People may be able to carry out the practice of prayer and to understand the significance of prayer, but for prayer to be effective is no simple matter. Prayer is not a case of just going through the motions, following procedure, or reciting the words of God. That is to say, praying is not parroting certain words and it is not imitating others. In prayer, one must reach the state where one’s heart can be given to God, laying open one’s heart so that it may be moved by God. If prayer is to be effective, then it must be based on the reading of God’s words. Continue reading “What can true prayer achieve?”
“And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men” (Mat 6:5).
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Faith in God necessitates a normal spiritual life, which is the foundation for experiencing God’s words and entering into reality. Does all your current practice of prayers, of drawing near to God, of hymn-singing, praise, meditation, and pondering the words of God amount to a “normal spiritual life”? Continue reading “What is the prayer of religious ceremony? Can it meet with God’s approval?”
Morning Prayer – Christian Music – Praise Song Collection
00:00:00 How Important God’s Love for Man Is
00:05:44 God Wants to Gain Those Who Have True Knowledge of Him
00:09:44 God Is God, Man Is Man
Today we will discuss a question: What is true prayer?
What do you think is true prayer?
A. Adhering to morning and evening prayers every day
B. Offering prayers of gratitude before meals, and giving thanks in all things
C. Praying for a long time and reciting more Bible verses
D. Praying to God with a sincere heart and speaking what is in our heart honestly
Will you draw near to God in your busy life?
A. Yes, no matter how busy I am, I will persist in praying, reading God’s words, and attending meetings.
B. I will do that after finishing my work.
When it comes to today’s world, lots of people say: “Today’s world is becoming more and more dark and evil. There are no proper relationships or genuine love between people. For the sake of money and interests, men engage in intrigue and even kill each other; selling bodies, toying with fleshly desires and betraying marriage are common occurrences; gambling, stealing, murdering, swindling and cheating occur frequently….” We can’t help but lament: Why is the world so dark and evil?
It says in the Bible: “The whole world lies in wickedness” (1 John 5:19).
God says: “Adam and Eve created by God in the beginning were holy people, which is to say, whilst in the Garden of Eden they were holy, untainted with filth. They were also faithful to Jehovah, and knew nothing of the betrayal of Jehovah. This is because they were without the disturbance of the influence of Satan, were without Satan’s poison, and were the purest of all mankind. They lived in the Garden of Eden, undefiled by any filth, unpossessed by the flesh, and in reverence of Jehovah. Later, when they were tempted by Satan, they had the poison of the serpent, and the desire to betray Jehovah, and they lived under the influence of Satan. … After being corrupted by Satan, man became a beast. His thoughts were filled with evil and filth, without good or holiness. Is this not Satan?”
God’s words say: “When praying, you must have a heart that is quiet before God, and you must have a sincere heart. You are truly communing and praying with God—you must not deceive God using nice-sounding words. Prayer should center upon that which God wishes to accomplish right now. Ask God to grant you greater enlightenment and illumination, bring your actual states and your troubles into His presence when you pray, including the resolution that you made before God. Prayer is not about following procedure; it is about seeking God with a sincere heart. Ask that God protect your heart, so that your heart may often be quiet before Him; that in the environment in which He has placed you, you would know yourself, despise yourself, and forsake yourself, thus allowing you to have a proper relationship with God and truly become someone who loves God” (“Concerning the Practice of Prayer”).
Are you still waiting for the Lord’s return? A group of Christians who yearn for the return of the Savior have now greeted the Lord after seeking hard. Among them, some greet the Lord when they are looking for a way to being cleansed of their sins and entering into the kingdom of heaven; some understand the mystery of the name of God and thus welcome the Lord; some hear the voice of God and recognize that the Lord has returned and then they greet the Lord; etc. This precisely fulfills the words of the Lord Jesus: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27).
Prayer is a means by which we call upon God, it is the path for establishing a normal relationship with God and, moreover, it is something we must do every day.
God’s words say: “After God created mankind and gave them spirits, He enjoined them that if they didn’t call out to God, then they would not be able to connect with His Spirit and thus the ‘satellite television’ from heaven would not be received on earth. When God is no longer in people’s spirits there is an empty seat left open for other things, and that’s how Satan seizes the opportunity to get in. Continue reading “Christian Songs About Prayer | 83 The Effect of True Prayer”
All those who truly believe in the Lord are yearning for the Lord to come to rapture them into the kingdom of heaven. When we read the Bible, we can see these words: “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2–3). So we believe that since the Lord Jesus was resurrected and ascended to heaven, and the place the Lord prepared for us should also be in heaven. But is this really the case? Is our viewpoint in line with the Lord’s will? Where is exactly the kingdom of God?