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God Centred Praying

God Centred Praying

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GOD-CENTRED PRAYING
Zac Poonen
Copyright - Zac Poonen (1990)This book has been copyrighted to prevent misuse. It should not be reprinted or translated without written permission from the author.Permission is however given for any part of this book to be downloaded and printed  provided it is for FREE distribution, provided NO ALTERATIONS are made, provided the AUTHOR'S NAME AND ADDRESS are mentioned,and provided this copyright notice is included in each printout.For further details, please contact:Christian Fellowship Church40, DaCosta Square ,Wheeler Road Extension, Bangalore-560084, India.
CONTENTS
 * This Book and You1. How Not to Pray2. God Who is Our Father3. The Glory of God's Name4. The Kingdom of God5. The Will of God6. Our Physical Needs7. Forgiveness of Sins
 
8. Freedom from Evil9. To God be the Glory
 Our Father Who art in heaven,Hallowed be Thy name.Thy kingdom come.Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors.And do not lead us into temptation,but deliver us from evil.For Thine is the kingdom,and the power,and the glory,forever.Amen.
THIS BOOK AND YOU 
 There are two essentials to effective prayer.The first is that we must have a God-given BURDEN. Prayer is like a circle that beginsand ends in God. The first half of that circle is God giving us a burden in our heartsthrough the Holy Spirit. The second half of the circle is our praying that God-inspiredprayer back to our Father. Thus the circle is complete. This is what it means to `pray inthe Spirit'.The second essential is FAITH. God expects us to trust Him. We dishonour Him byunbelief - because unbelief implies that God is less considerate towards us than earthlyfathers are towards their children.Prayer is not really prayer in God's ears, if our petitions originate only in our minds or onour tongues. It is only when they are the deepest longings of our hearts, that they becometrue prayer.Prayer is essentially a matter of life. And the effectiveness of our prayers will dependupon the righteousness of our life. True righteousness makes a man God-centred. That
 
means that he begins to "look at things from God's viewpoint" (Col. 1:9 - Paraphrase). Heis no longer looking at people or things or circumstances from a human viewpoint (2 Cor.5:16). All these may remain unchanged around him. But the God-centred man has movedup to the heavenlies, and now looks at everyone and everything the way God looks atthem.Only such a man can pray according to the mind of God.God meant prayer to be to our spirits what breathing is to our bodies. Breathing is aneffortless activity that we are engaged in all the time. We don't need books to teach ushow to breathe! In fact, when breathing becomes difficult for us, it's a sign of somesickness!That doesn't mean prayer is not strenuous work. Jesus prayed "with loud crying andtears" (Heb. 5:7). The apostles "laboured earnestly in their prayers" (Col. 4:12). Allwholehearted Christians will find prayer to be the same, for "our struggle is againstspiritual forces of wickedness" (Eph. 6:12). But when prayer becomes a dreary ritual, it'sa sure sign that the patient has `spiritual asthma'!Such believers are sick. And they need to realise it. What they need to be cured is notmore teaching on how to pray but some teaching on re-orienting their priorities in life.That's what this book is all about.When we are centred in God and have our priorities right, we'll be healed of this `asthma'.Prayer will still be mingled with loud crying and tears, and there will still be travail andstruggle, but it won't be a ritual any longer. It will be a delight and a joy.If you want such a life, read on.............
 Zac Poonen
 
CHAPTER ONE
 HOW NOT TO PRAY
"When you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray inthe synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you,they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, andwhen you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father whosees in secret will repay you.

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