luni, martie 10, 2008

There Is A God

There Is A God ...There Is A God ...There Is A God !

What Jesus Did! - Few Words are Needed

"And when you pray, don't be like those people that don't know God. They continue saying things that mean nothing. Don't pray like that. They think that God will hear them because of the many things they say. Don't be like those people. Your Father knows the things you need before you ask him.
- Matthew 6:7-8 (ERV)


The Stoic Philosopher Seneca made fun of the pagans of his day "fatiguing the gods" with their prayers. Jesus warns his followers not to follow the same course. Senseless babbling and the heaping up of repetitious phrases do not win us an audience with God. Prayer is not about magic formulas or fancy speech. Prayer is about our confidence in the Father's knowing us and responding to our needs. Under this understanding, our words don't need to be special or effusive, just heartfelt and genuine!


Holy and righteous Father, thank you for hearing my simple words that come from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for blessings. Please forgive me for my sins and guard me from evil. Use me in astounding ways that bring you glory! Empower me to do your will. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scriptures:

"You people will raise your arms to pray to me--but I will refuse to look at you. You people will say more and more prayers--but I will refuse to listen to you. Why? Because your hands are covered with blood. - Isaiah 1:15

Be very careful when you go to worship God. It is better to listen {to God} than to give sacrifices like foolish people. Foolish people often do bad things, and they don't even know it. Be careful when you make promises to God. Be careful about the things you say to God.
Don't let your feelings cause you to speak too soon. God is in heaven, and you are on the earth. So you need to say only a few things to God. This saying is true: Bad dreams come with too many worries, and a fool with too many words. - Ecclesiastes 5:1-3

{You are not like God}--you are evil. But you know how to give good things to your children. So surely your heavenly Father will give good things to those people that ask him. - Matthew 7:11