God and the unbeliever’s soul is eternally separated from God unto condemnation.
- Baptism is a sign of God’s covenant and is properly administered to children of believers in their infancy as well as to those who come as adults to trust in Christ.
- Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time when He is not expected, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
Alexandria Presbyterian Church statement of Belief in concordance with The Holy Bible.
I pray that all be blessed by God, that their heart know Him and lives be touched by His Love, find Unity among-st us all and Mercy now and forever.
© 2017 Linda A Willows