Part Four The Cost Of Following Christ Is It Worth It Praying

1 John 2; 1-2 : My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is the [b]propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
Roman 8;26, 34- 35 ; 26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words;
34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was [l]raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of [m]Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

John 10 16; I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.5
John Stott pg 257 third point fourth point
Prayer is defines; a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship. or An act of communion with God, a god, or another object of worship, such as in devotion, confession, praise, or thanksgiving: One evening a week, the family would join together in prayer.
The Greek word is; proseúxomai (from/prós, “towards, exchange” euxomai, “to wish, pray”) – properly, to exchange wishes; pray – literally, to interact with the Lord by switching human wishes (ideas) for His wishes.
The Hebrew words is Palal from the parent root PL which literally means “Speak to Authority”. Literally means to “fall down to the ground in the presence of one in authority pleading a cause”

Those who believe in Jesus Christ and follow Him believes that the pray is essential with their walk with God, and practice on a daily basic. It’s the blue print into God’s plan along with the Word of God. It’s a time of intimacy with God in those fellow Him.
There many foam of prayer such as, public prayer. private prayer , praise,thanksgiving, confession, intercession ,petition ,silent prayer, the offices ,ejaculatory prayer ,prayers at meals ,meditation ,THE LORD’S PRAYER.
Some love to sing, while others use the words of God, well other use a pray book while others pray all at once known as the African or Asian prayer while others pray in silent. Nelson New Christian Dictionary wrote; “Fellowship and communion with God involving adoration, worship, praise, thanksgiving, supplication, petition, confession, repentance, meditation, dedication, and intercession. Christian prayer is addressed to God as Father through and in the name of Jesus Christ, his Son, and is based on the confidence that he hears his children. “ Easton Bible Dictionary defines; s converse with God; the intercourse of the soul with God, not in contemplation or meditation, but in direct address to him. Prayer may be oral or mental, occasional or constant, ejaculatory or formal.” Furthermore the Easton Bible Dictionary. “ It is a “beseeching the Lord” (Ex. 32:11); “pouring out the soul before the Lord” (1 Sam. 1:15); “praying and crying to heaven” (2 Chr. 32:20); “seeking unto God and making supplication” (Job 8:5); “drawing near to God” (Ps. 73:28); “bowing the knees” (Eph. 3:14).” As Bible states, “There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work through all of us” Whatever your prayer style, exercise it in agreement with others. On the webpage,http://powertochange.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/ PrayerStyle.pdf Whatever your prayer style, exercise it in agreement with others. On the next page is a list* of various prayer styles.

Intercessory prayer is my favourite style of pray where the individual intercedes on some one behalf for example someone really sick someone out who does not Christ atoning work, someone helpless situation. Intercession prayer is defined as: is the act of praying to God on behalf of others. Or is one who takes the place of another or pleads another . The Greek word is; huperentugchanó: to intercede, to make petition for. For example Christ interceding on behalf His follower found in, 1 John 2; 2 or Romans 8;34, John 17; 20- 26 or Christ interceding on behalf disciples John 17; 6-19. The Holy Spirit also interceding for those who not able to pray found in Romans 8; 26-27.
Another styles of intercessory prayer are found in in the Old Testament. For instance Moses interceding on behalf Jewish nation found in Numbers 14:13-16 or Abraham interceding behalf nephew Lot found Genesis 18:22-19:29, or Judah interceding on behalf youngest brother Benjamin, Genesis 44:18-47:2.

There were sibling who were prayer warrior who interceded on my behalf during my rebellious years for example my mother or my sister Marcia who pray for 1 John 2; 2 when I told her I was not interesting religion or Christ anymore. Because of their prayers sin was not fun it was awful as my Aunt Nienke. Martin Lloyd Jones once said God allow rebellion in a young person life for brief period in their life to demonstrate how terrible sin, and outcome of sin on their life. Perhaps these two prayers who once were rebellious for short period could relate. Mother once told me when she went through brief stint of rebellion her father pray for her during that time . The Nelson Illustrated; Bible Dictionary the act of petitioning God or praying on behalf of another person or group. The sinful nature of this world separates human beings from God. It has always been necessary, therefore, for righteous individuals to go before God to seek reconciliation between Him and His fallen creation But Christ’s intercessory work did not cease when He returned to heaven. In heaven He intercedes for His church (Heb. 7:25). His Holy Spirit pleads on behalf of the individual Christian (Rom. 8:26–27). Finally, because of their unique relationship to God through Christ, Christians are urged to intercede for all people (1 Tim. 2:1).

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