PRAYER, breathing God

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Prayer causes our hearts to breathe to the pulse of God. It is a joyful reply to God’s invitation to know him directly. We find, through prayer, miraculous access to the altar of God; a pathway to direct and loving relationship.  

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”  Martin Luther

“God instituted prayer in order to lend to His creatures the dignity of causality.” But not only prayer; whenever we act at all He lends us that dignity. … This is how (no light matter) God makes something—indeed, makes gods—out of nothing.”
Pascal

“True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is a spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.” Charles Spurgeon

“Let no one profess to trust in God, and yet lay up for future wants, otherwise the Lord will first send him to the hoard he has amassed before He can answer the prayer for more.”  George Muller

“Prayer is beyond any question the highest activity of the human soul. Man is at his greatest and highest when upon his knees he comes face to face with God.” 
Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God. It changes me.”
C.S. Lewis

“We must lay before him what is in us; not what ought to be in us.”
C.S. Lewis

“Prayer is continuing a conversation that God has started through his Word and his grace, which eventually becomes a full encounter with him.” “To fail to pray, then, is not to merely break some religious rule—it is a failure to treat God as God.”
Tim Keller

Resources on Prayer:

Christianity Today: Going deeper in Prayer

Tim Keller on Practical Theology

Desiring God ~ On Prayer

Bible Study ~ when an how to Pray

Four Steps of Prayer which are the following four elements in sequence:

This process referred to with the initials A.C.T.S. is the basis of many Christian Prayers.

1. Praise / Adoration
Our personal prayer times will be enriched as we contemplate the Character and Names and Attributes of our mighty and wonderful God in Praise and Adoration.
2. Confession
In Confession, we humble ourselves before him in order to be cleansed of sin and made worthy to enter his throne room as beloved children.
3. Thanksgiving
In Thanksgiving, we remember all that God has been doing in our lives and celebrate his Faithfulness.
4. Intercession / Supplication
In Supplication and Intercession, we are participating in the plans and purposes of God for the world, for our families and friends, for the lost, and for his kingdom.

Romans 8:26 “Likewise, the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. “

When we pray, we need an Intercessor. We need The Holy Spirit of God.

We pray with a mortal heart and mind as we journey in degrees of sanctification (holiness). We don’t have the ability to see the “far beyond” as Our Intercessor, the Spirit of Lord can. The far sight of the Holy Spirit can see and wisely interpret our greater good.  This Intercessor perceives the details of our ‘now’. The Holy spirit presents our prayer and petitions to The Lord. He intercedes and places Himself between us and The Throne of God, effectively pleading for us before God.

The Spirit is our Helper (Luke:11:1) and when we don’t know how we should pray John 14:16 “the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Ligonier.org The Works of R.C. Sproul

Blue Letter Bible

Six Ways to Hinder Your Prayer

Prayer from the Online Biblical Libray

The Prayer Foundation, George Mueller

24/7 Prayer Center-Blog

Bob Hostetler, One Prayer a Day

Pray Magazine, Pray Connect

International House of Prayer, Prayer Room

five top resources from Christianity today for Prayer

Prayer Ministry

Belief Net with Feed

I BELIEVE.com Inspirational site (with feed) for women

Praying in Color (feed)

Articles on Prayer

Four Truths about Prayer, from John Piper

Go to God for Strength in Difficult Times; Bible Scripture for prayer and inspiration

Rejoice in Hope, Be Patient in Tribulation, Be Constant in Prayer by John Piper

Draw Near to God in Prayer: John Calvin on The Definition and Effectiveness of Prayer, by Dr. Joel R. Beeke

Go to God for Strength in Difficult Times; Bible Scripture for prayer and inspiration

Drawing Near to God, The Saint’s Happiness by Richard Sibbes

Draw Near to God Through Prayer; John Calvin’s “Rules of Prayer”

Rejoice in Hope, Be Patient in Tribulation, Be Constant in Prayer by John Piper

Conforming to God’s Holiness from Ligonier Ministries of RC Sproul

Is Anything Too Hard For The Lord? Sermon from C.H.Spurgeon, 1888 Metropolitan Tabernacle

Draw Near to God in Prayer: John Calvin on The Definition and Effectiveness of

Prayer, by Dr. Joel R. Beeke

Draw Near to God in Prayer: John Calvin on The Definition and Effectiveness of Prayer, by Dr. Joel R. Beeke

The Spiritual Disciplines from Dallas Willard Introduction from The Beloved

The Name of Jesus by Kevin DeYoung from Ligonier Ministries

Christ in you, the hope of glory, magnificent commentary of life sanctified

Christian Life is more than just ‘Jesus and me.’ But not less. from David Mathis

Conforming to God’s Holiness from Ligonier Ministries of RC Sproul

To Live Upon God That is Invisible, suffering and service of John Bunyan by John Piper

Draw Near to God Through Prayer; John Calvin’s “Rules of Prayer”

Godly Meditation – A Duty for All Believers by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon

The Lord is my Sheperd Psalm 23 with Commentary by Charles H. Spurgeon

The Puritan Approach to Worship by J.I. Packer

Devotion and Prayer, Psalm 42:11

Prayer in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ” by Dr. John F. Walvoord

Prayers from by Linda Willows

A Calling to Pray into Faith

What is Honor in the Bible?”, from L.Willows with Prayer to Honor God

“Take Heart, be Strong, do not Give Up”, Scripture to Inspire, Prayer to Begin Again from L.Willows

“Living the Values of a Turned Heart” Scripture, word and prayer from L.Willows

“Finding Peace amidst the chaos of this world; Scripture and Prayer” from L.Willows

“Encouraged by Grace” Scripture and prayer from L.Willows

“Faith Stays! Bold Humility”, Notes and Scripture”, from L.Willows

“Seeking Peace and Trusting God” from L.Willows; Isaiah 26:3 and Prayer for Peace

“Our True Needs and The Call to See Jesus” from L.Willows

“Lord Have Mercy; a Mother’s Prayer”, a worship poem from L.Willows

“Eternity’s Prayer”, from L.Willows

“We are Comforted when our Hearts Mourn”, Promises of God for encouragement and Prayer from LWillows.

“Living the Values of a Turned Heart” Scripture, word and prayer from L.Willows

“Heavenly Father, May the Blessings that you have given bear fruit in us” our prayer in His Holy Name

“A Praise That Opens Like a Rainbow Before me” from LWillows

“Thanksgiving Prayer to God” 2018, from LWillows

“Gratitude Blessing” from LWillows

“Keep them Shepherded, Father, in the might of Your Care”, a prayer from LWillows

“Praising on This Holy Day”, A Christmas Prayer from The Beloved

Thanksgiving Prayer, “Holy Faith Forward”…offered by Linda Willows

“The Holiness of receiving”, a prayer from L.Willows

 

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