Sunday, October 04, 2015

In the name of Jesus | Manna for your Soul

Christianity like many other religions have eloquent pray masters. I know people who will weep, cry out, use fluffy words and flowery phrases while praying. I know people who break out in to a hymn midway through a prayer. I know people whose tones will rise in a crescendo while praying. Their prayers are so long, I am pretty sure most people would just change the radio station in their heads and come back just in time to chime 'Amen'. 
But do we really need to have 30 minute prayers to get His attention? 
Do we really need to use articulated sentences and cliched requests to get His favor?

In the New Testament, Jesus taught us the Lord's Prayer. Newer denominations within Christianity have relegated the Lord's Prayer as a dietary supplement to our regular marathon prayers. 

Thankfully, John 14:12-14 gives us some very valuable insights into what is the only prayer we need. And I'll break it up as the 4A's of Prayer.

Association- Jesus is the way the truth and the life. There isn't a shortcut or a faster route to Heaven. Many people get disillusioned by how long they perceive it takes God to act. Well, it should. Because if God would have been hasty and passed judgement as fast as we'd liked Him to perform miracles, we'd all be banished long ago.

Access- We do not need a go between. Catholics worship the mother Mary, because they believe she is the go-in-between man and God. Many other religions worship long dead saints and deities for the same reason. The truth is we don't need a middleman anymore. He came, so that we would have a high-speed LAN connection with our Creator. How much better can it get?

Authority- Jesus is our authority. All inclusive... All authority.. All time. Period.

Agreement- Many years ago, when I was struggling in my career, and when I was laid off, I asked for His will in my life. It was difficult to admit defeat (after all, we are potty trained to never give up), but when I did ask Him to take over, things changed and my life has never been the same again. We must ask His will be done. Even when we know what we want, we must ask His will in our lives. 

This I pray in the Name of Jesus.

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