Who Prays When You Pray?

Written by A K Whitehead

Who Prays When You Pray? A K Whitehead

When we pray, who doesrepparttar praying? Almost any knowledgable Christian will giverepparttar 126945 same response to that question. In fact, it is a questions which separatesrepparttar 126946 knowledgable fromrepparttar 126947 less knowledgeable Christian.

The response, of course, ought to be that it isrepparttar 126948 Holy Spirit who doesrepparttar 126949 praying, not us. For example, Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:18 that we should pray inrepparttar 126950 Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. So however we are praying and whatever we are praying for, it should berepparttar 126951 Holy Spirit who is doingrepparttar 126952 praying.

But is it?

Establishing Our Priorities Sometimes we are so caught up in our own problems and difficulties that we perhaps miss-remember what Paul tells us in Romans 8. 26. We behave as if he said that, when we do not know what to pray for,repparttar 126953 Holy Spirit will pray on our behalf.

In fact, when we think about it, that would be a contradiction of Ephesians 6. 18. Of course, what Paul actually says in Romans 8:26 is thatrepparttar 126954 "Spirit helps us in our weakness." This weakness is a general condition, not a specific one! For Paul goes on to say that "We do not know what we ought to pray for, butrepparttar 126955 Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express." (New International Version).

Again note that there is a general statement here: "We do not know...", He does not say "On those occasion when we do not know what to pray for..."

We often think we know what to pray for. Some of us may consider that we always know what to pray for. We either ignore what Paul says, or we do not know what he says, or we do not want to meet what he says "head on", as it were.

In effect, we establish our own priorities in prayer. Moreover, we establish in them preference to whateverrepparttar 126956 priorities ofrepparttar 126957 Holy Spirit happen to be.

Some Of Our Problems There are several important problems which we tend to have in allowingrepparttar 126958 Spirit to establish his own priorities in our prayers.

1. We lack faith. We do have faith, certainly, but do we use it? If we don't, it will not grow. Here, we need to have sufficient faith to know thatrepparttar 126959 Spirit does hear us and responds to us.

2. We lack trust. This is certainly a strict concomitant of faith. If we do not have sufficient ofrepparttar 126960 former, we shall certainly be deficient inrepparttar 126961 latter! Can we trustrepparttar 126962 Spirit to pray through us? and for what is most needed at this time?

Meeting Jesus In Meditation

Written by A K Whitehead

Meeting Jesus In Meditation A K Whitehead

There are many approaches to prayer. Not least because there are many different needs. Butrepparttar greatest of all our needs is to get nearer to Jesus. The most powerful form of prayer for this purpose is arguably Christian meditation.

This article discusses some ofrepparttar 126944 special aspects of Christian meditation

Sources Of The Benefits Of Christian Meditation Meditation has a very long history in Christianity and has taken various forms. But meditation on Scripture, and not leastrepparttar 126945 gospels, is a kind which has great power.

How doesrepparttar 126946 power come about?. From three sources: which work together to bring us closer to God:

1. Fromrepparttar 126947 Holy Spirit, of course. But this kind of prayer makes a very special kind of requirement on us and onrepparttar 126948 Spirit, and that is expressed in terms of

2. Faith. Obviously,repparttar 126949 very act of prayer, any prayer, involves some kind of faith. Butrepparttar 126950 degree of faith which this form of prayer demands can be quite different than in other forms of prayer.

3. Consistency. To really get into this kind of prayer one needs a daily commitment which is kept consistently. It is often said that "grace builds on nature" and that is very true. In this case it is true because we need to become habitually open torepparttar 126951 way in whichrepparttar 126952 Spirit works within us. We shall not achieve that unless we become habitual in our habits of prayer.

Essentials Of Christian Meditation Christian meditation onrepparttar 126953 Bible is essentially straightforward in terms of what we do andrepparttar 126954 procedure we follow. However, there are many questions and issues which arise fromrepparttar 126955 process. Too many to consider in a short article such as this. The subject receives an in-depth treatment in repparttar 126956 book "The Keys To Meditation" by Keith & Iris Whitehead. But here we can indicate some ofrepparttar 126957 essentials and some important benefits.

This kind of meditation should not be confused in any ways with types derived from Eastern religions, such as Hinduism. It is quite different and essentially Christian. Very often it is associated with Ignatius of Loyola because, after his conversion, he developed a particularly clear method of approach.

This involves reading Scripture in a particular way. At its essence is explicitly allowingrepparttar 126958 Holy Spirit to reveal to usrepparttar 126959 nature and meaning of what, after all, he himself has written overrepparttar 126960 centuries.

The Subject Matter For a Christian,repparttar 126961 most important part of Scripture isrepparttar 126962 New Testament. While, we can meditate onrepparttar 126963 Old Testament,repparttar 126964 former is, at least,repparttar 126965 best place to start. Sometimes we meditate onrepparttar 126966 gospels; sometimes onrepparttar 126967 letters or Acts or Revelations. Inrepparttar 126968 latter casesrepparttar 126969 approach is somewhat different in important respects to meditating onrepparttar 126970 gospels. However, it is meditation onrepparttar 126971 gospels which can bring us repeatedly face-to-face with Jesus in real and dynamic ways.

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