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The Bible and Prayer. Prayers to God, Promises of God, Word of God

The Bible and Prayer. Prayers to God, Promises of God, Word of God

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Without the Bible, the Word of God, our prayers have no foundation. See how to claim the promises of God and add life to your prayers. The Word of God is vital in prayer because the Bible reveals much about prayer.
Without the Bible, the Word of God, our prayers have no foundation. See how to claim the promises of God and add life to your prayers. The Word of God is vital in prayer because the Bible reveals much about prayer.

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 ==== ====If you'd like to find out more about how to pray why not check this article outhttp://ydyc.org/learn/prayers/the-bible-and-prayer-prayers-to-god-promises-of-god-word-of-god/  ==== ====The famous prayers found in the Bible deserve our close attention. The Model Prayer, Jesus' HighPriestly Prayer, and John's prayer at the end of the Bible are among the most important of thesenoteworthy prayers. We need to learn much from them about how we are to draw near to God. The Model Prayer In the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7), Jesus' most famous sermon, Jesus gave the ModelPrayer (Matt. 6:9-13; cf. Luke 11:1-4). This may be the most famous prayer of all. Although it isoften referred to as the Lord's Prayer, that designation is not the best because it is not a record ofwhat Jesus Himself prayed--it records what He taught His disciples to pray. Jesus began the Model Prayer by commanding His disciples about the manner in which they areto pray. He thus directed them concerning the key elements that should be a part of their prayerlife, but He did not say that they must always say these exact same words. The prayer pattern thatHe gave has two main sections in it. After addressing God as our heavenly Father, the first sectionhas three requests that focus on the interests of God Himself: Hallowed be Thy name.Thy kingdom come.Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. The second section then has three requests that more directly concern us: Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. The prayer then closes by saying, "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen." From the Model Prayer, we should learn to put God's interests first when we pray. Although weare also to make our needs known to God, we should have this right perspective in doing so.Using this model on a daily basis, we will fulfill one aspect of being a true disciple of Christ. Jesus' High Priestly Prayer Unlike the Model Prayer, Jesus' High Priestly Prayer (John 17:1-26) is a record of what Heactually prayed. If any prayer deserves to be called the Lord's Prayer, it is this one. As the GreatHigh Priest, He prayed for His own to the Father. It is the longest prayer of Jesus found in the
 
Bible and reveals much about the heart of Jesus and of God the Father. Many have ably analyzed this famous prayer; the three points found in the New Open Bible: StudyEdition is one good way to cover its key ideas: "Christ prays for Himself"; "Christ prays for Hisdisciples"; and, "Christ prays for all believers." (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990),1204. Using these main headings to organize our understanding of the prayer, we should learnsome major truths. Like the Model Prayer, Jesus began with a focus on the interests of God:"Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee" (17:1). The firstsection focuses on the glory of the Father and the Son in the remaining verses as well (five totaloccurrences of words concerned with glory in the section [17:1-5]). From both the Model Prayerand this prayer, we thus learn that we should focus on the glory of God in our prayers. The second section (17:6-19) includes several key ideas in Jesus' praying for His disciples. Hehighlighted His giving them the words that the Father gave Him, making known the Father's nameto them, and requesting that the Father would keep and sanctify them. We should learn to talk toGod about the words that He has given us and to thank Him for sending Jesus to make theFather's name known to us. We should also learn to ask the Father to protect us from the evil ofthe world and the evil one (note the parallel with the Model Prayer [Matt. 6:13]). Finally, we shouldalso ask Him to sanctify us through His truth. The final section (17:20-26) reveals Jesus' praying for all believers concerning their unity in theFather and the Son so that the world would believe that the Father sent Jesus. In this prayer, Healso prayed for their unity so that the world may know that the Father sent Jesus and loves theworld, as He has loved Jesus. Jesus requested as well that all believers might be with Him whereHe is so that they may behold His glory that the Father has given Him. Jesus concluded byspeaking of His making known the Father's name to believers so that the Father's love with whichHe has loved Jesus might be in them and that Jesus might be in them. We learn from this famous prayer that we must pray concerning the unity of all believers so thatthe world might know through that unity both Jesus as the God-sent One and the Father's love forthem. We should also ask to be with Jesus that we might behold His glory. We should request aswell both that the Father's love for Jesus and that Jesus Himself might be in us. From this sacred prayer, we see that Jesus focused on the glory of the Father and the Son both atits beginning and its ending. We need to learn to have the same focus in our praying. John's Closing Prayer The Bible ends with a promise by Jesus followed by another famous prayer and then a prayer-wish by the apostle John (Rev. 22:20-21). First, John records Jesus' final words by writing, "Hewhich testifieth these things saith, 'Surely I come quickly.'" John's response was to pray, "Amen.Even so, come Lord Jesus" (22:20). Saying this, John showed his desire for God's kingdom tocome. John's final prayer is thus based on this glorious promise from Jesus that He surely is comingsoon. We should also base our prayers on God's promises to us. Based on Jesus' final promise,we must especially express continually our agreement with that promise and our desire that itwould be so by adding our "Amen" and praying, "Even so, come Lord Jesus." When we do so, we

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