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Prayer in the Grace Life

August 15th, 2009 by under Living in Grace, Prayer. No Comments.

Our pastor often says, one of the first things to go when you learn about grace is your prayer life. He says that before you know about grace, your prayers tended to be rote memorization repeated night after night when you manage to remember to fall to your knees before you fall into bed and might sound something like this:

God please forgive me for thinking badly of my coworker  today. God please forgive me for muttering curse words while driving to work.  Please forgive me for jaywalking. Please forgive me for being rude to the teller at the bank.  Please bless my mother, my sisters, my brother and their children; please bless my father and his family; please bless my boss and her family.

And so on.

A lot of us are taught to say prayers before we go to bed at night, kneeling before the Lord and asking forgiveness for our sins, and also to pray for all our loved ones.

What we learn from Paul is to pray without ceasing (without ceasing – all the time – not just before you go to sleep at night):

1 Thessalonians 5:17  Pray without ceasing.

And he does tell us to pray one for another.

In writing to the saints in Ephesas:

Eph 1:16  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

The saints at Colossus:

Col 1:9  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

To the church of the Thessalonians:

2 Thessalonians 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

Paul asks for prayer from the Thessolonicans:

1 Thessalonians 5:25 Brethren, pray for us.

2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

So even though our prayer life might “go” we are supposed to pray as grace believers. There are a few little changes though. First of all, we don’t have to ask for forgiveness of our sins (in effect keep a “short list”) because we are already forgiven for all our sins before we ever commit them. It is repetitious and redundant to ask God to forgive us of our sins, when he has already forgiven us through the work his Son did at Calvary. Next, we don’t need to limit our pray time to while we are on our knees, or in a pray closet.

Praying becomes our way of communicating with our heavenly Father.  Letting him know what’s going on in your life, letting him know all about everything. The other component to prayer is reading your King James Version bible, but I’ll go more into that on another post.

Praying for you always without ceasing,

pima

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