Tips On Prayer

3 Things that Hinder a Person’s Prayers (Podcast)

https://bellatorchristi.com/2017/06/25/podcast-3-things-that-hinder-a-persons-prayers/

(Podcast) Message: “The Blessings of United Prayer” (Acts 1:12-26)

https://bellatorchristi.com/2017/06/23/podcast-message-the-blessings-of-united-prayer-acts-112-26/

Having Jesus As Our Greatest Treasure – A Prayer

Philippians 3:7 – I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him.

Lord Jesus, as I meditate on the Apostle Paul’s words, I smell the aroma of a free man, a joyful man, and a grace-man–a man I want to become more like. Things he once treasured became Paul’s “garbage.” Old stuff that used to consume him, no longer even amused him. Enjoying an intimate and robust relationship with you mean more to Paul that any other competing currency and treasure.

I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 

Though I’m not as free as Paul, I am as justified as he is. For I too can say, with humility and über-joy, that you are my righteousness. I don’t trust in doing good stuff, or not doing bad stuff, for my acceptance with God–not in my tears or my sincerity, not my service or my repentance, not in my giving or my striving.

10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death.

That is why I can say with Paul, I want to know you better and better, Jesus–more deeply and fully, spilling over into a life of living to your glory. So grant me the power of the Spirit to love well–to love holiness, people, and my community. And grant me a greater willingness to suffer with you, Jesus. Give me your heart, tears, and compassion, for the broken people and broken places in our world. So very Amen I pray, in your lovely and loving name.

70 Prompts for Praising God

“My mouth is filled with Your praise, and with Your glory all the day.” Ps. 71:8

Praise Him with me through this list of 70 prompts: http://www.oflarks.com/blog/70-prompts-for-praising-god

The Holy Spirit and Prayer: The Communicative Aspects of the Holy Spirit

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By: Brian Chilton

Last week, Jason Kline and I co-authored an article on the three positions on prayer: the pantheist view (that individuals can coerce and force God to speak); the deist view (the view that God never speaks); and the theist view (that God speaks to his people according to his will). When we consider God’s voice, it is imperative that we understand the working of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Triune Godhead, enjoined with God the Father (Yahweh) and God the Son (Jesus). So, what exactly does the Holy Spirit do as it pertains to prayer?

  1. The Holy Spirit Reveals the Word (Matt. 22:43; Acts 1:16; 4:25; 28:25; 1 Peter 1:11; 2 Peter 1:21). The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit communicates with humanity by revealing God’s word. The writers of Scripture were inspired in ways that we are not today. That is to say, they received the infallible, inerrant word of God. Jesus noted, “How is it then that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’” (Matt. 22:43)?[1] Again in Acts 1:16, Peter said, “Brothers and sisters, it was necessary that the Scripture be fulfilled that the Holy Spirit through the mouth of David foretold about Judas” (Acts 1:16). Peter also writes in his letters that “They inquired into what time or what circumstances the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified in advance to the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow” (1 Peter 1:11) and that “No prophecy of Scripture comes from the prophet’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). While the prophets and writers of Scriptures were guided by the Holy Spirit to document the written word of God, the modern Christian is guided into understanding God’s revelation which is a gift and communicative aspect of the same Holy Spirit.

Read more: https://bellatorchristi.com/2017/05/23/the-holy-spirit-and-prayer-the-communicative-aspects-of-the-holy-spirit/

3 Views on Prayer: Which is the Most Biblical?

By: Brian Chilton and Jason Kline

In recent years, we have noticed an increasing amount of skepticism among Christian ranks concerning prayer and how God responds. Much of the skepticism about God’s involvement in prayer comes from false understandings of prayer often popularized by televangelists, the Word of Faith movement, charismatic circles, blending of Hindu and Christian concepts such as yoga, mantra, Zen and an emptying of the self to achieve enlightenment. Yet, to combat such false ideas, it seems to us that we run the risk of going too far in the other direction tossing out ideas of the supernatural in order to preserve and protect Biblical Christianity from contamination. That is to ask, can the Christian still experience God and hear from him? Or, has the imminent workings of God ceased at the closing of the Scriptural canon?

Dr. Gary Yates, Professor of Old Testament, at Liberty University once said, “Biblical theology must shape systematic theology.” We concur. This is especially true as it relates to prayer. Prayer is a vital aspect of the Christian’s life. Prayer has always been known as a believer’s communication with God.[1] With that in mind, it behooves us to evaluate what we consider to be three views on prayer: the pantheist view on prayer; the deist view on prayer; and the theist view on prayer. Lastly, we will present what we believe to best model as it pertains to Scriptural evidence.

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