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Monday, September 26, 2005 at 10:50 PM

Learning about prayer

So I just learned this the past week (apparently this is normal knowledge, apparently I don't have normal knowledge =p). Thought I'd share it.

Prayer throughout Scripture is to the Father, though Christ, by the Holy Spirit.

We only have access to the Father though the one mediator (1 Tim. 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus). This also means that only true Christians has prayer that is pleasing to God. (Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked,but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 28:9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,even his prayer is an abomination.)

We pray as Jesus prayed, "Our Father..." (Matthew 6:9)

We pray only because the Spirit enables and teaches us how to pray. (Eph. 2:18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.)

I had always operated under the assumption we could pray to anyone, Father, Son, or Spirit. Interesting

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Anonymous Doug said...

For more info about this, I suggest picking up a copy of "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" by Bruce Ware. This book examines the roles and relationships within the trinity and really helps with topics like this. Once you understand better how we are to approach God, you are better able to determine how not to approach Him.  

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Blogger mxu said...

It's from that very book that I picked these things up (and a little bit reading on the side). Quite the read.  

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Blogger Frank Martens said...

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Blogger Joanna Martens said...

Also, Jesus is standing in on our behalf withholding God's wrath...in otherwords, Satan is there accusing us consistantly of our sins...but God simply points to Christ...Check out Job 1 and I think Hebrews. I love it!  

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