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Do we still need to pray? Consider this:
And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. (Matthew 6:7-8) NKJ
If God already knows what we need before we ask, why ask? Just give it to us and we're all happy.
What are thoughts? Share some wisdom on this topic.
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Prayer is our way of talking to God. Prayer to a god or gods is a feature of many religions, but here we will focus on the biblical teaching about prayer and some of its implications. A classic definition of Christian prayer is “an offering up of our desires to God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies” (Westminster Shorter Catechism). Quite simply, in prayer we can talk to God and he, in turn, can talk to us. Through prayer, we discover the will of God. Thus, prayer should be a vital part of every Christian’s life.
The New Testament’s teaching on prayer is dominated by Jesus Christ’s own example and teaching. His dependence on his Father expresses itself in repeated prayer, culminating in his High Priestly prayer in John 17, the agony of Gethsemane, and the prayer from the cross. His teaching on prayer, particularly in the Sermon on the Mount, contrasts with the Jewish practices at that time. Prayer is an expression of sincere desire. It is not to inform God of matters that he would otherwise be ignorant of, and the validity of prayer is not affected by length or repetitiveness. Private prayer is to be discreet and secret (Matthew 6:5-15).
@Joe Bose..PRAYER..Is it still vital for the 21st century christan ?
I have asked the same question to myself ? If we are going to share the word of God to others--Would you class this the best question or appropriate question[ someone or anyone] asked to those who are looking to follow Jesus ?
Secondly,God speak to us through His own words--THE BIBLE, and what way way we talk to God BY PRAYER.
Would you keep quite if you and i want something ?---He know what we need, and we only get it if we ask--through PRAYER.
You ask the question.PRAYER. Is it still vital for the 21st centery christan ? and later on the message--you start a paragaraph by saying--Prayer is the way of talking to God. Are you trying to confused others ?? Their is only one God---the CREATOR, What other gods you trying to mention pliz ??
Why not saying PRAYER IS VITAL?
Thank you Watchman for thought provoking insights on this topic.
In communicating with God is prayer the only means to do so? If God knows the intent(s) of our hearts and sometimes He honours it even before we pray, what does that tells us about God?
Mahatma Gandhi, father of modern India, described prayer as:
"Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. There is no peace without the grace of God, and there is no grace of God without prayer.
Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action. Undoubtedly, prayer requires a living faith in God.
Heartfelt prayer steadies one’s nerves, humbles one and clearly shows one the next step."
Yes....prayer is still vital for the me a 21st Century Christian!!!
Vinaka Nite? sa yawa o Ghandi???
Sa yawa talega o kemui [ emeni lol ]
Thank you Reapi for your wonderful thoughts on this subject.
Do we only pray because we have a need?
JB I pray because I am thankful, I pray because I believe in a being that will listen, and I pray because I praise him who is highest and whose love envelopes all regardless of creed, race, belief or color!!!!!!!!!!
So no we should not pray only because we have a need.....
Thank you for clarifying that.
Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him.