PRAYING INTIMATELY Pt.2

MORE THAN TECHNIQUE:

WE NEED TO REALISE THAT TRUE AND LASTING TRANSFORMATION COMES FROM God, not from ourselves. It is not based on any techniques; rather, it is us conforming to God and allowing His great power and presence to transform us. We just have to join Him.” And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, and are being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the lord, who is the Spirit” {2 Cor.3:18}.
The Biblical Christian can only pray empty-headed…. Our hope depends not on the right technique or the proper phrase or gesture, which borders on magic, but on the promises of God…. True prayer is neither mystical rapture nor ritual observance nor Philosophical reflections: it is the outpouring of our soul before a Living God, the crying to God ‘ out of the depths’…one convicted of sin by the grace of God and moved to confession by the spirit of God can only utter such prayer.”
These amazing quotes show just how loving our God is, that he does not WANT any special, fancied-up communication with Him. He just wants us, each of us to be who we truly are in our ugliness and beauty. Wouldn’t you dress up to eat at the Government House with the President, even if you didn’t like him? In contrast, all God wants is for us to come in the way that we truly are. Nothing pleases Him more then when we can cry with Him, Laugh with Him, and share love.
Prayer is not some mechanical formula we perform to have good luck shine upon us, Like some magical trickery. Prayer even goes beyond our own will and desires. I have not yet achieved a level of perfect union with God and don’t think I ever will on this earth. However, there are times when I am blessed with glimpses of deeper closeness with God and the feeling that I am aligned with His will. This happens at times when I am meditatively praying to god, resting in His presence. I may have my own prayer agenda an desires that I want God to fulfill, but what happens at times is that God’s will and grace envelope my request to where they become less important to me. It is a transforming, supernatural experience that God provided. He says that His peace transcends all understanding as we give all our concerns to Him.

MORE THAN WORDS:

Prayer definitely goes beyond words, just as communication goes beyond words. We are always communicating with one another, through our words, thoughts, actions, behaviors, gestures, and spirit {se Romans.8:26-27}
Prayer is a joining— a united connection with God. We are bonded, united, and fastened to God through Jesus Christ, who is the glue and bridge that makes and keeps this connection and communion with God possible and adhering. Only when we are joined to God by Jesus Christ and have this continual bond can we carry out the command to pray without ceasing {1Thess.5: 17}
“Communion means communication that includes direct, close relationship. It is the wordless communication between a mother and the baby who nurses at her breast—the close bond between the best of friends. The conversation between a man and woman deeply in love.”

TRUE PRAYERIS FOR LOVERS ONLY:

We need to join God and have a love affair with him—to speak freely and intimately to God within the security of that love relationship. This is true prayer and how we become more intimate with God and hence transformed through him.
“But when the kindness and love of God our savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.”{Titus 3:4-6}
Prayer is the language used between two lovers, a language from the heart. Real prayer comes not from gritting our teeth but from falling in love.”

The author C. Welton Gaddy wonderfully describes prayer:

As our love for God intensifies, our desire for contact with God grows. Then, the more contact we experience, the more we know about God, and the more profound our love becomes. Our love for God leads to communication with God. And our communion with God strengthens our love for God. The communion, which transpires within this love affair, is prayer. We find ourselves caught up in praying to God as a result of being in love with God. A life of prayers is a life of love, and the vice versa.

Let’s not take this for granted and become like the Ephesian church who lost their first love {Rev.2:4}. For many of us, our love, zeal, and passion for Christ decrease over the years. Can you remember back to when you were baptized into Christ and the amount of love you had for him at that time? You were probably at the peak of your excitement for God. If you never felt a real loving passion for Christ or if you have lost that loving feeling, you can have that love rekindled. The key is to build a love relationship with God the same way you would with any other love in your life. Spend time together with him: times of speaking, times of listening, and times of silence.
We must be compelled by the love of Christ {2vor.5: 14}.,a and “ we love because he first loved us” {1John.4:19}. God is the initiator, and we are the responders.
Prayer is our way to join with God in deep and abiding intimacy. Prayer allows us to feel God’s presence with us always. This is why we are to pray without season {1thess.5: 17}. Our life is an unending prayer and communion with our Great Lover, God. I pray that God will always keep our eyes open to see Him everywhere and at all times.

Keep A date with these series on Praying Intimately:
MORE THAN TECHNIQUE:

WE NEED TO REALISE THAT TRUE AND LASTING TRANSFORMATION COMES FROM God, not from ourselves. It is not based on any techniques; rather, it is us conforming to God and allowing His great power and presence to transform us. We just have to join Him.” And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, and are being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the lord, who is the Spirit” {2 Cor.3:18}.
The Biblical Christian can only pray empty-headed…. Our hope depends not on the right technique or the proper phrase or gesture, which borders on magic, but on the promises of God…. True prayer is neither mystical rapture nor ritual observance nor Philosophical reflections: it is the outpouring of our soul before a Living God, the crying to God ‘ out of the depths’…one convicted of sin by the grace of God and moved to confession by the spirit of God can only utter such prayer.”
These amazing quotes show just how loving our God is, that he does not WANT any special, fancied-up communication with Him. He just wants us, each of us to be who we truly are in our ugliness and beauty. Wouldn’t you dress up to eat at the Government House with the President, even if you didn’t like him? In contrast, all God wants is for us to come in the way that we truly are. Nothing pleases Him more then when we can cry with Him, Laugh with Him, and share love.
Prayer is not some mechanical formula we perform to have good luck shine upon us, Like some magical trickery. Prayer even goes beyond our own will and desires. I have not yet achieved a level of perfect union with God and don’t think I ever will on this earth. However, there are times when I am blessed with glimpses of deeper closeness with God and the feeling that I am aligned with His will. This happens at times when I am meditatively praying to god, resting in His presence. I may have my own prayer agenda an desires that I want God to fulfill, but what happens at times is that God’s will and grace envelope my request to where they become less important to me. It is a transforming, supernatural experience that God provided. He says that His peace transcends all understanding as we give all our concerns to Him.

MORE THAN WORDS:

Prayer definitely goes beyond words, just as communication goes beyond words. We are always communicating with one another, through our words, thoughts, actions, behaviors, gestures, and spirit {se Romans.8:26-27}
Prayer is a joining— a united connection with God. We are bonded, united, and fastened to God through Jesus Christ, who is the glue and bridge that makes and keeps this connection and communion with God possible and adhering. Only when we are joined to God by Jesus Christ and have this continual bond can we carry out the command to pray without ceasing {1Thess.5: 17}
“Communion means communication that includes direct, close relationship. It is the wordless communication between a mother and the baby who nurses at her breast—the close bond between the best of friends. The conversation between a man and woman deeply in love.”

TRUE PRAYERIS FOR LOVERS ONLY:

We need to join God and have a love affair with him—to speak freely and intimately to God within the security of that love relationship. This is true prayer and how we become more intimate with God and hence transformed through him.
“But when the kindness and love of God our savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.”{Titus 3:4-6}
Prayer is the language used between two lovers, a language from the heart. Real prayer comes not from gritting our teeth but from falling in love.”

The author C. Welton Gaddy wonderfully describes prayer:

As our love for God intensifies, our desire for contact with God grows. Then, the more contact we experience, the more we know about God, and the more profound our love becomes. Our love for God leads to communication with God. And our communion with God strengthens our love for God. The communion, which transpires within this love affair, is prayer. We find ourselves caught up in praying to God as a result of being in love with God. A life of prayers is a life of love, and the vice versa.

Let’s not take this for granted and become like the Ephesian church who lost their first love {Rev.2:4}. For many of us, our love, zeal, and passion for Christ decrease over the years. Can you remember back to when you were baptized into Christ and the amount of love you had for him at that time? You were probably at the peak of your excitement for God. If you never felt a real loving passion for Christ or if you have lost that loving feeling, you can have that love rekindled. The key is to build a love relationship with God the same way you would with any other love in your life. Spend time together with him: times of speaking, times of listening, and times of silence.
We must be compelled by the love of Christ {2vor.5: 14}.,a and “ we love because he first loved us” {1John.4:19}. God is the initiator, and we are the responders.
Prayer is our way to join with God in deep and abiding intimacy. Prayer allows us to feel God’s presence with us always. This is why we are to pray without season {1thess.5: 17}. Our life is an unending prayer and communion with our Great Lover, God. I pray that God will always keep our eyes open to see Him everywhere and at all times.

Keep A date with these series on Praying Intimately:

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~ by ubcky4 on July 4, 2009.

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