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How To Pray According to God’s Will

How To Pray According to God’s Will

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A question many people will ask themselves is how can God hear and receive my prayers? Is there a certain way to pray in order for God to know what I’m asking for? The list of questions goes on and on, but it is a valid one to know about, nevertheless.

As fellow believers, these are times in which our faith is put to the test. That is why, it is important that one turns to God and turns to his word to seek guidance and wisdom. This firstly starts with prayer and having the proper heart to ask God for an answer.

Many on the other hand, would want their prayers answered and demand that they’d be shown a sign or a miracle as evidence for their request. Rather than having that kind of heart and attitude, one has to respect and understand God’s point of view. There are certainly other ways to figure out a solution that does not jeopardize one’s relationship with God. 

For instance, when it comes to prayer, the purpose of performing this activity is to demonstrate our devotedness in asking for constant guidance and protection. God will either approve or decline if a prayer is offered, depending on what is raised up to Him.

Therefore the kinds of prayers that we ask in front of God must be carefully examined. The easiest way to look at this is whether or not we can answer a phone call from someone we know as opposed to someone we don’t know.

One prayer in particular we can learn from is the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13, “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.’”

Based on the prayer above, we are able to take away the fact that God understands what we need and provides us the means to get through all kinds of situations. 

Furthermore, another example we can learn from is Isaiah 55:8-9, which goes into how God’s thoughts and ways are higher than our own. The verse starts as follows, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

From this, what we are able to perceive is the importance of not putting our own needs before God’s who desires us to follow His will.

In other words, there’s a proper way to do prayer, but there have been moments when we have failed to do it according to God’s will. Now that we know the true way of doing prayer, then God is pleased with us. 

Therefore, as we learn prayer, we must always turn to God and His word in order to understand God’s will for us. If we take a look at Psalms 141:2, for example, “May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.”

The comparison of prayer to incense indicates the very process of how prayers are lifted up to God and whether or not he accepts or declines them. By understanding this figurative incense, we are able to truly understand and perceive the importance of how prayers are offered up to God. 

As a result, what do we all have in common? We desire for our prayers to be answered and to receive a sign or some sort of miracle to prove that God has listened to us.

It is not that simple, but we must consider God’s point of view since he is not a genie that fulfills our every wish that we summon upon. In short, this gives people the ability to further understand the true intention of  prayer in order to draw closer to God while fulfilling his will. 

Psalms to the Psalmist

Psalms to the Psalmist

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Psalm is the collection of poem. Its purpose is to be sung to priase the lord.

Goliath

The Champion who appeared from Gath

Those who shared in fear did not come out

Was a towering force, no one dare step in his path

With a determination to aim a stone right on his mouth

Defier all of Israel, to him God’s armies were a laugh

Conqueror of lions, bears, a sure shot with no doubt

Worshiper of other gods, twigs called staffs

As he pulls back, aiming to quickly end the bout

The head of a Philistine,

that sweared the flesh of the Little shepherd boy,

Now in His hands, due to the Power of God.

What does it take to be with you?

Have a willing heart.

The Paw of the Lion, the paw of the bear.

Conqueror of the dog.

Even in youth, anyone can be a conqueror.

Anyone who is with God, is victorious,

the Goliath in your life is only a stumbling block

Trust in the Lord both now and forevermore.

Hatred

Due to your own thinking you could not please Lord,

So was a new way prepared instead,

Take no offense it is just the plan in course,

O’ King how you bring disgrace on his name

Could you have imagined the little boy, commanding armies?

Or how your own son favored him the most.

You placed snares in his way, but he overcame.

As you sent your henchmen you found only goat hair.

In En Gedi you thought came your time for revenge.

O’ King why this heart? The heart that was spared.

A Man of God, who spared your life.

Understanding true forgiveness, not once but even twice.

No need for hate O’ King, but need for Devotion.

No need for hate O’ King, but need for willing mind in motion.

When God is near the result is clear.

When God is far the result is fear.

Fruit

From your father came the fruit,

From the stump appeared reality, truth

As the generations changed, the heart never stopped

It was long time coming once the 6th hour dropped,

Who would have known, the little shepherd boy

The seed that was sown, the little shepherd boy

Who would have known, the city he wanted to build

In the heart of one man, God had fulfilled his will.

No sleep came to your eyes, no slumber until

From your time, little shepherd boy, something to Fulfill

Your heart wanted that temple constructed

The flames of desire in heart erupted

The chance could no longer be.

Yet the fruit you bore, wisdom his trustee

The temple constructed alas it has been

Just a shot in the dark, yet God’s heart you win

Although within a shadow one can only see the form

It is not till what He reveals, that the son can be born.

A City where all could worship, Where the Lord dwells

Was but a child, that turned into a well

A savior, that would come to your throne,

Not the one with wisdom but the one with perfection made known

Who would have known, the little shepherd boy

The seed that was sown, the little shepherd boy

Faith: Fact or Feeling?

Faith: Fact or Feeling?

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Fact or feeling: In a world that encourages us to “follow our heart,” the lines between what I should do versus what I want are easily blurred. The question could arise “what’s so bad about following my heart?” Well, in Jeremiah 17, it says that the heart is deceitful above all things, which begs the question, “how do we know if the of faith we are living is based on fact or feeling?”

What’s so bad about following my feelings instead?

fact or feeling

The problem with only following your feelings, is that they are subjective. What you may think is “good” or “right” differ from another person’s perspective. That leads to misunderstandings and disagreements, sometimes even arguments. The heart is such a tricky concept because anyone could feel deep down like one is right but in reality, be in the wrong. So now in this life of faith, what is the potential outcome if we only follow what we feel is right? We must learn to discern between fact or feeling.

History will always serve as a reminder and a teacher on many subjects, including this very subject I am writing about today. At the time when Jesus, the Messiah, carried out his ministry on the earth, there were those who opposed and actively blocked his work by spreading lies, making threats, and even using false testimonies to try and get him apprehended.

Who followed their feelings?

Who were these people? It was the very believers at that time, who had the Old Testament scripture. Romans 10 clearly explains that the Jews were zealous for God. They lacked the proper knowledge of the very scripture by which they claimed to live. They ignored the Word and killed the one who came as the light of the world, thinking God desired it.

All throughout the book of Acts we also see there are people who claim to live according to God’s Word, yet chased the apostles and missionaries across the world til they were all martyred for the Word that we so freely have In our hands today.

Fact AND Feelings

feelings are subjective

I am not saying that It is bad to meditate on the sacrifices and love that God and Jesus has both shown to mankind, because that is something we should always have in our mind. However, believers as a whole also need to be those who have the correct standard in our life of faith. The Bible, God’s Word, needs to be the very thing that one lives in accordance to, and hold as a manual for believers. Contrary to popular belief, it takes more than just reading, serving countless hours, and memorizing certain verses to accomplish what God has truly desired from His people.

Don’t use the Bible to fill the needs of an issue you are feeling in the moment. Use the Bible as a way to understand God’s heart and will. He has been trying to convey that to humanity for the past 6,000 years. Rather than a subjective point of view, believers must read it from the point of view of the Author.

Just as a director with their movie, or an artist with their paintings, until we know the true intention of their work, we could make inferences on what we THINK is the meaning. It isn’t until the they explain to the spectators, that one can understand more of the real intentions. In that same way, a believer must view that very Word which God has left us in the perspective of God. God is good and His Word is truth. It makes sense that His ways are higher than ours as the heavens are to the earth (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Growing in Faith

When we combine fact or feeling, then we can confidently walk on this path because we know the very Words of God which can lead us to eternal life. Let’s all grow In the grace and the knowledge of God the father, and Jesus Christ who He sent. Let’s grow in faith. Amen.