(Celebrating Jesus Christ ;Celebrating humanity)
Prayer is a very potent way of communicating to and seeking the face of God as it gives expression to our spiritual being and connects us to a higher level in existentialism.
The Book of Colossian 3:16 advised ‘let the word of Christ dwell richly in all your wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs...’
Many a time we tend to forget the purpose of Man’s creation which is to worship God and reflect His Glory. Logically, it may well mean that our parents created us and not God. However we do know that God created us collectively because He created our first parents. It cannot be any clearer that God’s purpose of creating Adam and Eve is largely different from whatever may be our parent’s purpose of ‘creating’ us. This [with the passage of time] may make our origin appear a bit hazed.
God’s purpose of creating Adam and Eve is to worship Him as they epitomised His awesome creation and meant to reflect His glory in creation. If we defy the oddness and go about the city asking parents why they ‘created’ their children, I bet someone would have to be told that their birth was an ‘accident’ or some similar uninspiring tale.
Therefore we collectively derive our origin from God. Unlike the situation that existed between God and His first humans, we now have to scrap for our food and existence, while God took care of Adam and Eve as they were like ‘grown kids’ in stature and discernment. The plans He had for them was usurped by a former head angel whose evil influence killed Adam and Eve and has had us exposed to evil which will seek to ensure we die a spiritual death and will therefore have to serve him in his evil domain- eternal penury!
After the death of Adam and Eve and with the passage of time and events, the human race [as we kept multiplying] seemed to lose track with the primary purpose of Man’s creation. Unlike Adam and Eve our first parents whom God catered for, we have to fend for ourselves. The fruit they ate in disobedience to God’s express instructions have equipped us with an unstoppable pride and intelligence that craves independence so much we have to deal with our own survival, in our own way, on our own and away from God’s holy presence.
This is huge as a development and a serious distraction to the very purpose of ‘Man’s’ creation by God. This is why people who ‘dwell in the world’ while seeking their survival end up feeling hollow and empty. They lose touch with their spirit and who they really are. Their spirit beckons, questions, frowns, weeps but they’d rather believe their eyes [senses] only yet it wouldn’t show them who they are. They fail to see beyond their parents as their origin, yet do not worship them or hold them in befitting reverence because they have ‘seen’ their parents out.
But the moment anyone prays in worship to God, they reconnect to the very purpose of Man’s creation and their lives will automatically begin to refresh. This also happens when we do a good act. Our actions will identify with the purposefully good intendments of our Creator making us pleased with our deeds. Prayer helps us to establish an individual link with God. It humbles our rebellious but weak flesh before its maker and nurtures the spirit of creation [not birth] which made us all children of God. The way we access God through prayers is [in contemporary parlance] comparable to Heaven being a website and we, children of God logging in with our individual password which is P.r-a/y _e=r. And just as the redundancy or otherwise of our website accounts is often determined by the frequency of our visits; prayers refresh our spiritual existence and automatically identify us as the Children of the Most High God.
The way we pray is often determined by our religion which is a very important development in human existence and has some very interesting dimensions which are of universal significance.
This is because even in diversity religion has established the fact and reality of our spiritual existence which we perceive.
Second, even though the mode of worship differs, religious tenets always tilt in favour of sound moral standards whilst identifying with and worshipping a God.
Third, despite religious influences we are all guilty of the same sin and sins found everywhere all over the face of the earth.
Thus religion, just like problems, just like sin, just like origin [birth] and destiny [death], blood, etc goes on to show how much we share in common and how much we need to grow up and shun myopic divergences that stifles our spiritual growth by showing selfless love to others regardless of their orientation.
This is what we preach here on this website. Our opinion on the salvation of non-Christians is clearly stated here on this website on the Teachings of the Holy Spirit here- The origin of Christianity (Christianity and other religions), we must show and reflect true love that can break any barrier.
Indeed it is very important to understand that belonging to a particular religious sect implies owning up your spirit to the God you are worshipping. This is done through prayers and other forms of allegiance which we show to the God we worship during the course of our life. Forbid it Lord that we should ever judge or condemn, but we strongly advise people to take a deeper look at their religions again and see how much of its doctrines ‘unwittingly’ support the evil desires of our flesh and how much of its teachings aid and promote our spiritual and physical well-being. We don’t need any further guide on this other than the directives of your own spirit guided by the revelations of the Holy Spirit to whom this website is dedicated unto. Things like forgiveness, pride and status, idolatry that especially appeal to our failing human senses, etc what message does your religion convey on them?
These areas are of particular interest as they rank high as causes of frictions and strife to our societies and as such the commonest risk to our spiritual wellbeing as a people with a lot in common.
Let’s take forgiveness as an example. What is your limit as prescribed by your religion? When are you allowed to take away another’s life even though you are guilty of another sin going unpunished?
On pride, how does the worship fare and what ranking exist in the assembly of worship?
Does your religion ever make you feel stooped if you happen to party with unbelievers [others of different religion]?
Idolatry here includes photographs and images that unwittingly promotes self-seeking glamour and in the end distracts you into worshipping the human or flesh.
The stark reality of religion is what comes out of a religious human being. How much of love does your religion permit you to show and how much are you withholding? And if we may ask, since we are all potentially blameless in our religious postures, who is the cause of the problems of the world and who is to be blame? Of course we all have to blame ourselves- religious people! When religion, restrains total show of love as intended by God, that religion has been probably diluted by human wisdom and selfish protocols.
Here we thrive on Holy Spirit of God’s inspired messages that preach love and forgiveness which is what God shows us all individually and collectively as a people he made. We need the Holy Spirit of God to help us in our judgments in day to day living so we can freely enjoy the gift of life we have received reflecting the glory of our creator as we do. Jesus Christ emphasised on the need to reach out when He said in parables, ‘the harvest is plenty but the labourers are few’. [Matthew 9:37]. The work is to reach out to the more vulnerable and tell them that there is hope for everyone provided by God through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ Himself represents the pure love of God for mankind and characterised by His endless messages on God’s love and His demand that we shun evil influences and show the same. Jesus exemplified Christianity when He encountered foreigners by the amount of love He showed them and wasn’t equivocal in dismissing anything that tends to detract from God’s Kingdom including His own visiting family when He said, '...anyone who does the will of my father in heaven is my mother, my father and my brothers and sisters'. [Luke 8:19-22] This is what prayer should do for us- help us acknowledge and revel in the presence of God and prompt us to show more love as we enjoyed the love of God.
We therefore wholly embrace converts to Christianity with open arms and enjoin them to remain humbly but strongly committed to showing the love of God who visited us through Jesus in order to do away with protocols/blood sacrifices and give [our souls] an improved access into God’s kingdom.We hope to share an in-depth appraisal of the Man of Jesus. Click here for more on christianity and other religions .
We pray that the Good Lord touch your heart as you read this message and erase any devilish hindrances that may emanate from wherever to stop you from saying a prayer to your Creator and thereby believing the three dimensional force ,God the father, God the son, God the holy spirit. And as such having our life renewed by this fresh knowledge that nothing in all creation will separate us from Gods’ true love ,and what more than to have our names recorded in the lamb’s Book of Life [Revelation 21:27],until the end of times.
GUIDE ON HOW TO PRAY
How committed should we feel while we pray, how often should we pray, how do we pray, how long does it take to answer a prayer...etc. These are posers whose answers we feel will help our readers [especially new converts to Christianity] make spiritual progress in their lives.
As we may know the human mind is very manipulative when it begins to rely so much on what it sees. When we pray our spiritual being seek connection to the spirit of God, and soon we will begin to feel this connections in our spirit. When we feel merely obliged to ‘recite’ prayers, we don’t get this connection or the refreshing of the soul inherent in this endeavour. Our human mind soon takes over with devilish distractions. It is very easy to employ prayer mainly as a means of ‘sponging’ off God, always having ‘problematic’ prayer point requests that often have an ‘unissued’ deadline. There is nothing wrong with that other than the fact that it does not fully satisfy the purpose of Man’s creation, often selfishly based and thus rank as such in general importance.
When we pray like the Psalmist idealise [The Book of Psalm], praising God in full reverence for Who He is- the maker of Heaven and Earth, we resound His glory and as a result identify with the highest glory. By so doing we connect to Him and His Grace will sufficiently deal with our earthly issues which He happens to know about anyway and which happens to be inconsequential in the universal scheme of things.
Thus when we pray we need to humble our spirit in praise and worship first. This may be more easily achieved by shutting our ‘intelligent’ eyes to minimise distractions and by starting with songs of Praise and worship. Our songs of praise move God because singing is a creative aspect of us as endowed by God. While singing praise unto God, let us meditate on the words as we say and be jubilant at the special privilege of the connection we are about to initiate. The Holy Spirit of God is universally available to support our weaknesses if we show commitment when we pray [Romans 8:26-27]. And if we appreciate the fact that He sees us, we will soon become less distracted and more focused, even to the point of adopting a more proper posture [kneeling, sitting or standing] that we believe will aid our concentration.
It works for me when before I pray I imagine a meeting with my biological dad whom I respect a lot and had always tried to impress... it reminds me of the need to do much more better in preparation having to meet with my heavenly father. Indeed any conscious effort to enhance your concentration level is what brings you nearer to God in prayers. And as you grow and mature in the spirit you will find that you connect to God more easily in prayer and that your old personal problems are beginning to lose their priority and stranglehold on you as God takes over your earthly burdens [Matthew11:28-30], and directing your life as you worship Him .
You will know you are faring well in the Spirit when you begin to prioritise praying for others than yourself as you turn truly to a light of the world. You show self denial and a willingness to be instrumentalized by God who urged us to love one another as He had loved us. When we pray for others or act in self denial [charity], we are showing spiritual maturity and a meaningful contribution to God’s kingdom. This is because the love we show inspires these people to have hope and trust God who have inspired us to them, giving them enough reason to worship God and in a web-like distribution extend the good tidings to others themselves.
As earlier said, David the Psalmist was referred to as the man after God’s heart. [1st Samuel 13 :14] If we take a closer look at his life as accounted for in the Bible we will see a lot of irregularities that we could successfully blemish his character with. He committed a host of sinful acts worthy of our judgmental condemnation. But unlike most of us, he was not just truly repentant of his sins and misdeeds, but as well had employed a God given talent [musician] by his authoring the Biblical special prayer book of Psalm. This bit on King David has been particularly mentioned to inspire readers, offering insight as to what could make someone special in the eyes of God and how God avails us His grace at our show of true repentance. You may be a musician having special talent with instrument or your voice, a dancer, a cheer leader person, etc you need to employ your talent in prayer by seeking unique ways of endearing yourself to God.
In particular the New Testament, I would say provided the relevant answer on the subject matter of how to pray as indicated by Jesus Christ. This model of prayer has for many years been a backbone to prayer in most Christian gatherings and without those precious lines, it would have appeared hazy as to what manner of prayers would please God or how best we are supposed to pray. This prayer taught by Jesus if you ask me reflects a highly responsible order of priority that best accord Glory to God in a perfect manner.
Let us now say this special prayer [also known as The Lord’s prayer] and then briefly appraise the lines.
Our Father who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy Name, thine kingdom come
Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from all evil
MATTHEW 6, 9-13
The prayer did not start with us, it starts with a full adoration to God, acknowledging His good and perfect intendments for us even here on earth.
Give us this day our daily bread signifies our needs in general, and what manner of request God entertains. We need to appreciate Him for our sustenance. When He is with us, we do not lack...but we feel we lack because we envy others, do not appreciate and may thus merit no further sentiments. Most times it is our wants rather than needs that require urgent attention... and fast. How many of us pray before and after meals in appreciation of God’s providential grace, daily provided.
Then the prayer proceeds to our interactions with others. It did not promote self-righteousness which we always embrace but rather pleaded guilty to our inherently sinful tendencies, encouraging us to forgive one another.
In conclusion it crucially pointed to what we mentioned earlier about the accusing fingers of the enemy on our souls especially when we appear distinguished to God by divinely inspired conducts, but even then it also appears that the devil always needs permission from God before accosting us in temptation with a dubious and vengeful scheme. [Read Job 1:6-12]
Lead us not into temptation implies a prior request to God not to even allow the devil to tempt us in the first place, as he is likely to succeed in the absence of God’s divine grace. Remember, the devil knows quite a lot about mankind, he knows exactly how to over-stretch our resistance into sinful acts.
And what if the devil did not tempt us, we still have a proclivity towards sin anyway...thus the last line seeks to exonerate us from all evil whenever and wherever it happens to rear its ugly head.
As we can appreciate, a seemingly short prayer has managed to set a perfect standard for communing with and making requests to God in an order that is perfectly wholesome. It indeed reflects on why it is called our Lord’s Prayer as Jesus’ response was very impromptu when asked to teach His disciples how to pray. It sets a remarkable standard as to what prayer is all about and started with the most important thing which is acknowledging the supremacy and kindness of God.
We have the freedom to pray as we feel moved in the spirit to do, but our Lord’s Prayer provides a guide of universal significance as it concretely affect every one of us. It is like an approved Form of universal standard- a Prayer taught by God Himself. This prayer [including praying in line with its ideals/objects/hierarchy] will help you forge and maintain a personal relationship with God since it is geared to prop anyone up to spiritual maturity. Ponder on these words as you say them [a bit slower than regular please]. You will feel the love of God for mankind which has availed us the Holy Bible containing the word of God which [according to the Bible] is God himself![John1:1]
The frequency of prayer is also of significance at this level, having established a prayer pattern. How often shall we pray? Indeed the standard is to pray without ceasing as the Bible made us to know that the ‘enemy prowls around like a lion looking for whom to devour’, [1 Peter 5:8] and Jesus restated this ,although differently when He emphasised to His disciples to ‘pray without ceasing, lest you fall into temptation, for the spirit is indeed willing but the flesh is weak’ [Matthew 26:38-48]. As indicated by the first lines of our Lord’s Prayer our prayer always seek to initiate a connection to God and must be in His reverence.
Even when we have a pressing problem and want to pray, we must consciously acknowledge the divine presence of God who is far bigger than any human problem and thus gladly give Him honour for the privilege of availing us His presence at anytime.
It is possible for our request to stand in conflict with the perfect will of God. But again and as our Lord’s Prayer restated, God’s will is bound to prevail on earth as in heaven. God knows and understands our problems better than us and you will easily see how your problems will fall by the sides as you walk in His way.
Thus we need to be sure that our need has an aspect that will give glory and honour to God. It may be worth considering the teachings of the apostle called James on this subject matte of prayer......where James hereby emphasized" on the fact that we do not have because we do not ask God or even when we do ask, then it's all for the wrong reasons and to spend it on sensual pleasures and moreso for selfish motives." [James 4 :2-8]
The foregoing on that teaching is that the grace of God through the empowerment of the holy spirit allows us to defy these evil tendencies that seek sensual gratification and all .Therefore the final quest here brethren is to be subject to God,to resist the Devil and he will flee from you.
Hence as we grow and mature in spiritual faith, it becomes easier to connect to God in prayer as we will create flexible times for prayer wherever we are. Even some deep meditative prayers will do your soul a lot of good as you will be in conversation with the Holy Spirit.
Do not hesitate to contact us for any aspect of assistance with prayer, whether it is for you or a relative in distress, and the Holy Spirit of God, the third person in Trinity, the Comforter will visit you today and specially show you in His own special way the ultimate peace of God that surpasses every human understanding.
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