to pray. Butfew actually do! And fewer,
they should pray, and
what toexpect as the
Prayer is stressed
the Bible, but neglectedby many because so few realize the
Prayer today has degenerated into a ritualof words
form, a ceremony, a vain liturgyof sanctimonious phraseology
obligation uithout a purpose!
empty prayers!You have heard that powerful, believingprayer can move mountains, heal incurablediseases and raise the dead. Prayer was effec-tive
the apostles, hut too manyChristians will admit their prayers aren’t doingmuch today
anything!You may know
to pray. But many ofthose who know
ON’TPRAY!They don’t grasp the vital reason
you know what?
n the first
Prayer is a personal, intimate, understandingcommunication with God Almighty. And prayeris intended to help you achieve your
in life-the very
purpose for which
Without meaningful, active and
prayer, you can never hope to be born intoGod’s Kingdom. Continuing prayer is a
to your salvation. And prayer, to be effec-tive, must be continual, fervent contact withyour Creator
you expect to receive His gift ofeternal life.Knowing the goal of salvation (covered inLessons
and receiving the faith
God to achieve it (Lesson
will get you
a good start. But a good start is not a guar-antee of a good finish!In order to complete
you must pray
Maintaining constant close contact
withGod Himself is absolutely essential to your sal-vation.
without God’s instant help, youcan’t overcome the downward pulls
yourhuman nature which lead to
The glory of God’s Kingdom can be attained
with God’s personal help through HisHOLY SPIRIT, But you must
Pray to Overcome HumanNature
Does God warn that He does not hearthose who
ransgressed God’s per-fect spiritual law
nd therefore come short ofHis glory?
Does the apostle Paul show that no oneis righteous
However,does He hear the prayers
Do we sin because the
of the carnalmind we are born with
against God andHis spiritual laws? Rom.
hich the Bible refers
as figurativelyrepresenting the basic motives and intentions ofour carnal minds -wicked and deceitful
who is Creator of all things,reveal that He has created
as well as good?Isa.
Then wasn’t it God who created ourhuman hearts,
minds, which are prone to evil?
See also Mat.
urders, adul-teries, fornications, thefts, covetousness
of evil thoughts conceived inthe mind. They begin in our desperately treach-erous and deceitful hearts (our minds) whichare subject to
That’s whatGod says in His Word. He ought to know. Hecreated our minds!God has actually given man a nature whichis essentially the same as the devil’s. And fora great and wonderful purpose-as we shallsoon see.
Even though God has created the evilpropensity of human nature in us, is there
Why has God made us thisway? Has He purposed to
us from thebondage
our corruptible human nature andbring
into His glorious kingdom? Verse
COMMENT:od is creating a wonderful, eter-nal and glorious Family in
And He is accomplishing it out of humanclay.
was God who placed human nature-with its propensity towards evil
that we will
it with the