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9/2/2015 ~ Prayer


Without spirit, there is no light.
Spirit expires without light.
Prayer adds depth of spirit inviting the light.
Prayer is a humble heart opening event.


"... pray to your Father who is in the secret place ..." ~ Matthew 6:5-6

Encounters with God come from the bottom of oneís heart in private.
They are most intimately genuine, in honest and open-submission,
exposing the whole of your soul. Fools expect to be seen
by others rather than heard by God. Pride is a hypocrites
Achilles heel and it is oneís nemesis to righteousness.


"And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. ..."
~ Matthew 6:7-8


Vain self-seeking shallow prayers are not what God seeks;
He seeks genuine humble trusting souls. Is asking for stuff more
important than asking for life? He knows our deepest needs.


"And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
~ Matthew 21:22


As a matter of belief, it is trust that eternally releases the love He offers.
He is the caretaker. He supplies what we need to rise in Him.


... he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain ...
~ James 5:17-18


In the deserts of life's challenges, in which we all encounter,
thereby comes the true tests and resolve that reveals a faithful heart,
... or not. Belief sharpens the depth of peace.


... if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. ... ~ 1st John 5:14-15

Godís will is perfect, and what is required for honest prayer
is submission, in a relationship, trusting He knows best.
His sees all and wills accordingly.


"Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.
The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." ~ Matthew 26:41


Trust can be challenged in the weakness of our flesh,
especially as sorrows splash across our bow.


... 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.
~ Romans 8:26


Knowing He helps us more than we can help ourselves is what He looks
for in our faith in Him. Again, trusting He knows exactly what we need, for
our greatest benefit, though we can be oblivious and unaware of those
needs, is Godís superseding knowledge from heaven. Delusions abound
in many, if not all; a blinding darkness for the mire of humanities constant
clear confusion. We all need His help in leading us to become, in a life
living the best one can be. To be in God is to achieve nothing greater.


... fell on His face, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, ... ~ Matthew 26:39-41

Suffering tests oneís reliance upon Him.

Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, "O My Father, ..."
~ Matthew 26:42-43


The flesh is a wearisome encounter for all.

So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time,
saying the same words. ... ~ Matthew 26:44-45


In sorrow sleep is an escape from the brutal.
God wants to hear our earnest beseechments and this is not the
same as vain repetitive prayer. God wants serious seeking hearts,
not just bobbling heads; automatons narrating useless programed
ramblings; hail Mary bops. The deepest of prayers are not rehearsed,
but surface as the times arise. In apparent unanswered prayers, He asks
we not give up our cries but continue in our greatest concerns of heart.


... be serious and watchful in your prayers. ~ 1st Peter 4:7

The message Jesus brings to us is to be vigilant,
not neglecting humble prayer, which comforts, in the face of hardship.
It can not be overstated that being in God is not just a casual event.
Many mask true serious worship with faux gospel messages,
embracing social frolickings void of correct focus on God.


... continued all night in prayer to God. ... ~ Luke 6:12-13

Jesus prayed long and earnestly, especially in the face of important
decisions ahead. How does our convictions bear up depending upon
the guidance of God and His word? Habitual sin often neglects prayer,
especially in acknowledging accountability. To believe in God is not
a short term temporary exercise. Selective hearing is like selective
prayers if we do not open our hearts up to His will. One must
ask for His help if clarity of thought is truly to be had.


"... pray for those who spitefully use you." ~ Luke 6:28

Forgiving the anger of those that hate releases oneís heart to find peace.

"But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing ...
For He is kind to the unthankful and evil." ~ Luke 6:35


Kindness is holiness.

... went up on the mountain to pray. ~ Luke 9:28

Often, when important prayers were made, Jesus went off
to areas of isolation. These times of deepest prayer come
to one alone in the wilderness of humanity's chaos.


"... pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."
~ Luke 10:2


Within this vast quagmire of humanity, the Lord looks for those that
would help in drawing others to Him. We all need the help of one another,
over the attacks that more often drive civilizations to their demise.
Without caring hearts, oblivion approaches. It is a call to love
the fields of His creation and awaken those to itsí being.


... "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples."
~ Luke 11:1-4


Jesus expressed that prayer should regard God in the highest, thanking
Him for His mercy, though we do not deserve it, while maintaining a soft
heart free of darkness. It is in His light that the heart is made lite.


... men always ought to pray and not lose heart, ... ~ Luke 18:1-8

Conviction to oneís own genuine humble sincerity, in prayer, continually,
reaps the reward of knowing He will deliver, while enduring oppressive
life in the flesh. A true heart can only be defined as openly confessing all
to God, in His light, free of the secret shadows of man or his perceived
pompous superiority. None of us deserve His mercy and the endowment
of His blessed grace. He wonders if true hearts, devoted to Him,
can remain, over devotion to man and his organizations.
Will man be able to bear up in His truth and flourish upon His
obvious absence. Mortal life is in truth a test of soul conviction.


"... everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and
he who humbles himself will be exalted." ~ Luke 18:10-14


Arrogance and judgment of others in prayer is
not the kind of prayers God looks for. Prayer is not a place of cursing.
Humble hearts speaking directly to Him is what touches His attention.


"... pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things
that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man." ~ Luke 21:34-36


The temporary cares of this world can only lead to limited
if not empty returns; endlessly challenged, if void of His higher truths.
Asking to be worthy in all obedient goodness, in His presence,
how could a soul ask or seek for more?


... "Pray that you may not enter into temptation." ... ~ Luke 22:39-42

Great release and comfort is found in submitting in prayer,
to His will being done. Praying for sin to be kept away, from oneís life,
helps in oneís ability to endure and withstand the temptations that all flesh
encounter. It is an affirmation of not giving up, and asking for His help in
strengthening the spirit to withstand wickedness. Evil that sickens all
who would be decent engulfs the world.


... being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. ... ~ Luke 22:43-46

Jesus calls all not to neglect earnest prayers, as they are the shield
of the spirit. He implores us not to ignore His call to rise in holiness.
Tribulation tests our resolve and should increase our prayer life,
rather than succumbing to escaping pleasures of the flesh
only diving deeper into the pits of despair.


... And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and
fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. ~ Acts 2:42


Continuing in prayers is what make oneís relationship with God genuine.
Temporary cannot replace that which is permanent.


... that your prayers may not be hindered. ~ 1st Peter 3:7

Peace with those close at home establishes a foundation
for deeper prayers of heart. Pray for settling of turmoil.


"... For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers; ..." ~ 1st Peter 3:12


It is goodness that is a prerequisite for God to hear the brilliance
of honest souls. Qualities of the virtuous embedded in righteousness
include all that is just and good, morally obedient to God, blameless
in Christ. Conniving and contemptuous hearts are left alone to
fend for themselves, absent of His illuminating truths.


Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another,
that you may be healed. ... ~ James 5:16


Healing of the spirit is much more effective if done in union with others.
One cannot heal in secret, and only open in His light has redeeming force.
A transparent heart is a happy heart in the face of any affliction.


The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
~ Proverbs 15:29


Righteousness and obedience to the word is so crucial if one wants
prayers to be acknowledged by God. He has established right over wrong
and it should be no surprise to those that choose to rebel in constructions
of their own. Fame has no value if not in the truth of His rising light.


... God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God
and does His will, He hears him." ~ John 9:31


And it is by adhering to God's will that the spirit is rewarded.
The epiphany of highest prayer comes by thankful praise,
... in the midst of all circumstances.


Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
~ Ephesians 5:17


Our union in prayer is unceasing for the true saint.
When are we told not to commune with God?


... pray without ceasing, ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:17

His light reaches down to touch us all with His truth.

Glorifying
God
  In Faith    
Not Doubting         
In Solitary      
For Faith
not to Fail
      
      Without
  Ceasing
  In Your
Secret Place
  For the Word
to be Glorified
          Not to
be Seen
    For Godly
Laborers
   Continually   Not in Vain
Repetition
    According
to His Will
           
        Upon
Important
Decisions
         With All
Perseverance
To be
Heard
The Coming
of His Will

Always  
         
Unrelentingly
   
   For
Strength to
Stand in Him
                 
Believing Rising   To Give
Thanks
    PRAY Cry
Aloud
 
    Trusting Him       
Earnestly   For
Prosperity
For Daily
Needs
 
  Serious     For Peace
at Home
 
Watchful      For One
Another
      Heartís
Desire
         
    For a
Loving Heart
      For Quiet
Peaceable Life
In Comforting
Surroundings
       For Love
        For Wise
Understanding
      For Enemies  
  For
Healing
       Safe
From Evil
 
      For
Forgiveness
Worthy to
Escape
            
  In
Agony
For the
Sick
      Free of
Temptation
Not For Evil
Pleasures
  Humble
Confession
 


To reject His ways in prayer
is to find only darkness without Him.

Darkness holds to nowhere.


 

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