“What the Bible Teaches About Prayer.”
There is no question about it, prayer is one of the greatest privileges and most powerful means available to man!
There is also not a doubt that prayer is seriously misunderstood and neglected. Man does not innately possess
knowledge of proper prayer. This is evidenced by the question posed to Jesus, “…Lord, teach us to pray, as
John also taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1). Jesus did not rebuke the disciple in view of his request, but proceeded
to teach him (vs. 2-4).
Definition of terms rendered pray(er). There are about twelve Hebrew words and nine Greek words which are
rendered prayer. Four of these Greek words are nouns and five are verbs. Let us briefly consider a few of the
more picturesque of these words. Euchomai is a verb which is translated prayer and means “a desire” (II
Corinthians 13:7). Erotao means “an asking of God”, especially in the climate of asking God for others (John
14:16). This word, some believe, can have the thought of “begging.” Deomai is used by Paul in I Thessalonians
3:10 and means a “wanting due to lack.” Hence, it is translated “praying exceedingly” (I Thessalonians 3:10,
KJV). Parakaleo is another verb of interest which means to call to one’s aid (Matthew 26:53, Acts 16:9). This
word especially suggests “calling on God for divine help, the desired thing being understood as not being able
to accomplish without God’s help.”
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“Reflecting His Image” by Anne Johnston.
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (II Corinthians 3:18)
In my devotional reading a few days ago I saw the following quote from Max Lucado: “The connection between the face and worship is more than coincidental. Our face is the most public part of our bodies, covered less than any other area. It is also the most recognizable part of our bodies. God desires to take our faces and use them to reflect his goodness.”
The Bible tells us that after Moses had spent many days in the presence of the Lord on the mountain, his face shone so brightly that he had to put on a vail when he came back down to the rest of the people.
In Matthew 17, on the Mount of Transfiguration, when Jesus was transfigured before His closest disciples, His face shone as the sun.
I remember many times praying with people at an altar and seeing their face change as they broke through to the presence of the Lord. The glory of the Lord so filled them that their countenance changed.
During the past months, we mostly have only seen part of people’s faces, as we have had to wear masks while in company with others. But even with those restrictions, we have been able to worship the Lord and give Him glory and praise. Some of us have not been able to be in live services, but we have been able to worship through the live streaming. We are all looking forward to the day when we can gather together without masks to worship and praise the Lord together, letting His glory rest upon us and making us a blessing to others.
Our desire should be to stay close to the Lord, worshipping Him even when we are alone, so that when we do come in contact with others, they will know we have been with Jesus, and those who do not know Him, will desire to have the joy and peace we possess.
Anne Johnston is a graduate of UPBI (now Northeast Christian College) in New Brunswick, a minister’s kid who has been involved in various aspects of gospel work most of her life. A mother of three and grandmother of six, she attends West Island United Pentecostal Church in Pointe Claire, QC. This article was originally published on the More to Life website.
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“Mountains and Valleys” by Caitlin Walker.
He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. At your rebuke they fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight. The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them. You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth. (Psalm 104:5-9, ESV)
I was reading the above scriptures with my daughter before bed one evening, and while reading I had to pause and let sink in what I was learning. Have you ever experienced one of those “ah-ha” moments where it all just makes sense? This was one of those moments for me.
The foundation of this world can never be moved because God placed it there.
He clothed the earth with water, knowing its importance and its life sustaining capability.
Mountains rise and valleys sink because God ordered them to do so. This is what stood out to me the most in our Bible reading. Sometimes we as Christians like to refer to certain seasons of life as a mountain or a valley, usually to describe a difficult, uncertain phase of life.
Let me tell you this today, precious woman of God. if you are standing at the foot of a mountain, feeling anxious or fearful about the climb, know that God goes before you. If you are stumbling through a valley, struggling with each step, know that God goes before you. If the literal, physical mountains and valleys of this world were decreed to be exactly where they are, your own personal mountains and valleys can be conquered through the strength that Jesus gives you.
Each and every mountain only went as high as God allowed, and every valley only went as low and deep as God allowed. Mountains and valleys must obey God. They can only do what He allows. He sees you exactly where you are, and He also cares about what you are facing. Don’t brave the difficult seasons alone; invite the one who created the mountains and valleys along for the journey. I can guarantee you will never get lost or be led astray.
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“Steadfast” by Crystal Wallace.
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1).
Although the day had dawned like any other, it would not end like any other. As per usual, she would be making her appearance before the judge . . . the insolent judge who had no regard for God nor people. So far he had completely ignored her, but she would not be deterred. She needed justice and it was his job to make it happen.
As she approached the desk where he was seated, she had barely opened her mouth to once again make her request when he threw his hand in the air and stopped her mid-sentence. Glaring at her through angry eyes and with much irritation in his voice, he bellowed, “You know what kind of a judge I am. I don’t respect God, and I don’t like people. But you are about to drive me crazy with your daily demand. I am granting you the justice you are seeking! Case dismissed!”
What if that day the woman had decided she wasn’t going to see the judge? What if she had become discouraged with his lack of response and had given up? What if she had not remained steadfast in her purpose and in her petition? Yes, she knew the judge was an unjust man, yet somewhere deep within she had faith he would answer. She did not have faith in his character, but she had faith in the authority of his position as judge.
If an unjust judge knows how to grant the petition of a steadfast woman, how much more will our heavenly Father grant our petitions if we remain steadfast? The character of our heavenly Father is completely opposite from that of this judge. God is attentive to our every cry, concerned about our every need, and it is His pleasure to give to His children
Giving up is not an option. We must remain steadfast, unwavering, and firm in our prayers for our children, and in the godly life we live in front of our children. No matter how discouraged we may feel, we cannot go on our feelings. We must go on faith – faith that the Just Judge not only hears our petitions, but that it is His good pleasure to grant our petitions. Our prayers are never in vain!
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
(I Corinthians 15:58)
Crystal Wallace is a licensed minister with UPCI and is also a licensed Christian counselor. She and her husband, Kevin, currently serve as missionaries in Europe.
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” THE LION OF JUDAH ” by Pastor Don Rogers.
The word “Praise” finds its root in Judah. Since Jesus came from the tribe of Judah, all of our praise is directed like a lion to Him! Too often, praise is overlooked as less significant than our act of worshipping God. Yet praise brings our carnality under subjection. It lifts the atmosphere from carnality and spirits hiding behind our attitudes.
Praise reflects the surrendering of our will and emotions unto a Holy God so we can experience real worship before His face. So when we praise Him from a surrendering heart, we no longer offer up faithless, meaningless words in the formality of congregational song services. Our praise in faith causes God’s presence to pour out His affection on us through worship.
Worshipping the Lord is estimating His greatness, and praise is proclaiming and articulating what He has done for us. You can worship God sitting down and meditating, but to praise the Lord requires us to articulate with our mouths, our hands, and our feet, and even our love for Him.
Worship estimates and praise articulates. Praise is giving God OUR affection. Worship is God giving us HIS affection. Praise matures our love so we can experience His love in worship. Praise prepares God’s Spirit to flow through us. We need to step out into Judah today!
Why is Praise so Important to You?
Jesus will judge your soul after death!
Jesus loved you in the worst of times when other people did not!
Jesus is supreme over all other gods, demons, sickness, and disease!
Jesus is the only one who conquered sin, death, and the grave at Calvary. Nobody else was qualified to do this.
Jesus is Holy; His presence is to be feared at all times by the expression of our praise.
The Devil wants to kill or suppress our praise because then our worship will become perverted and anemic. God cannot inhabit an atmosphere properly without His people offering up the sacrifice of praise!
Read Deuteronomy 10:21; Exodus 15:11; I Chronicles 16:25; Psalm 18:3, 56:4, 100:1-5, 109:30.
for our churches to have a fresh move of praise in their services and for God’s pervasive presence to operate.
that our leaders find time for renewal in the real presence of praise for personal transformation.
that our youth and children experience powerful encounters with praise for new apostolic memorials.
that apostolic praise spills outside of our church walls into our communities for the glory of the name of Jesus!
for apostolic praise to infect our apostolic preaching for apostolic results.
Pastor Don Rogers
The Pentecostals of Wisconsin
Wisconsin District Prayer Coordinator
WNOP North Central Regional Prayer Coordinator
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