The foundation of prayer is our walk with God. In fact, walking with God is prayer. When I walk with God, I am not simply using my spiritual legs; I am communing with God through mouth, mind, heart, soul, and spirit, by believing and obeying Him.
If we believe and obey, we walk in the light and we have fellowship with Him, because He is the Light. To pray is to have fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. I can only walk with Him if I am in agreement with Him. If I disagree with God on any matter, it is I who needs correction, because there is no darkness with Him, no lack of knowledge or wisdom. As I walk with Him, He teaches, disciplines, and chastens me, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me from all unrighteousness.
Prayer is not only asking God for things; it is much more. It is the action or process of communing with God, talking to Him, acknowledging His presence, and getting acquainted with Him and His Kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven. It is much like getting seriously acquainted with others, except with a reverence or fear one does not have with others. God is not to be taken lightly.
The First Commandment is, “You shall Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength.”
Jesus said, “He that has My Commandments and keeps Them is the one who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21).
God only hears those who are true worshippers of Him.
If I love God, I will do as He says. If I do as He says, He will manifest Himself to me. As I do what He says, I walk with Him, and He manifests Himself to me. Otherwise, how can I walk with Him? What does it mean that He manifests Himself to me if not that He hears and answers? And if He manifests Himself because I love Him and keep His commandments, will He not also respond to me and grant me the petitions that I make of Him? If I err in my petitions, will He not correct and spare me? Would He give His infant child a pair of scissors if the child asked for them (Luke 11:9-13)? But He is faithful and His promises are sure, and He will always grant me that which I ask or need according to His love toward me.
God does not hear sinners. He only hears those who are true worshippers of Him, those who worship Him in spirit and in truth, not in works or religiosity or in their own righteousness (Luke 18:10-14). If I come to God, I must know that I am unworthy, and that I can receive nothing of Him except by His mercy and because it is His will to give it to me.
We can never do anything for God apart from Him. Jesus, the Son of God Himself said, “Without the Father, the Son can do nothing” (John 5:19), contrary to many religious self-appointed helpers of God who say, “Without me, the Father can do nothing.” To believe and obey Him is to worship Him in spirit and truth, and He is the Author and Finisher of our faith.
If we believe and obey, our prayer life is taken care of.
Regarding making requests, here are some things to be pointed out (though if you believe and obey, all else is automatically taken care of):
God expects us to ask at times (Matthew 7:7; James 4:2). I say “at times” because He has granted me many a thing for which I have not asked.
We must ask believing we will receive. This is not a matter of will power or concentration so much as a spiritual witness within, an assurance and peace that what we ask for is His will and, therefore, as good as done (I John 5:14-15). This is faith. Read James 1:5-8.
There must be right motive in asking. If we ask something of God with selfish motive, we will receive nothing. Read James 4:1-4. Many requests may appear good on the surface, but God knows the heart. I may pray for the salvation of a loved one, not because I genuinely want to see that one saved, in Christ, but because I am not willing to forsake that one for Christ. This brings us back to our foundation of prayer, namely, our walk with God. Are we obeying Him? If we believe and obey, our prayer life is automatically taken care of.
We must be earnest. The prayers of tears and strong crying are the prayers He hears. Read James 5:16-18. I do not speak of the kind of strong crying and tears Pentecostals and others are reputed to produce. Those are the ways of Baal worshippers, who think they can drag God down out of Heaven by their hypocritical imitations of sincerity and earnestness. I speak of an inner brokenness that may not necessarily manifest itself in outward terms, and it be conjured up. God does not acknowledge half-heartedness.
God deals with the real issues. He does not acknowledge matters which are unimportant in His judgment though they may be important to the petitioner.
We need to learn to recognize answers when we get them. A prayer may have been answered, though appearing not to be.
We must be clear of sin in approaching God and expecting Him to grant His ear. We need to walk in His righteousness, not our own, obeying. God does not hear sinners (John 9:31). Jesus said, “He that sent Me is with Me: the Father has not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him” (John 8:29). The Lord advises us to be right with our brothers and sisters in Christ, or anyone else for that matter, before we approach Him in worship or prayer (Matthew 5:23-24).
We must have the right (not in ourselves) to ask for what we ask. It may be God’s will to heal me or to baptize me in His Spirit, but is it necessarily His will to answer me directly? Does not James say, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him….” If someone has a gift of healing, it will be required of that one to minister the gift to others, and others should avail themselves of that person in the Lord.
If we pray as we ought, ask according to God’s will, and believe that He has heard and will answer, then we ought to thank Him for having heard and granted our requests (Philippians 4:6). In many cases you will find yourself automatically rejoicing and thanking Him because of the assurance you have received. Nevertheless, in time of trial, you may have to make the effort.
There are times when you will not feel thankful, but give thanks all the same. Is that hypocritical? Not if you genuinely want to thank and be thankful, though you don’t feel like it. We have learned that when we grit our teeth in difficult times and thank God (“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” – I Thess. 5:18), though we are not thankful, we soon become thankful. We see the purpose for our sufferings in the fruits that result in our betterment. Thank God, and you’ll see, in due time, the reason for the thanksgiving. In other words, you’ll be thankful.
To know how to pray is to walk with God daily in all things.
Often, even before the prayer is answered, God gives us thankfulness when we thank Him. It is one of His many miracles. Many times we find strength to go on simply by thanking God for the circumstances we found so difficult and unpleasant. We discover that our greatest curses are our greatest blessings, if only we will submit to the will and sovereignty of God and trust Him.
When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1), He gave an example (not a canned prayer). He did not only give them “The Lord’s Prayer,” for this example is also found in the middle of a discourse in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7. This whole discourse well describes the walk with God. Again, to know how to pray is to walk with God daily in all things. These 3 chapters in Matthew are the answer of the Lord to the disciples who asked Him to teach them how to pray. Luke included only a portion of what Matthew recorded. These men recorded as was given them according to the leading of the Spirit of God. Each Gospel gives a portion, and the four Gospels together give the sum ordained of God for us. Read Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7.
To whom do we pray? Such horrible confusion out there that I should have to answer such a question! Scrap the notion of a trinity. And for this statement the religious in certain quarters damn me as a heretic. I pray to the Lord. Who is the Lord? Jesus Christ. Isaiah says He is also our Father (Isaiah 9:6). There is only one Lord (Ephesians 4:5). Pray to Him as I do and as does Stephen (Acts 7:59-60). When I hear Him, I hear only One voice, not three, and it is the Lord’s!
The rebellious heart seeks to avoid submission.
What of receiving the Spirit? Luke says that God will give the Holy Spirit to them who ask. But asking in itself, as we have already seen, is not always enough. Do you not think Philip would have gladly imparted the Spirit to the Samaritans if he could (Acts 8:5-17)? Why did the Samaritans not ask for themselves? Peter and John, having heard that the Samaritans had not received, came down and laid hands on them to receive the Spirit. God has His order of things.
The religious nominal Christians like to speak of the priesthood of the believer; they treasure their independence and claim that they can go to the Father directly, without the mediation of any other. This is an over-reaction to the tyranny of the Catholic Church, which abused and perverted principles of truth for their own ends. It is also the reaction of a rebellious heart that seeks to avoid submission and does not wish to acknowledge the need of another, especially, and in essence, ironically, God Himself.
And what of the laying on of hands in prayer? The elders prayed over the sick, Peter and John laid hands on the Samaritans, Paul laid hands on the Ephesians to receive the Spirit, Jairus asked Jesus to lay hands on his daughter, and Paul reminded Timothy of the gift imparted to him by the laying on of hands by the elders. Obviously God sanctioned such a practice, though it was not always required. Jesus did not lay hands on all He healed. Cornelius and the Gentiles received the Spirit without the laying on of hands, though Peter had to come and preach to them. But God leads His servants as He wills and they are found doing what is necessary.
We are admonished to be reverent and not careless in the presence of God.
Prayers (requests) are often, if not always, inspired by God. I ask because I am given to ask and, if given so, I will receive. The question is, “Is it my request or is God giving me to ask?” This we learn by the Spirit of God. If it is a request of the flesh (which is always contrary to God), it won’t be answered, or if it is answered, we will be sorry, as when the Israelites lusted for meat and God gave it to them, destroying them while it was yet in their mouths. Again, it comes back to our walk with God.
We are admonished by Solomon in Ecclesiastes to be sober, reverent, and not hasty or careless in the presence of God. Read Ecclesiastes 5:1-7.
Notice, though I have said we will not receive an answer from God unless our motives are right, yet I just gave an example of where the Israelites were given their request of God even though they asked out of lust. Many died when they were granted their request. Beware what you ask of God, especially if you are persistent. He may give it to you, and you may regret it.
God performs His will in spite of our selfish requests.
The Israelites asked for a king to rule over them, as other nations had, and received one from God. God and Samuel were grieved by their request, yet not only did God give them a king, but Jesus Christ became known as the son of one of those kings, David (Matthew 9:27; 12:23; 15:22; 20:30). So here is an example of where God reigns over all and performs His will in spite of ourselves and our selfish requests. Who can understand?
Paul says: “The Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He Who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to God’s will” (Romans 8:26-27).
Disproving the doctrine of three Gods or a trinity, one never finds in the Scriptures where it is said, “This is the Father speaking,” or, “This is the Spirit speaking,” but one will find the Lord Jesus identifying Himself as to Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9) and to John in Revelation (Revelation 1:8,11,18). Throughout the Old Testament, it is, “Thus says the Lord.” Paul says it was Christ in the Old Testament Who was the Rock and Who was tempted in the wilderness by the Israelites (1 Corinthians 10:4,9). It was God; it was the Lord; it was Jesus Whose Name is not only Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace, but also Everlasting Father, the Alpha and Omega, the First and Last, the Beginning and End.
I used to have a prayer list I went through every day and week, over and over and over… until answered. Those prayers were not answered in many or most cases. I was a heathen praying repetitively. Are you doing the same? Don’t you think that God, Who made the ear to hear, is quite capable of hearing? But you repeat yourself over and over for only one reason: You don’t believe! You don’t believe He hears, and you don’t believe He will answer. Repetitious prayers are not prayers inspired of God, of course, because God is not so foolish as to repeat Himself over and over again as though He didn’t exist or was Someone stubborn and heedless.
God’s ear is ever open to those who are His.
“But what about the importunate widow (Luke 18) and Daniel (Daniel 10) who persisted?” you may ask. The answer is that Jesus already made it quite clear that nobody will be heard for their much speaking. But these were heard, so it must be for a reason other than repetition. Jesus is not in error, and neither are the Scriptures.
Persistence and faith is the answer. The woman would not lose heart. She had faith. Daniel had faith. He didn’t keep on asking. He was simply steadfast in his request. It is also recorded that the delayed answer was not because he had to keep asking, but because Gabriel was stalled by adversaries. Daniel’s request was heard the first day he made it. Why? Because he was a man greatly beloved of God. He walked with God. He obeyed and believed. God’s ear is ever open to those who are His. The widow trusted in justice. God is just; He will never deny anyone justice.
It is important to know that God loves us, and He is eager to grant us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4). If you have children, do you not desire to give them good things (Luke 11:13)? If you don’t have children, at least you have been a child. Have you not experienced your parents’ desire to give you good things? If not, God desires to do so (Matthew 7:11; Luke 12:32; Romans 8:32). God is love. And we experience His love by walking with Him, which is prayer.
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Subject: ‘Guess Who Appreciates Satan’ From: David To: The Path of Truth Date: 11/24/2015 1:42 PM Hi, I came across your website not by accident, chance or choice but by determination of seeking out an opinion that aligns closely to how I too view God's word. Although I've read many of your teachings, there is one so far that has stood out amongst them the title is "Guess who appreciates Satan" I have been seeing this for years but haven't been able to piece it together so I could show those that have eyes could also see it. So a big thank you for doing it. It also states in scripture (Gen 1:26) that God made man in the image and OUR likeness and this task wasn't completed until AFTER they ate the fruit, God confirms this in Gen 3:22 to which many followers miss. Gen 3:24 also shows us that there were others also in the garden as well and along with Gen 3:1 we can now piece together to whom God was referring to when he was talking about making man in the image and likeness of US. Anyway, this is a fantastic website for all to enjoy and learn. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, David from Brisbane, Australia. From: Paul Cohen Sent: Sunday, November 29, 2015 4:42 PM To: David Cc: Victor Hafichuk Subject: "Guess Who Appreciates Satan" Thank you, David, for letting us know you’re out there receiving some of the good things the Lord has given us at The Path of Truth. Bless His Name! Continue exploring what is available on our site – the...
English – Spanish – Chinese 我們收到了這封信： 維克多， 我的名字是丹尼爾，我也曾與菲利普會面並一起工作過。我正在閱讀你和保羅的電子郵件，我注意到您在哪裡說：「我知道，在『基督教』世界裡，有很多不好的文學作品，教導謊言，例如，那些沒有得救的人永受折磨教義。從未有過比這更醜陋的謊言。這是對上帝的本性和品格的誹謗。」您是在說您不相信地獄或永恆的詛咒嗎？我不明白您在說什麼。此外，在您給菲利普的電子郵件中，我注意到一種沮喪的語氣，幾乎到了責罵的程度。您認為這種語氣是一種愛和關懷，是對菲利普的造就和鼓勵嗎？ 丹尼爾 我們憑信心而活，而不是憑眼見。 維克多和保羅的回覆： 嗨丹尼爾， 你來信的結尾 (「我們憑信心而活，而不是憑眼見」) 本質上就是我們告訴菲利普的。你認不出來嗎？我認為你發送該聲明是我們給他的信的結果。我可能是錯的，但如果是對的，諷刺的是你會把它發給我們。 我認為你相信一個永恆的、折磨人的地獄。雖然聖經清楚地表明地獄的存在，但不是在大多數新教或天主教圈子中所宣揚的地獄。大多數人發現或將發現自己身處的地獄是一種黑暗和晦澀的狀態，是死者的地方，他們「一無所知」(儘管他們可能認為自己知道)。他們在屬靈上對上帝是無意識的。 當然，在黑暗中，與上帝的靈隔絕，那裡有無知、懼怕、缺乏理解、拜偶像和束縛，更不用說折磨。但是在來世是否有字面的、身體上的懲罰之火？沒有。地獄會永遠存在嗎？不 (啟示錄 20:14)。有沒有像詹姆士王欽定版翻譯的那樣「永遠的詛咒，」即與上帝「永永遠遠」的隔絕？沒有。閱讀“永遠”、“永久”、和“地獄”的真正聖經含義。 只有上帝是不朽的，以及那些祂授予的人。永恆的詛咒和折磨是邪惡、異教思想的編造，試圖向人們灌輸恐懼，以控制他們。天主教會，從君士坦丁開始，使用這種可怕的教義，而新教徒繼續利用使用它。上帝不會通過恐懼來獲勝。 如果你看一下希伯來語和希臘語翻譯成英語的「地獄」和「永遠」這兩個詞，它們沒有提到一個沒有盡頭的狀態。關於這些問題，我有很多文章可以發給你。目前，閱讀我們《萬物的復興》的部分，你還可以閱讀惡魔般的教義；你應該特別閱讀永無止境的折磨。 你可能想(或不想) 閱讀的另一篇文章是：邪教的真實標記，並考慮你的立場。 丹尼爾，我懷疑當你幾乎還沒有觸及我們的著作時，你不會同意它們，但它們是真實的、符合聖經的、由上帝教導的，那些不同意這些教義的人不是上帝派來傳教的。他們是出於自己的公義和假定而宣講的，對他們聲稱代表的唯一的那個是一無所知。 判斷了我對菲利普說話的語氣後，你問：「您認為這種語氣是一種愛和關懷，是對菲利普的造就和鼓勵嗎？」對於這個問題，我的回答：「是的，」我很清楚你不會那樣理解上帝的愛。就在今天，我 (部分)寫信給另一個人： 「事實上，人將他人吸引到上帝面前的行為恰好是敵基督靈的一個顯著特徵。人假設他們在基督裡的，認為他們可以通過『在他們裡面的光』來『愛』人歸神，因此，他們以『能力作見證。』事實是，他們以他們的愛作證歸給自己，同時在宣告祂的名。舊約或新約都沒有記載聖徒通過愛他們贏得任何人到上帝面前…無處，甚至是與耶穌。這就是敵基督的靈。」 你可以閱讀的有關該主題的文章有： 虛假宗教人士喜愛那憎恨(拒絕)上帝 上帝只說出柔和的話語嗎？ 竭力維護從前一次就全交給了聖徒的信仰， 維克多 丹尼爾，我是保羅。 我想補充一點。 有趣的是你在同一封信中詢問關於地獄和愛。我們經常發現那些指責我們沒有愛心的人，他們相信並宣揚全能和愛的化身的上帝，祂創造了...