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“Essence of Prayer“
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Compiled by JS LOWTHER
Essence of Prayer
(Delivered on 1-29- (2021)
Opening Prayer Text from:
The LORD’s Prayer
When ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do:
for they think that they shall be heard
for their much speaking.
Be not ye therefore like unto them:
for your Father knoweth
what things ye have need of,
before ye ask him.
After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven.
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:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, forever.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Rom_8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
Rom 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Rom 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Rom 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Rom 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
Rom 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Today, as we beginning to exit this first Month, I have chosen to bring forth a message which I have had in waiting in my mind, but have arranged only recently for what I hope is for your edification, and that is the Essence of Prayer .
The Doctrine of Christian pray is a subject that is often taken as granted, because we clearly have already been taught in Roman’s that if we have the Spirit of God by the work of regeneration, that is the pouring out of the Spirit into heart which is accomplished by the work of God, then we should have access to true prayer, and that is true. But as we read in the scriptures, even the disciples and apostles of our Lord, which he had chosen face to face as well as had chosen snce the foundations of the world as he does with all saints, said to Jesus
Luk_11:1 …as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased… Lord, teach us to pray…
Now I believe that Mat 6:9 and here are two different accounts of this question asked by the disciples, and there are different elements which our Lord forwards in both texts, and that is what we see in the surrounding contexts but the core prayer and elements of the pattern of Prayer are the same:
Luk 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Luk 11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
Luk 11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
While in Mat 6 the contrast of the heathen and the saint is in scope, teaching that much words or loud words before men are not needed because you heavenly Father know everything you ask before you ask it, like wise Christ forwards the honesty of prayer before God, in that if our desire forgiveness and granted petition you must realize you must forgive and you must grant petition to those who seek it of you.
where as in the context of Luke 11 Jesus shows an example of a 2 friends one is in bed, it is late and the other has a traveler come to visit after hours and needs bread to feed the visitor and knocks of the door of his sleeping friend and although he is a sleep and would rather not the insistence of his friend wills him to rise and give him as many loaves as he needeth.
A thing often over looked is that the friend needing bread is desiring to serve the traveler, not himself, that is in accordance with biblical hospitality which is the will of God this man begs his friend to furnish him with the ability to provide hospitality according to God’s will.
Also he says
Luk_11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
Luk 11:12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
Luk 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Since the fall of man a form of communication with the Lord has been lost, in that man no longer communicates with God as clearly as he once had, in the book of Genesis we hear the voice of the Godhead say:
Gen 2:18 ….It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Gen_2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
But this is not what hear of in Romans 8, and this is not what is available to all Christians in communication.
And for the reasons the LORD has chosen, He had decided that it is better for man to seek after the Lord by prayer and supplication rather than have open communication as we see between Adam and the LORD or as we see between God and particular holy or selected out prophets.
But yet, even when see that a prophet (Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah or Daniel) can communicate with God at times, that prophet nevertheless utilize the same prayer as we have access to at other times.
We should be a people that are familiar with the way in which YHWH desires us to pray, in this way while we may not have knowledge of all that we need as the Spirit intercedes for us, we should nevertheless be a people who understand how Almighty God wants us to prayer and come before him in supplication and petition, to have the mind he desires us to have before his throne.
Now in our usual reader, the KJV, we will often read the phrase ‘I pray thee’ and while this is a biblical way in which God is some time entreated, it descriptive of interacting with one we beg from more than it is describing the act we are engaged in, for instance:
Psa_119:76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.
H4994 -Na to Beg, or plead
A primitive root; to judge (officially or mentally); by extension to intercede, pray: – intreat, judge (-ment), (make) pray (-er, -ing), make supplication.
From H6419; intercession, supplication; by implication a hymn: – prayer.
From G4314 and G2172; to pray to God, that is, supplicate, worship: – pray (X earnestly, for), make prayer.
Gen 20:7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.
Gen_20:17 So Abraham prayed H6419 unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.
Mat_5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Psa_141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Psa_102:1 A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD. Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.
Psa_102:17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
Psa_88:2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;
Psa_88:13 But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.
Psa_86:1 A Prayer of David. Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.
Psa_86:6 Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
Psa_5:2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
Psa_5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
Psa_17:1 A Prayer of David. Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.
Psa_39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
Psa_6:9 The LORDH3068 hath heardH8085 my supplication;H8467 the LORDH3068 will receiveH3947 my prayer.H8605
G1162 – de-esis
From H2603; graciousness; causatively entreaty: – favour, grace, supplication.
Psa 25:1 A Psalm of David. Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
Psa 25:2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
Psa 25:3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
Psa 25:4 Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Psa 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Psa 25:6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
Psa 25:7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.
Psa 25:8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
Psa 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
Psa 25:10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
Psa 25:11 For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
Psa 25:12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
Psa 25:13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
Psa 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
Psa 25:15 Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
Psa 25:16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
Psa 25:17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
Psa 25:18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
Psa 25:19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
Psa 25:20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
Psa 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
Psa 25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
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