Prayer

Prayer offered by "believers"


Prayer to the Triune God in the Name of "the mediator between God and man -- the [God] Man, Jesus Christ" 1 Timothy 2:5


Prayer Is the Soul's Sincere Desire:

Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, unuttered or exprest,
the motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the burden of a sign, the falling of a tear,
the upward glancing of an eye, when none but God is near.

Prayer is the simplest form of speech that infant lips can try;
prayer the sublimest strains that reach the Majesty on high.

[TLH - 1941; CPH]

Notes on Prayer

Prayer to a false god is useless -- 1 Kings 18:17-40 ; Psalm 115:1f ; John 10:1f



Effectual prayer needs to be sincere:

Sincere prayer is not like the King in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" who out of guilt for having murdered his brother to overtake the kingly throne, attempted to pray.  He fell on his knees with eyes toward heaven, and in frustrated desperation, could only utter: 


"My words fly up; my thoughts remain below; words without thoughts, never to heaven go." 



Prayer requires genuine faith: 

"Without faith it is impossible to please Him........" -- Hebrews 11:6


Note:  The Lost Son -- Luke 15:11-32  ;  Zacchaeus -- Luke 19:1-10 



God will not honor the prayer of the proud: 


Note:  The "Pharisee and Publican [Tax Collector]" -- Luke 18:9-14



God will not listen when prayer is uttered by the hypocritical and unrepentant: 

"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear." -- Psalm 66:18 

Note also:  Isaiah 1:15 [in context]  --  Isaiah 59:2  ;  Matthew 15:8-9  ;  1 Peter 3:12 

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A Simple Memory Tool for Prayer:

A - Adoration - Prayers of praise to the Triune God for all His attributes
C - Confession - Admission of personal sins
T - Thanksgiving - Prayers of gratefulness to the Lord
S - Supplication - Bringing all our concerns to the Lord

What do we ask God, in our prayers? -- Philippians 4:6

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Other Important Notes on Prayer

Who legitimately prays and to whom is genuine prayer, addressed?

Genuine prayer is prayer from a believer, who is a disciple [follower] of Christ.  Believing in Christ and His sacrifice for the personal forgiveness of one's sins, is prerequisite. Christ is the "Mediator between God and man."  -- 1 Timothy 2:5

In short, the Triune God hears and answers the prayers of those believing souls who belong to the "invisible church," which is, in the words of the Apostle's Creed, the "holy Christian Church" -- "the Communion of Saints." 


Please note the topical message: "God is not your heavenly father unless you are one of His children"


The believing soul, prays to God, (the Father) in Christ's Name -- John 16:23

"Thou art the Way, to Thee alone from sin and death we flee;
and he who would the Father seek must seek Him, Lord, by Thee." 
[TLH - CPH ; 1941]

Note that Christ also taught His disciples to pray to God [the Father] in His Name, believing -- Matthew 21:22 



The Triune God does not answer every prayer:

Prayer must be offered to God, in faith and confidence -- James 1:6-7  ;  1 John 5:14

Prayer is a serious endeavor.  It must not be uttered in foolishness or for selfish purposes -- Matthew 20:20-23



Prayer is not intended to be an "easy button." 

To expect God to answer in a particular human time frame, is foolish.  Also, just as foolish, is to expect God to answer prayer, in a certain manner. 

The Christian disciple is the "clay," who cannot presume upon the Heavenly Father, the "Potter."  Isaiah 64:6-8  ;  Jeremiah 18:6




Scripture's directive about prayer when Christians gather together for worship -- 1 Timothy 2:1-6 


Christians are commanded to pray for "all men." [people] -- and, specifically, for government of all levels.  Especially, to be remembered in corporate prayer, is prayer for "all who are in authority."  This Scriptural command, is, by and large, ignored by Christian churches of all denominations -- even those who claim to preach and teach the Word of God in all its "truth and purity."


Note:  "The Major Sin of Omission When Christians Meet for Worship"



An example of a model prayer of confession of sin:

Alas my God, my sins are great; my conscience doth upbraid me;
and now I find, that in my strait, no man hath power to aid me.

And fled I hence, in my despair, in some lone place to hide me.
My griefs would still, be with me there, and peace still be denied me.

Lord, thee I seek, I merit naught; yet pity and restore me.
Just God, be not, Thy wrath, my lot; Thy Son hath suffered for me.



[TLH - CPH ; 1941]

Please note, that the above prayer is uttered to God [the Father] for the sake of His Son, Jesus the Christ.  It is offered in humility and in faith -- and, assumes and recognizes Christ's sacrifice for sin and His Mediator role.

Finally, it must be recognized that believing prayer by Christ's disciples, is a serious form of Christian worship.  Mind, you -- when devout, honest and believing prayer is uttered, it is uttered to the Lord, who "made, heaven and earth."  It is uttered to our Creator, in the Name of, and for the sake of, our Savior, Christ, the Messiah.