A Look Into Prayer

12/31/14: updated 1/2/15

This “look into prayer” is really more a look into some if the things I have learned over the years and an opportunity to learn more. And that is my prayer in this that we grow as Christians and in our understanding of Who God is.

And in that note, “Who God Is”, an experience I had a few years ago....7 or 8 years. In a discussion with a couple of other folks, subject long since forgotten, I made a comment something like this. “the prayers of the lost don't rise above the ceiling” … in other words, God doesn’t hear them. Now, I knew when I said it that it wasn’t correct. But I had believed it beforehand, I had heard others make the same statement. I knew it wasn’t in the Bible verbatim, but I thought it was at least there in form or idea. So I went searching. I found comments for and against the idea...nothing concrete, until.

I found one on www.gotquestions.org I think it was. The answer went something like this. God is Sovereign. Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient. It is fully His option to hear any and every prayer that is presented to him, and it is fully His option to answer the prayer or not. HIS OPTION! That did it for me. I no longer question ability! And beside, how would any of us ever be able to get His attention at the time of salvation if He didn't hear the prayers of the lost.

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We start with The Lords Prayer in Matthew 6.

1Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 
2Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 
3But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 
4That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
5And when thou prayest, thou shalt 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. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 
6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 

7-13 “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:(TheMessage)
    I never have really liked The Message Bible, it is just way too general for me; but in this passage it says what I want to say... 
 Prayer is just simply talking to God. Don't let the term "prayer ignorant" throw you, there is no formula or certain stance in prayer that Gets God's attention. it is not some kind of magic trick to get God to hear you or to get Him to move in your favor. And it is certainly no "magick" incantation to force Him in any way! (i'm pulling this from my own memory here, "magic" is more concerned with slight of hand. card tricks and so forth..."magick" is more concerned with the "dark arts" it is dangerous in my opinion.) God's atttention is always turned toward you. He always hears you. and i think He always answers your prayers...Either Yes, No or When the time is right. Poetic speaking and a reverent stance are ok but, they are not going to get God to move any different and if they are offered in an act of showmanship, i think those prayers may be ignored (maybe not) because they honor self and not God.

    prayer offered in sincerity, with an attitude of heart that is turned toward Him and not self is a prayer that honors God weather it is offered in public or in a fit of despiration. 

7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 
8Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 
11Give us this day our daily bread. 
12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 
13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 
14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 
15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.