Friday, 9 December 2016

'WHAT IS PRAYER?' - A CONVERSATION 
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Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened to you" - Matthew 7:7
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Prayer has been said to be a means of communion between man and God (Gen. 18:33). It is a means whereby a mortal being communicates with an immortal God. 
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Prayer isn't about just talking to God, it requires being in the right condition to converse. You can't talk to an ordinary person when you're fully engrossed with other things.

You can't talk to an enemy except with someone who's your friend. 
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Prayer isn't the same as complaining or murmuring, God hates it (Num. 11:1).

If you must talk to God, the tone of your words mustn't be filled with complaints or murmur. Don't blame or query God about your needs, plead for His mercies.

And you must also talk to Him politely and humbly. 
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You must also put away all forms of distractions when you're praying to God - no phones ringing or conversing with others; within and without.

Your heart mustn't be occupied with worthless thoughts (Matt. 15:8). 
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To pray to God and have it answered instantly, you must be a friend of God.

Sin makes a man God's enemy (Is. 59:1-2). You must not abhor sin in your heart (Ps. 66:18). 
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For your prayers to get God's attention, you must be holy (Ps. 24:4).

Without the Holy Spirit, no man can stand before God nor approach Him in the place of prayer. 
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How can I be holy? Ask for God's grace. Be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Do away with everything or anyone that makes you defiled before God - the world, relationship, habit or practice. 
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Prayer isn't just about talking to God in a designated place, it's a lifestyle you must adopt. 
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Prayer: Father, pour upon me, the grace to enjoy a perfect communion with You in Jesus name



By Adeniyi Tim Oluwamayowa.

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