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Definition of Prayer
God calls out to all to call upon Him (Joel 2:32)
Prayer works because of God Himself
Prayer is effective because of God Himself
Texts: Isaiah 55.6; Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21; Ps 65.2; Ps 140.6
Isaiah 55:6 (NIV)
6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
What is prayer? What does it look like?
Is prayer something we ONLY do when we close our eyes, and we fold our hands?
Is it something we ONLY do when we go to our quiet place?
I think in part, the problem we have with prayer is that we just don’t really understand it well enough and why one part of us wants to do this thing we call “pray,” and another part of us doesn’t.
All the same, as followers of Christ, we need to be praying…because if you or I are going to be growing in the Lord, if we’re going to be strong in Him when adversity hits, if we’re going to be able to make a difference in other people’s lives, then we need to understand and know how to appropriate what prayer has for us and why it is so important in our lives.
Let’s start then by exploring this question first…just what is prayer?
I have a short video which tells us what some of the ‘greatest minds’ have said about prayer: http://www.sermonspice.com/product/2752/prayer
VIDEO CLIP Prayer
So that’s what some famous people have said about prayer, and with that, now here’s a DEFINITION of Prayer taken from “The New Bible Dictionary”…which defines Prayer like this:”
“In the Bible prayer is WORSHIP (that’s a key point when we think about prayer…prayer is an ACT of WORSHIP...the definition then goes on like this)…that includes all the attitudes of the human spirit in its approach to God. The Christian worships God when he adores, confesses, praises and supplicates him in prayer. This highest activity of which the human spirit is capable may also be thought of as com ...
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