Prayer 101- The Basic Principles of a Prayer; A study

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The basic principles Jesus gives us are in Mat. 6:6(NIV) -"But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

Here we see five (5) principles for a prayer.

1. Make time to pray - "when you pray"
2. Have a place to pray - "go into your room"
3. Have privacy - "close the door"
4. Pray to God only - "pray to your Father" (Specific Person-why? People pray to other idols and gods). "Our Father in Heaven" Matthew 6:9
5. God will answer prayer - "Then your Father will reward you"

We should consider Jesus Christ lessons about prayer very carefully. The verse of Mat 6:6 Jesus' teaches us that to conduct our personal prayer is simple and concise. He teaches the necessity to bring our request to God, and assures us His willingness to hear and answer our prayers.

Jesus later said to His disciples in John 16:24 - "Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete."

On my next post I will discuss the questions many people have "What God expect from our prayers".

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Maria Smith's picture

The Perfect Prayer

Why not study the Lord's prayer a bit. Each time that you say it, think about what is being said. It is the perfect prayer... not only because Christ taught it Himself but because it is. It is everything we need or want.

Prayer can be as simple as saying Jesus or as complex as a sermon... repeating prayers another form.

If you are referring to the prayers of the Mass... yes many are repeated buy just like the Our Father (which is also said during the Mass) they are perfect when said with thought.

We can pray to God babling on and on or just say help me and He hears and knows how it is we are addressing Him...
regardless of the type of prayer, place or words used, if its not said with thought... it is useless.

Yours in Christ,
Maria 玛丽亚
CCEL Hostess

Yours in Christ,
Maria 玛丽亚
CCEL Hostess