Weekly Devotional – 21 Aug, 2021

Only Begotten Son

Genesis 22:1-19

Every person who has ever gone to church has heard the story of Abraham and Isaac. It took a lot of faith to be willing, without question, to sacrifice your son as a burnt offering. Abram had the ultimate faith in God.

We see in verse 7 that Isaac questioned his father about the lamb for the offering. In Verse 8 Abraham told his son that God would provide the lamb. By his faith, Abraham knew that God would not allow him to sacrifice his son.

Sacrifices have been around since the beginning of time. Abel gave a sacrifice to God. He gave the firstborn of his flock. Cain also gave a portion of his grain (Genesis 4:3-4). The jealousy connected to this sacrifice was the reason for the first murder in the history of man.

How did these two know to sacrifice to God? At some point they had to have had an interaction with God and perhaps Adam or Eve told them the story of their beginning and the sin they caused. Either way, faith was born in that first sacrifice. Through the years after Cain and Abel, there have been many sacrifices.

Some scholars have questioned the amount of the sacrifice. However, if they had paid attention to the scripture, God told them the answer. The amount didn’t matter. The condition of the heart and the willingness to give to God the firstborn or first fruits of your labor. It was their willingness to take what was left after you give to God.

A strong plea has been made that: Since faith was what made the sacrifice acceptable to God, this faith must have been based upon a positive enactment of God in the past. Without this divine positive enactment to guarantee its truthfulness, faith, in Abel, would have been declared superstition. In other words, faith, in order to be truly based and properly directed, must have a revelation from God, a positive expression of the divine will.

The same is true today. You can go to church a hundred times for your own reasons, but the first time you go to church because you feel you should; that is when you are ready to have enough faith to be saved. God is working in your heart and that is a positive interaction with God.

The ultimate interaction with man was the giving of His son to free us from all the sins we had committed so our hearts could be pure, and our thoughts of God could be good.

There are many churches today that concentrate on the punishment of Israel from God. They tell their parishioners that this is what will happen to them if they are not saved. These same churches tell their people nothing about the love of God, the kindness of God, nor the patience of God. Without these, mankind could not exist.

Well, the things mentioned above are things God feels for Christians only. No! Read (John 3:16). The verse begins (For God so Loved the World). Not just the Christians, sinners, or the Jews, God so loved the world! That includes everyone from the beginning of time to the end. It also includes some names that we can’t seem to forgive such as Judas, Matthew, The Paster, the deacons, Hitler, Paul, Martin Luther King, Geronimo, You and Me. When God said the world, He was talking about everyone. God is willing to save them because He gave His only begotten Son for them.

There are many instances in the New Testament where Jesus talks about the arrogance of the tithe given by the Pharisees. It wasn’t that their gift wasn’t enough, it was their attitude. They gave out of obligation and they wanted everyone to know how rich they were giving (Luke 21:1-4). In this scripture the widow gave all she had, out of her love for God.

God was the one that gave all for the sins of man. God gave His Only Begotten Son for the sins of the world. That includes you and me, God gave the final lamb that had to be sacrificed because of the sins of man (John 1:29).

Sacrifices have been an important part of the worship of God, but today a different type of sacrifice is needed, it’s the same faith Abraham had. The humbleness of the soul, it’s the love we give to God, the devotion God shows to us through the Holy Spirit.

Search your heart. What is the reason you worship God? If you don’t go to church, why? If you don’t believe in God, why? If you love God, why?

Weekly Devotional – Aug 14, 2021

The Misused Psalm.

Psalms 23:1-6

I have been hearing this Psalm since I can remember. The problem comes from where I have been hearing this Psalm used. Most of the time this Psalm is used for funerals. Although I do agree that the message is a good one to convince people to think about the hereafter, it is also a good Psalm to use other places.

If this Psalm is so good at inspiring people to think about their future, why not use it in a place where it will do some good for everyone. Many times, I have heard this scripture used when the person being buried was not a Christian, the scripture will not do that person any good.

I can only remember this scripture being preached one or two times in my lifetime in a church service. Why do preachers avoid this scripture so often? I personally think this scripture should be used at least twice per year. I would like to see Psalms 23 used where it would do the most good, with the live people.

The sheep owner frequently tends the flocks himself, but more often he delegates the work to his children (1 Samuel 16:19; 1 Samuel 17:15) or relatives. We know that Jesus is the head of the church (Eph. 1:22), but Jesus has so many flocks in the one congregation, He allows a family member (Romans 8:15) to lead the individual family unit, the husband (1 Cor. 11:3). In such cases, the sheep have good care because the keepers have a personal interest in the well-being of the family unit.

When I was young I longed for the spring when the pastures turned green and the meadows brought forth their wildflowers. I don’t think there is a more beautiful or relaxing place in the world. At least that was what I thought at the time. In my later years, I have found, not a place, but a book that gives me the same secure feeling and the same beauty I experienced in those green pastures. That book is the bible, God’s Word. After I became a Christian, I found that the bible should be used daily to comfort and encourage the family.

God created both the man and woman in His image (Gen. 1:27) and when they sinned, God set into motion a plan to return them to His image. Without hesitation, God gave His Only Son to die on the cross for our sins. The death of Jesus on the cross gave us the opportunity to “keep silence” in the world (Psalms 4:4) and not sin. The bible teaches us to “be still” (Psalms 46:10) so we can hear His word and learn to live for Him. What family household doesn’t need that in their lives these days?

This valley of the shadow of death we call live is the one thing that no one should have to fear. We fear our first years of school, we fear our graduation from college or high school, we fear marriage. Yes, there are many things in this life the world has taught us to fear. But God, tells us in His word not to fear any of these things (Matthew 6:25-34) for He will be our provider. God has never said anything about making us rich, but he will never let us need for anything essential.

I believe that Psalms 23 has more to do with the family than the dead. If we used it in the correct context, I believe it should be used to inspire the perfect “wedding vows.” These vows would be read by the husband and wife simultaneously. If I were to use it for the vows, they would read something like this.

  • God is the Shepherd of our household
  • He will lead us when we go to work and when we are together at home
  • We will have no need in our marriage, for God is our provider
  • We will study God’s Word and allow God to comfort us in the green pastures of life
  • We will still our hearts to allow God to guide us every step of the way
  • He has restored our souls to His image through the death Of Jesus on the cross
  • We will live the righteousness expected of someone in the Divine Nature of God
  • We will abstain from sin for His name sake
  • As we walk through this valley called life, we will fear no evil For God is with us
  • His word and His church they comfort us
  • You send me out before the lost of the world to spread your word
  • You anoint us with the oil of your faith and our hearts overflow with Your love
  •  With your help, our family will live in the goodness and mercy of Your love
  •  And we will live in the church with our brothers and sister in Christ forever. AMEN

Who is guiding your marriage?

Weekly Devotional – July 31, 2021

Risen

Luke 24:1-12

We don’t know at what time Jesus arose from the dead on the first day of the week, but it must have been very early. The earthquake and the angel (Matt. 28:2-4) opened the tomb, not to let Jesus out but to let the witnesses in.

Mary Magdalene had been especially helped by Jesus and was devoted to Him (Luke 8:2). She had lingered at the cross (Mark 15:47), and then she was first at the tomb. With her were Mary the mother of James; Joanna; and other devout women (Luke 24:10), hoping to finish preparing their Lord’s body for burial.

Because of the timing of the crucifixion, the body had not been completely prepared. The Sabbath started at 6 pm on Friday. Why? Because that is when the workday ended at sundown (Mark 1:32; Luke 4:40). We are not concerned with other places in the world, God was in the Garden of Eden. From the description of the Garden of Eden, we can assume that it was originally located in what we today call Iran. Sundown there is at about 6 pm.

There had been little time to preserve the body and get it to the tomb before sundown. What the ladies were doing was a sad labor of love that was transformed into gladness when they discovered that Jesus was alive.

“Who will roll the stone away?” was their main concern. The Roman soldiers would not break the Roman seal, especially for a group of mourning Jewish women. But God had solved the problem for them; the tomb was open and there was not a body to prepare!

At this point, two angels appeared on the scene. Matthew 28:2 and Mark 16:5 mention only one of the two, the one who gave the message to the women. There was a kind rebuke in his message as he reminded them of their bad memories! More than once, Jesus had told His followers that He would suffer and die and be raised from the dead (Matt. 16:21; 17:22-23; 20:17-19; Luke 9:22, 44; 18:31-34). How sad it is when God’s people forget His Word and live defeated lives. Today, the Spirit of God assists us to remember His Word (John 14:26).

The women ran to tell the disciples the good news, but the men did not believe them!

Unfortunately, there are still many churches and individuals today who still don’t believe it. I was raised in one of these churches. They only spoke of the Holy Spirit at baptisms. According to them, when you received the water baptism you automatically receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is there to help you. When doing bible studies, they always skipped over the 14th through the 16th chapters of John. I’m not sure whether they didn’t know how to explain them or they were afraid of them.

According to them, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are dead. Therefore there can be no more miracles. I guess they have never witnessed salvation, especially mine. I guess they have never witnessed the birth of a baby. I guess they have never witnessed a person being brought back to life. No, they are not dead. There are still miracles today just as there were in Jesus’ lifetime. In Mark 16:14, Jesus later rebuked them for their unbelief.

Mary Magdalene asked Peter and John to come to examine the tomb (John 20:1-10), and they too saw the proof that Jesus was not there. However, all that the evidence said was that the body was gone and apparently there had been no violence.

As Mary lingered by the tomb weeping, Jesus Himself appeared to her (John 20:11-18). It is one thing to see the empty tomb and the empty grave clothes, but quite something else to meet the risen Christ. We today cannot see the evidence in the tomb, but we do have the testimony of the witnesses found in the inspired Word of God.

As we live out our faith in Jesus Christ and know personally that He is alive in us (Gal. 2:20), we can see the miracles that are happening each day. We can recognize that the Holy Spirit is still waking people at 2 am singing a song of praise to God that they are to sing to the world. The Holy Spirit still inspires the words that God Called preachers and teachers are to speak, whether in a classroom or written. God still inspires men to write about God today just as he did Peter and Paul. A book doesn’t have to be cannoned to come from God.

Keep in mind that these women did not expect to see Jesus alive. They had forgotten His resurrection promises and went to the tomb only to finish anointing His body. They became excited witnesses, even to their leaders, that Jesus Christ is alive!

Has anyone ever walked up to you and said, “I see Christ in you?” If you are a Christian, then people should see Christ in you.

Weekly Devotional – July 24, 2021

The Word is Born

John 1:1-18

All four Gospels begin by placing Jesus within a historical setting, but the Gospel of John is unique in the way it opens. The Book of Matthew begins with the genealogy of Jesus that connects Him to David and Abraham. Mark starts with the preaching of John the Baptist. Luke has a dedication of his work to Theophilus and follows that with a prediction of the birth of John the Baptist. But John begins with a theological insight.

It is almost as if John had said, “I want you to consider Jesus in His teaching and the good deeds He performed through His miracles. But you will not understand the good news of Jesus in its fullest sense unless you view Him from this point of view. Jesus is God manifest in the flesh of a man, and His words and deeds are those performed by the Holy Spirit who lived in Jesus” (Matthew 3:16-17).

The simple and earnest reason why the Son of God is called the Word seems to be, that as our words explain our minds to others, so was the Son of God sent to reveal his Father’s mind to the world.

What the Apostle John says of Christ proves that he is God. He asserts His existence in the beginning; His coexistence with the Father. The Word was with God. All things were spoken into existence by him, but not as an instrument. Without him, there was nothing made from the universe to the smallest mammal. This shows how well qualified he was for the work of our redemption and salvation. The light of reason, as well as the life of magnificence, is derived from him and depends on him. This eternal Word, this true Light shines, but the darkness, the world,  comprehends nothing. Let us pray without ceasing, that our eyes may be opened to behold this Light, that we may walk in it; and thus be made wise, from belief to salvation conceived by faith in Jesus Christ.

John the Baptist came to bear witness concerning Jesus. Nothing more fully shows the darkness of men’s minds, that when the Light appeared, there needed to be a witness to call attention to it. Christ was the true Light; that great Light which deserves to be called so.

 By his Spirit and grace he enlightens all that are enlightened to salvation; and those that are not enlightened by him, perish in darkness. Christ was in the world when he took the nature of man was upon him and He dwelt among us. The Son of the Highest was here in this lower world. He was in the world, but not of the world. He came to save a lost world because it was a world of his own making. Yet the world didn’t know Him.

When he comes as a Judge in the end times, for He is the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the end (Rev. 1:8) the world will surely know him.

Many say that they are Christ’s own, yet they don’t receive him, because they won’t part with their sins, nor will they allow him to reign over them. All the children of God are born again. This new birth is because Jesus, the word of God, is the means (1Pe 1:23). and by the Holy Spirit of God as the Author.

By his Divine presence, Christ always was in the world. But now that the fulness of time had come, he was God in the flesh of a man.

Men disclose their weaknesses to those most familiar with them, but it was not so with Christ; those most intimate with him saw all of his glory

Though Jesus was in the form of man, He had the same Holy Spirit that is given to man through spiritual baptism. This same Holy Spirit will lead and guide the lives of all who allow Jesus to control their lives.

Do you have the Spirit of God in you? Are you part of the Divine Nature, thus a part of God? You should be!! Why Aren’t You?!

Weekly Devotional – July 17, 2021

Give God Your Best

Malachi 1:1-14

My dad was a poor man, our family raised most of what we ate, but my dad was faithful to God. The one thing my dad insisted on was that each of us had nice clothes to go to church. He and I had suits to wear and my mom and younger sister had a nice dress. There were times my mom had to borrow coffee for my dad to have a cup on Friday before going to work, but he insisted on our Sunday best.

After I was grown and out of the house, I asked my dad why he couldn’t buy me tennis shoes to play basketball, but we always got new Sunday clothes twice a year. At that point he reached for his bible and read me this scripture in Malachi. Then he looked at me and said, “God expects us to give Him our best, not the basketball couch.

After God gave His message to Malachi, no one heard from Him for 450 years. At the end of that time He gave His Son to try to salvage the people of Israel again, but they rejected Him again. Then He gave the gospel to the Gentiles. Now it appears the Gentiles are turning against Him also. The people of today would rather wear shorts and tee shirt to church and save our money for drugs or gambling. Since there is no other people to favor, the only thing left is for God to wipe the slate clean and start over. What a sad day.

I have heard many teachers and preachers say that the Old Testament doesn’t apply to us because we aren’t under the law. I agree with part of that statement, but not the rest. No, we aren’t under the law.

The message Malachi delivered from God was not a law, but a command (John 15:9-10) and we are supposed to follow the commands of God.

In this chapter God told His people what they had done. They cheated Him with their half dead sheep and their three legged lambs. They gave their unwanted sacrifices and saved the best for the market place.

Do we not do the same things today? The preachers are so busy trying to increase the numbers and the money in the church, they sit back and don’t teach and preach the things that would help people understand why the church can’t grow. There are only two things they need to do to increase the numbers and they are doing neither of them.

The first thing a church must do to grow is to be in one accord. The church must have the mind of Christ and to do so they must follow the commands of God. (Acts 2:46).

God commands in Malachi that we give Him out best. If our best is a pair of pants with holes in them and a tee shirt, then so be it. However, if we wear something “comfortable” to church and wear a suit or nice dress to work the next day, aren’t we cheating God in the same manner as the Children of Israel did? The pastors of the churches don’t even wear their best. They wear a shirt and pants on Sunday morning then wear a nice suit to preach a funeral later that week. Are they saying they will only honor God if He is dead? Heaven Forbid!!

The second thing the churches are doing wrong, is trying to do God’s job (Acts 2:47). The Apostles were told by Jesus to proclaim the Good News and make disciples of all men. They were never told to conduct membership drives.

The church I grew up in, never changed from their worship of God. They are misguided about some things, but not about who does what in the church. They all agree that if they follow the commands of God and do His will, God will give the increase. I first remember the church as having 17 members. Now when you pass that church on Sunday morning the church grounds are full of cars and sometimes they are parked along the highway. The one thing that stands out to me is, they all still wear their Sunday best.

Put God to the test. Follow all His commands and give Him your best when you worship and see what types of increases God will give you. You might even get that new baby the doctors tell you that you can never have.

Weekly Word Defintion – Forebearance

Definition of forbearance. a refraining from the enforcement of something (such as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due. The policy provides a means of forbearance for borrowers meeting certain criteria. Definition of Forbearance by Merriam-Webster

Forbearance” (a holding back) is ascribed to God (Romans 2:4, “the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering”; Romans 3:25 the Revised Version (British and American), “the passing over of the sins done aforetime, in the forbearance of God,” the King James Version “remission” (margin “passing over”) of sins, that are past, through the forbearance of God”); in Phil. 4:5, Revised Version (British and American) “forbearance,” margin “gentleness”; it is a Christian grace in likeness to God. “Forbearing” (The King James Version, margin) is substituted by the Revised Version (British and American) for “patient” (“holding up under evil”) in 2 Tim. 2:24. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

Sin is easy and some say it is fun; Salvation on the other hand is inconvenient, boring, wimpish, and is not easy to maintain.

For some, sin is easy because they have lived that type of life so long, they just can’t give it up. It is much easier to stretch your definition of what the bible says than to change your whole lifestyle.

God has given us the alternative to sin through Jesus Christ. If we believe on Christ as our savior, He will change our lives for us. To believe we must, study the bible, pray, love one another, Help one another, and be willing to die for each other. If you do all these things for the remainder of your life, you will use less energy than just one of those parties you attended.

Weekly Word Definition – Hallowed

Definition of Hallowed:

Illustrated Bible Dictionary: And Treasury of Biblical History, Biography, Geography, Doctrine, and Literature.

To render sacred, to consecrate (Ex 28:38; Ex 29:1). This word is from the Saxon, and properly means “to make holy.” The name of God is “hallowed”, i.e., is reverenced as holy (Mat 6:9).

A prayer in the Bible commonly known as the Lord’s prayer contains the phrase, “Hallowed be Your name,” but what does hallowed mean? The American Heritage Dictionary defines hallowed as, “sanctified; consecrated; highly venerated; sacrosanct,” like the hallowed halls of a great university. To hallow is “to make or set apart as holy.

Definition of ‘hallowed’. Hallowed is used to describe something that is respected and admired, usually because it is old, important, or has a good reputation.

Hallow. to render sacred, to consecrate (Exodus 28:38; 29:1). This word is from the Saxon, and properly means “to make holy.”. The name of God is “hallowed”, i.e., is reverenced as holy (Matthew 6:9).

What does Hallowed Fire Mean? Hallowed Fire is an expression of Carlyle’s in definition of Christianity “at its rise and spread” as sacred and kindling what was sacred and divine in man’s soul and burning up all that was not.

Romans 6:1-2 (NKJV)

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

You can’t be dead and alive at the same time. If you died to sin, those sins were buried with Christ and can no longer be a part of your life. They are gone. Sin is no longer in your nature, because you have become part of God’s nature (2 Peter 1:4). You have become Hallowed!!

Colossians 1:21-23 (NKJV)

And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight; if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Because of the death of the only Begotten Son of God, who died on the cross for Our sins, the grace of God was extended to us through faith in Christ. God will only extend that Grace one time. Christ can’t die again so it was a one-time good deal!

God has reconciled us through the death of Jesus on the cross that we can be presented Holy and Blameless before him.

1 Peter 1:13-15 (NKJV)

Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,

It is not that Christ stands between us and God so God can’t see our sins, it is that we change our lives through our faith in Christ, so God sees the Holy Spirit living in us (John 14:17).

Weekly Devotional – June 19, 2021

A Parable of the Vineyard!

Matthew 21:33-40 (NKJV)

“Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.

Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.

Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?”

Of course we know the landowner was God. God had promised Abraham that his seed would be as the sands of the sea. The seed of Abraham would prosper under the protection of God and they would be God’s people.

Over the years the world (vinedresser) sold the descendants of Abraham into bondage, they needed them to build a pyramid for their king. Again God rescued His people and established their worship of Him. God placed a judge as their overseer, and established the order of the priesthood to carry out His work for the people. The people and the world again betrayed Him.

This time God sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross that we might have eternal life. Jesus established the church and removed God’s people from the law that was responsible for hurting His people. When God’s own people rejected Jesus, they lost their share in Heaven.

When the landowner comes to gather His people, those who have betrayed Him will have to stand trial. If found guilty, they will die (Romans 6:23).

The scripture above is a parable. A parable is a story that resembles real life. This story is the story of salvation and why it had to happen. When Jesus established the church, God again placed a line of preachers, teachers, and other clergy to oversee and educate the church. God also gave us His will for us, and we call it “The Bible. “Over the years these clergy allowed the world to creep into the church and corrupt it. These same clergy also allowed their hearts to harden. The bible that God gave us has been perverted over the years and used against God not for him.

This time God did things differently. The church is not a tangible asset. The church was placed in the hearts of the believer. This time each and every person can change the outcome of the church. By studying the word of God for ourselves and finding out His will for us, we can remove the church from the world and lead it out of bondage ourselves through faith in Jesus Christ.

The landowner’s son died in our place. The least we can do is allow Christ to take charge of our lives and lead us through the desert (life) and bring us to the Promised Land (Heaven).

After all, Jesus died in our place for that privilege. (Romans 8:11)

Weekly Devotional – April 3, 2021

God’s Love for You!

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

John 4:10 (NKJV)

I remember when I bought my first house. My ship was in the dry dock in Brooklyn, New York. My wife was stay with her parents in Douglasville Pennsylvania. She called a real estate agent in Virginia Beach, Virginia. My wife told him what we were looking for and gave him some information about us.

I left work early on Friday, Picked my wife up and we made it to Virginia late that night. On Saturday morning we met with the agent and he took us to look at houses. When we walked into the first house, it had everything my wife told him we were looking for and more. When I asked the price, it was far below the price we told him we wanted. The agent had already gotten us approved for a larger amount than we were paying so we signed the paperwork that day and moved in the next week. That agent was trying to help us because we were in the military. Today the real estate agents are trying to make a buck and won’t try to help you at all.

God is even better than that real estate agent. God wants to move us into a home that costs for more than we could ever afford. But God doesn’t get it financed for you like the real estate agent did. God will let his Son pay the price for you

God’s gift to the world wasn’t salvation, His gift to the world was the death of His only begotten Son on the cross at Calvary. Jesus died for our sins. A price we could never pay. Salvation was the result of that Gift.

Go ahead and get a drink like the women at the well did. Drink the everlasting water of salvation and remember it was God’s love for you that made it possible for you to drink. God’s love for this world is told in John 3:16. Go ahead and let God show you His love, it’s overwhelming!!!

Weekly Word Definition – Prayer

The word for this week is “Prayer”

A solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God. Oxford Dictionary

An address (as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought. Merriam – Webster

In the Bible “prayer” is used in a simpler and a more complex a narrower and a wider signification. In the former case, it is supplication for benefits either for one’s self (petition) or for others (intercession). In the latter, it is an act of worship which covers all soul in its approach to God. Supplication is at the heart of it, for prayer always springs out of a sense of need and a belief that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). But adoration and confession and thanksgiving also find a place, so that the suppliant becomes a worshipper. It is unnecessary to distinguish all the various terms for prayer that are employed in the Old Testament and the New Testament. But the fact should be noticed that in the Hebrew and Greek aloe there are on the one hand words for prayer that denote a direct petition or short, sharp cry of the heart in its distress (Psalm 30:2; 2 Cor. 12:8), and on the other “prayers” like that of Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-10), which is in reality a song of thanksgiving, or that of Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ, in which intercession is mingled with doxology (Eph. 3:14-21). The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

There are four things all Christians must know about prayer.

To have a good prayer life, you must have a good relationship with God. To obtain the good relationship, you must study God’s word and learn His will.

Be humble and contrite, God will be willing and generous.