Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Why do we pray? Is it important to pray?

Acts 6:1-4, As the church grew, circumstances required more of the apostles time. But realizing they needed more prayer, rather than increased activity, the apostles chose seven men to serve as deacons to care for the church. This freed them to focus on prayer and the ministry of the word Faithfulness to prayer recurs throughout scripture. Roms. 12:10 …continuing steadfastly in prayer.

Someone might say, “I’ve tried calling, but I can’t get through to Him.” We must call upon Him in truth if we want to make a connection. “The Lord is nigh unto all of them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” Psalm 145:18, Isaiah 58:9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, “Here I am.”

Maybe someone else would say, “He doesn’t want to talk to me, for I have sinned against Him.” When King David has sinned against the Lord, he, too, thought it was all over –until he made that call. That’s when he discovered the Lords love and mercy. “For thou art, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.”
Perhaps someone else may suppose that there are in too much trouble to bother the Lord, that He wouldn’t want to be disturbed with their problems. The Lord says, “call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and you shall glorify me.” There is simply no reason for you not to make that call!
“But, what will I say? I’m not very spiritual, and I really don’t know the Bible very well at all.” I will answer you, and show you great and might things, which you do not know.” If we will call upon the lord, He will show us thing that we do not know. The word show means “to pit in front; to cause to stand out boldly.” In other words, I will put it right in your face.” The word great means strange and marvelous; it’s the same word used by Moses to describe the burning bush. The word mighty could be rendered “isolated” or “inaccessible”. The idea is that God would reveal thing to Jeremiah that would otherwise be isolated or inaccessible. Does this promise stand true for us today? Jesus said, “ Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shat be opened unto you.” Make that call today; you’ll be glad you did!

“Call unto Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3) Don’t turn to the devil or any other person for answers; call upon the Lord! Call, qara (kah-rah) means to call out to someone; cry out; to address someone; to shout, or to speak out; to proclaim. God promised Jeremiah that if he would call to Him, not only would He answer him, but he would reveal to him “great and mighty things” that could not other wise be known. The word “mighty” (Hebrew batsar) is better rendered “isolated” or “inaccessible.” This indicates that God would give Jeremiah “revelation insight” revealing things that otherwise would be inaccessible or isolated. We cannot pray effectively without insight into how to pray, as well as into what things God truly longs for us to seek after in prayer.

Proverbs 3:5-6 trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Direct is yashar – to be straight, right and upright, pleasing, God will straighten out the path of his devoted, trusting servants. Ways in Hebrew means a road, a course, or a mode of action. Of equal significance is the word; acknowledge (Hebrew yada) Yada is translated ‘know’ meaning to know by observation, investigation, reflection or firsthand experience. But the highest level of yada is in direct intimate contact. This refers to life-giving intimacy, as in marriage. In spiritual context it suggests an intimacy with God in prayer that conceives and births blessings and victories We therefore can conclude according to Proverbs text that if in all our day we maintain yada (direct intimate with God), God promises to direct our paths toward fruitful, life begetting endeavors.

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