Saturday, December 3, 2011
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me” (Matthew 15:8 KJV).
Sadly, religion has totally confused the issue of prayer. You do not have to kneel, fold your hands, speak out loud, close your eyes, or go to a church building to pray. We need not cross our hearts or pray in an “unknown tongue” (see 1 Corinthians 14:14-19). You can pray anywhere, anytime.
Today, billions of church members pray in the name of “God” and/or “Jesus.” How many are truly praying with hearts of faith, and how many are just mindlessly repeating words to pacify the preacher or priest? Furthermore, of those who have trusted in Jesus Christ as their Saviour, how many know what grace-oriented prayer is? Unfortunately, precious few.
Intelligent, grace-oriented prayer is based on us understanding our purpose and place in God’s program. As we study and believe God’s Word “rightly divided” (dispensationally), we are storing up in our inner man (soul) wisdom, knowledge, and spiritual understanding: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…” (Colossians 3:16a).
Prayer is us pouring out our hearts before God (Psalm 62:8) and if we have faith in God’s Word to us (Paul’s epistles), our prayers will be acceptable to God. Why? Grace-oriented prayer is not reciting a prayer book, but repeating to God what is in your heart…the sound doctrine you read in Paul’s epistles and have believed! God wants to hear sound doctrine (His Word to you), not a denominationally-biased prayer book.
When we pray for the things for which our Apostle Paul prayed—Ephesians 1:16-23, Ephesians 3:14-21, Philippians 1:9-11, Colossians 1:9-12, et al.—we know we are praying according to God’s will. Remember, the exact words are not the issue. As today’s Scripture says, God looks at your heart (if you have faith in His Word rightly divided, and you are praying in accordance with it).
One thing for which I pray is that thou discardest thy prayer books! 🙂