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Are Your Prayers Serious

How serious are you when you pray? Do you: pray from the mind? Repeat your prayers verbatim? Pray as though a regular conversation? Or?

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//Many change the meanings of what God wanted to convey to us, and add their own meaning.//

'obey my commandments' are very specific. something concrete we will all be accountable for. (we only need to settle in our hearts what 'my commandments' are, but the commandments themselves will not change.)

'obey me' is a phrase that is played around with to justify forms of religion and/or Judaizing. jesus did this, so we should do this. Jesus did that so we should obey him and do that. all the while other scripture (in context) says differently.
---aka on 10/4/11


Aka, I understand what you are saying very well now. But don't you think that both quotes have the same meaning? "Obey My commandments" and "Obey Me" has the same meaning. Different words. Jesus is the perfect Law. Obeying the commandments is obeying Him for He is the Law unto Himself.
While changing meanings can and do cause many errors, and is vital that we do not change the meaning of any context. I thank you Aka for bringing this up. Many change the meanings of what God wanted to convey to us, and add their own meaning. peace I leave you.
---Mark_V. on 10/4/11


I like to quiet my thoughts before I pray at my set prayer time. usually throughout the day I am bombarded with audio and video, I see many things and hear many sounds drive and work. So before I pray I like to quiet my thights. I do this by reading the psalms until my thought are 100% on things above, then I pray
---Francis on 10/4/11


markV, obey 'my commandments' and 'obey me' are different just like 'do not eat' and 'we may not even touch' are.

exact wording is not the issue. exact meaning is. loose wording makes room for heresy.
---aka on 10/4/11


Aka, thanks for explaining. What you are saying is, if she doesn't put the exact words, others who are wolves will use it to counter the Truth. I believe that is what you are saying.
I believe her quote was in the same meaning as "If you love Me, keep My commandments" What I was more concern with was her answer about people getting what they ask for. And I supported her view because of the ending to her answer. Another thing I find wrong is when people talk religious talk mixing many context to prove a point. They try to trick you with their words, to make themselves look as if they know what they are talking about and in the process corrupt the Truth. But again, thanks brother, a good reason you gave, peace I leave you.
---Mark_V. on 10/1/11




direct quote.

//Jesus said, if you love me, you'll obey me//

No.

paraphrase at best. Eve paraphrased. ravenous serpent was waiting.

ravenous wolves - false teachers


one the biggest mistakes is listening to someone elses teaching, and using their misquotes. ravenous wolves eat that stuff up. false teachers slowly and methodically take us from the Word, with almost unnoticeable quotes, then devour.
---aka on 9/30/11


Aka, I was never in opposition to what you said. I wanted to encourage her to keep studying. I don't give out A's or B's to anyone. I either agree or disagree and give reason why. The more we encourage others to study, the more they will know about the Lord, which is our goal so that we can bring glory to Christ.
I also do not know what you mean by what you said,
"mark, you always say that you are in defense of the scriptures. the first things that should be defended is a direct quote. one the biggest mistakes is listening to someone elses teaching, and using that misquote. ravenous wolves eat that stuff up."
Can you explain what you mean? What ravenous wolves are you talking about?
---Mark_V. on 9/30/11


markv, i never was in opposition to Donna5535. she ended up saying what i said in the first place. when you complimented her, i took it as her whole response and not her last sentence.

mark, you always say that you are in defense of the scriptures. the first things that should be defended is a direct quote. one the biggest mistakes is listening to someone elses teaching, and using that misquote. ravenous wolves eat that stuff up.
---aka on 9/29/11


Aka 2: My answer of support to what she said was to motive her and encourage her to keep studying. The reason I like it was because in the end of her post she said,
" He will grant it as HE sees best, meaning maybe not the way I think it should turn out, but the way HE sees best which is according to His will." she said this after she said,
"then Father God will grant my request"
If she had not finished with what she said at the end I would never have agreed with her. I was not opposing you at all because we don't always get what we ask for.
---Mark_V. on 9/29/11


Aka, I believe a better question could have been ask. First of all, "if you love the Lord you will keep His commandments." It is that simple. Why not go first to Exodus 20:6. "but showing mercy to thousands to those who love Me and keep My commandments" Here the Lord is speaking. And obedience to the Word of God has not changed. And since Jesus is God, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The believers are the only one's who love Christ, they are the only one's who keep His commandments. Though we are not perfect, our desposition has change, our heart is now for Christ, and because we love Him we try our best to please Him, though we fail many times.
---Mark_V. on 9/29/11




//Donna5535, your last statement was right on.// MarkV

//HIS WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, that means if you keep his commands, // Donna5535

To keep His commands is a far desperate, cry from abiding in Christ. Martha obeys, Mary abides. selah.

MarkV, you challenge certain folks in EVERY point, but you give others an A+ for loose uses of Scripture?

//(Jesus said, if you love me, you'll obey me).//

i ask again. where is this verse?
---aka on 9/28/11


Donna5535, your last statement was right on. I read it twice and it was very good. So long as you know that in the end it will be God's best interest for you. His interest might be not to answer you prayer.
What many forget is that when we ask anything in prayer, if the prayer is answered it changes many things and many lives. And God is looking out for everyone. Not just the one who prayed. What if two people abide in Him and asked for opposite prayers? That is why He doesn't always give us what we ask. Too many praying different things. God is the final Authority as to what He will answer. Donna, you are continuing to do great. Don't get stuck on one things, be open to God in all things.
---Mark_V. on 9/28/11


I pray in accordance with the Bible, therefore I know God hears me everytime! 1 John 5:14 says "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know he hears us, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him"
---Corrina on 9/28/11


meaning maybe not the way I think it should turn out, but the way HE sees best which is according to His will.
---Donna5535 on 9/27/11

that is exactly what i am trying to say. his will be done, therefore, there is no difference if i ask or not. i have faith that He will do His will, and if i abide in His Word (which is ffffffaaaarrrr more than obeying His commandments), he will give the best answer.

prayer to me is hearing Him "speak" as i continually ask, see, and knock. i just cut out the "me" step.
---aka on 9/27/11


aka, you may have learned that scripture with that interpretation, but I didn't.

The Holy Spirit taught me that If you abide in Jesus (meaning, stay connected to him, have a love relationship with Him) and HIS WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, that means if you keep his commands, (Jesus said, if you love me, you'll obey me).

THEN and only THEN you shall ask what you wish and it shall be done for you.

I asked for God to do something for me this week. I believe becaue I'm abiding in Him and His words (scriptures) abide in me and I obey His word at all cost, then Father God will grant my request. He will grant it as HE sees best, meaning maybe not the way I think it should turn out, but the way HE sees best which is according to His will.
---Donna5535 on 9/27/11


//How do we know we are abiding in Him? and His word is abiding in us? That's what I asked the Holy Spirit today. What's your response to this? // ---Donna5535 on 9/24/11

my response to that does not matter.

but let me say that that scripture is always used without one phrase in mind. so, it usually is taught like this:

IF you abide in me, ask whatever you wish and it shall be done for you.

if i tell my son, you can have A, B, or C, and he says, "Dad, I want D, but you said, 'A, B, or C, so C it is." I will surely give him C.

IF you abide in me and IF my word abides in you....
---aka on 9/25/11


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aka, as I went into prayer today about a need I have, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the scripture when Jesus said, "IF you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it shall be done for you."

How do we know we are abiding in Him? and His word is abiding in us? That's what I asked the Holy Spirit today. What's your response to this?
---Donna5535 on 9/24/11


I pray as if I'm talking to my earthly father.But with much love and respect and in full submission to His will but being bold enough to ask what I want and need in life.
---mj on 9/23/11


donna, yes, i did misinterpret. then ,there is a third possibility...coincidence.

let me remind you, I am not arguing with your conclusion, i am simply stating other possibilities as you asked.

i have also had many coincidences in my life, but i think it is a dangerous assumption that we rely on. e.g. how many spouses out there attribute their spouse to God in the beginning, when everything is great. but, they say later that the others are indeed the spawn of Satan?
---aka on 9/23/11


//Satan cannot read minds.// -i understand that. but, there is a lot of assumption here. did she never express concerns to anyone before she prayed. satan certainly knows the communication when she found out and possibly knew her concerns because money was tight. markv, what i am saying is that there are other possibilities, and i answered the question considering l25. there is a lot of assumption in the second response that you gave, but as presented it sounded to me like God rewarded her with money that was not supposed to be hers. and anyway, he knows what we need. i do not think He has to be asked before He releases it. if it is already in His will, all we have to do is give up ours. the struggle is between my wants and His will..
---aka on 9/23/11


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//if you did not expect that return because (by self admission) you should not have been paid that, does God steal from others coffers because you asked?-aka on 9/22/11///

aka, you misinterpreted or misread my response. When you say, "you should not have been paid that"......that wasn't what I said.

I said, "I should not have been paying that tax."

In other words, I was paying a local tax and wasn't supposed to be paying it...so that should answer your own question you had for me...God wasn't stealing anything from anyone, I was paying a tax that I shouldn't have been.

P.S. Satan doesn't know anything. I'm not sure why he was mentioned in answering prayers-he doesn't...God does.
---Donna5535 on 9/23/11


Aka, your answer was good on what Donna5535 said, except number 2. Satan cannot read minds. He knows how to tempt, but does not know what your thinking or what you will do, God does.
You said:
" if you did not expect that return because (by self admission) you should not have been paid that, does God steal from others coffers because you asked?"
Since God knows what we need before we ask, He doesn't have to steal from anyone to provide what you need. Way before you were even in need but not because as you said, (by her own admission) because God did not take what she thought as a tool to provide what He had already started, way before she got in trouble, so what she thought had nothing to do with what God had planned.
---Mark_V. on 9/23/11


//How would I have gotten that if I didn't ask for it from the Lord? Just curious as to your response. \\---Donna5535

just listing the possibilities...not arguing with your conclusion:
1. the Lord knew what you needed before you asked, and it was on the way anyway.

2. Satan knew what you wanted before you asked, and it was on the way anyway.

donna, if i say to God, "Lord, i know what i would like, but, you know what I need. your will be done." and it is part of God's will, wouldn't i receive it? and please do not misapply James 4:2.

now, my question. if you did not expect that return because (by self admission) you should not have been paid that, does God steal from others coffers because you asked?
---aka on 9/22/11


Yes,been a time progression for me,yes! I knew about the urgent & value of prayer (my grandmother teach me secretly bible,prayer) now, I exp. Myself the wonderfull loving Father God,Jesus.. Yes! It's very serious & personal.. I value every chance get to pray..yes! I bother (lovingly my church family, too!) they be like "ELENA why you cry'n?".... Awesomeness,mercylove of God emmerce my heart & mind,my being... Love of Jesus!
---ELENA on 9/22/11


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A pattern for prayer, works every time.
Phil 4:6 Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
---michael_e on 9/22/11


In prayer, I'm relating with God. And if you have been involved in intimacy with another human, possibly you have discovered how complicated and deep and beautiful your communication can be. God who made humans is so more good and complicated than any human > His ways of love and communication in prayer are "past finding out" (consider Romans 11:33). So, I would say the communication of prayer can be much more complicated and involved and including deeper than words, like how the Holy Spirit makes intercession "with groanings which cannot be uttered." (in Romans 8:26) So, prayer includes discovering how we will become with God! (c:
---Bill_willa6989 on 9/22/11


aka, maybe this story will help you understand that we still have a free will and can ask God for anything. It's whether or not He answers us is the key to getting it, right?

I have never been financially depraved because I work full time and don't live above my means, but one day I ran out of money when I had to suddenly move. It cost me thousands. I went to God and said, "Lord, I know you are not a bank, but I'm running out of money, could you somehow get me some more to pay these bills off?"

In two weeks I had a check in the mail to me for a local tax refund that I should NOT have been paying, but was.

How would I have gotten that if I didn't ask for it from the Lord? Just curious as to your response.
---Donna5535 on 9/22/11


Phil. 4:6Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known unto God.
---michael_e on 9/20/11

i struggle with this one. if God knows what i need, then i am afraid to ask for what i need because i might not be "correct" and might just get it.

so, i stick with the supplies that i know i need. i do not know how to love, be loved, communicate, share, be joyous, be wise and gentle, discern...on a day-to-day basis.

i don't even know how to survive in the land of the dead, so since i am..., there must be a God. Thank you, Lord. these are my supplications...your ways are foreign to me and i do not want to just survive. i want to live.
---aka on 9/22/11


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Dear Rickey, thank you so much for your prayers joining with mine. I'm not in the hospital now I am starting on dialysis treatment. Praise God he is in control bless his holy name.
---mima on 9/21/11


Jesus is serious when he talks with us, and we should also be serious when we talk with him.
---Eloy on 9/21/11


Mima are you currently in the hospital? I had liver and kidney failure when I was 11 & Jesus completely healed me & I didn't have to get transplants. I join my faith w/ your's for complete healing.
---Rickey on 9/21/11


Your seriousness when you pray is not the determining factor in the answer you receive. In order to go before the Lord in prayer we should ask the Lord to align our thoughts and our minds with his thoughts and his mine. Intercessory prayer for salvation occupies more time than other types. Recently spent 12 days in hospital(kidney shutdown). In 12 days prayed with over 15 people for their personal salvation many of whom were totally overjoyed. I've done a lot of witnessing last 12 days may be easiest I ever had. The Holy Spirit would really working. I Prayed that the Holy Spirit would go before me before I went to the hospital.
---mima on 9/20/11


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Hi chria9396, of course the Holy Spirit had to teach me to stay quiet because I have the gift of gab.

Sometimes the Holy Spirit will lead me to Worship for hours. Sometimes He will want to intercede through me. Sometimes He will want me to just "Be still and know that I am God" so that He can minister to me.
Sometimes I listen to soft music and start singing with it and then shut it off and angels take over and I go into this worshipping in the Spirit. It's really neat.

Wait on the Lord and see how HE wants you to pray,.
---Donna5535 on 9/20/11


Phil. 4:6Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known unto God.
---michael_e on 9/20/11


"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed (cured, made whole). The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous... avails much. James 5:16

---Leon on 9/20/11


Donna5535, It seems I left out the quotations marks indicating what you wrote, as opposed to what i wrote. Should read: "I start out as Psalm 100 tells us to: Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with Praise.

Then I call Him Abba Father and tell him there is no other God besides Him and no other like Him.

I stay quiet before the Lord until the Holy Spirit guides me "
I like this.
---chria9396 on 9/20/11


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-Donna5535, I start out as Psalm 100 tells us to: Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with Praise.

Then I call Him Abba Father and tell him there is no other God besides Him and no other like Him.

I stay quiet before the Lord until the Holy Spirit guides me I like this.
Reba, I'm so thankful that in those times of "groaning" we have help putting words to our grief. We are never alone when we come to God in prayer.:-) Me too!
Rom. 8:26,Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: For we know not what we should pray for as we ought:but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Amen
---chria9396 on 9/19/11


If you've chosen God to be 'external to you', when CALLING OUT to Him, who is in charge?. Many believers treat God like He is a good riding horse. When they want the horse to turn right or left, etc., they issue the appropriate signal....(ENOUGH SAID).

Since they are 'praying' in Jesus's name, they recieve their physical reward RIGHT HERE ON EARTH (it is their true desire), after all, it really is not THE LORD'S WILL that they want to occur.

Psalm 37:4 "Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart".

Many believers treat God in a manner that they themselves would not want to be treated.

Do you want Him to be "EXTERNAL to you" or INTERNAL?...prove it. What about HIS WILL?.
---more_excellent_way on 9/19/11


\\The natural person receives not that things of the Spirit of God, because they are spiritually discerned. \\

If you had spiritual discernment, which comes from having a Christ-like mind, you would know that only GOD'S words have such power.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/19/11


Chira9396, thank you for those encouraging words. I appreciate them alot.:-) I also agree with what you said about prayer. & I'm so thankful that in those times of "groaning" we have help putting words to our grief. We are never alone when we come to God in prayer.:-)
Rom. 8:26,Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: For we know not what we should pray for as we ought:but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
---Reba on 9/19/11


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The natural person receives not that things of the Spirit of God, because they are spiritually discerned. But we have the mind of Christ. And let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. In faith, nothing wavering. For one that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that person think that they will receive of the Lord. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that when we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us: and when we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we asked of him.
---Eloy on 9/19/11


Steven, I pray silently and aloud, in glossalalia and in English.
---Eloy on 9/19/11


\\Every word that I sincerely pray has virtue and definite purpose, and it will not return to me void but will accomplish whatsoever I send it forth to do.
---Eloy on 9/19/11\\

Isaiah 55:11
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

All I can say is someone is either committing plagiarism or is very confused about his identity.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/19/11


I start out as Psalm 100 tells us to: Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with Praise.

Then I call Him Abba Father and tell him there is no other God besides Him and no other like Him.

I stay quiet before the Lord until the Holy Spirit guides me into either Worship, Praying in the Spirit, or pouring my heart out to God or asking Him what is on His heart. I ask God lots of questions like: Will you help me line myself up with Your vision for Israel? Will you please give me revelation knowledge on whatever it is I need it on.
I try not to ask Him for things unless it's urgent.

"Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, etc., and all these things will be added unto you.
---Donna5535 on 9/19/11


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"How serious are you when you pray?" That might vary, but then I just need to persevere in prayer. At times I pray as in a regular conversation. Prayer may engage the mind heart, spirit,,,I like to pray the Word,led by the Spirit, then: 1 John 5:14.15
"And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us And if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.". fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much and knowing Christ is my righteousness, it is His prayer that availeth much.(Thy will be done.)
There are times of groaning, too deep for words, or that words cannot express.
---chria9396 on 9/19/11


//How serious are you when you pray? //

how serious does one have to be?

//Do you: pray from the mind? //

yes...and from my heart...and from my stomach...and from my emotions...and from my flesh...and from my selfishness...

//Repeat your prayers verbatim?//

yes. i do teach my kids to pray the lord's prayer and pray a kid's prayer before meals.

//Pray as though a regular conversation? //

yes, but it is not too long before i say thy will be done. i try to listen more than i like to speak.
---aka on 9/19/11


YES on all three, and more.

This question is a dangerous one so it is posted.
---andy3996 on 9/19/11


Every word that I sincerely pray has virtue and definite purpose, and it will not return to me void but will accomplish whatsoever I send it forth to do.
---Eloy on 9/19/11


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Reba, I am often blessed by your responses. I agree, in prayer we praise, thank, seek guidance, forgiveness
Matt 6:9
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name
---Chria9396 on 9/19/11


I am totally serious,I pray in faith believing God hears,receives,and answers my prayers. I pray with the mind in a spiritual way most of the time,in the Spirit or in tongues some of the time. All of the time I pray out of love and concern for those I pray for or the things I pray for. I repeat my prayers but it is the people's names I pray for everyday. No conversation,I either pray or praise God on a more spiritual level. I do have conversation,so to speak,with God but not in prayer. I pray knowing God is King I am his subject,Master I am his servant,Father I am his child and I give him the love,honor and respect he is due.
---Darlene_1 on 9/19/11


When I pray, I'm talking with my Father. So, it's either thanking Him, Praising Him or asking for help/guidance & forgiveness. Sometimes all of them at the same time. Prayer for me is NEVER a ritual sorta thing. It's simply talking with my Father God about the things going on in my life on a daily basis.
---Reba on 9/18/11


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