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The Necessity of Intentional Prayer

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Most people do not pray or they pray to a god rather than to the true God who created the universe, Jesus Christ. "But Jesus didn't create the world," some say. Yes, He did.

The plan of creation came from the Father and Jesus carried it out and sustains creation to this very moment. We read:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made" (John 1:1-3, NIV).

At any rate, even though Jesus was and is God, He prayed when He was on earth and He intercedes to the Father on our behalf 24/7/365. But He despises repetitive prayers. Here I do not mean that we cannot continue to ask him for something, but rather I refer to canned prayers.

The Disciples

Jesus had an abundance of followers during His 3-year ministry. He had to make a choice of the 12 men He would pick to spread the gospel. And though He was and remains God, guess what He did? He prayed to the Father! We read:

"Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles" (Luke 6:12-13).

But this was the promised Messiah who had turned water into wine, who brought the dead back to life again, and even quieted the wind and the waves on the Sea of Galilee. Nevertheless, He felt the need to spend numerous hours seeking the will of the Father in this most important matter. Rather than sleep, He prayed through the night.

Intentional prayer

Now if God’s only Son Jesus totally relied on prayer so profoundly and gave so much attention to His prayer life, don't you believe we should follow His example? Of course we should!

We can pray anywhere and at any time of the day. We don't need a rosary and repetitious prayer, but instead intentional prayer that comes from the depths of our hearts.

Though God already knows all about us, inclusive of every act and word we have done and uttered, He wants to hear from us directly and on a personal level. We don't need anyone to confess to or intercede for us - we already have Jesus!

"For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5, NIV).

God is not your sky fairy

I find it sad that among those that do pray, they do so in a half-hearted manner. They pray only when in dire straits or when they want something. That's not how it works. Though He owns everything in the universe, He is not your Santa Claus dropping gifts off at your convenience.

How about this: let’s give the Lord our God a lot more than our final fading thoughts of our evening; and moreover, let us make prayer a priority in our lives.

Parting words

A fruitful prayer life necessitates intentionality or else it will be lost in the busyness of our daily lives. Pray from your heart rather than from some devotional or written prayer. If anything, pray the words from the Bible.

Think abut it: what is your plan for spending time with the Lord? Will you spare a few moments with Him here and there or will you follow the example Christ set for us and pray without ceasing?

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I agree with you, though we have busy schedules we must have a time for a prayer. Talk to God with our hearts. Wherever and whenever we are we can pray and thank God for all the blessings and ask for forgiveness for all the sins.

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9 months ago

You are correct, Lanie. I actually pray in the shower at times!

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9 months ago

We should all know that God will not hear sinner's prayers, repentance first , . And again I was really confused when some one was asking at noise.cash that who is God. We all need to identify God first before praying to him.

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9 months ago

I heard a preacher once say, "If you can't get past Genesis 1:1 there's little hope for you."

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9 months ago

You're right, friend. Many ignore prayer to their own detriment. Like you said, it's only when they are in trouble or when they want something. Their is no praise and worship, only a gimme, gimme, gimme attitude. God doesn't hear those prayers.

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9 months ago

Correct. I see so much of this attitude come across my FB timeline and I call them out on it. People re so irreligious and gullible to believe this is a God who caters to their every whims while they live for the world and hell.

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9 months ago

I pray because I want to thank Him for the blessings, opportunity, guidance and life that he showered upon me. Thank you for sharing His words.

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9 months ago

Good for you. You honor Him by doing that.

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9 months ago

Well said. I was raised a Catholic. But as I was reciting the rosary it occurred to me that something was amiss when I read my Bible. This is when I researched prayer, stopped saying the rosary, and moved to the evangelical Christian faith. Our only mediator is Christ Himself.

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9 months ago

Unfortunately, many Catholics do not read their Bibles, for if they did, they would have discovered the truth as you did.

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9 months ago

Sadly, that is true. They listen to their priests but never check to see what he says is true or not.

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9 months ago

Oftentimes, we are pre occupied with the things that we have to do that we fail to have times to even say a little prayer.

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9 months ago

That is true for many, but I always find numerous times throughout the day and night to offer thanksgiving and praise to God for even the smallest of things.

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9 months ago

Short and directly to the point. Mumbling a few words isn't prayer - it only reveals how little some care about the One who created them and sustains them; how long and enduring His patience is, hoping they will repent of their errant way and become more like Jesus.

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9 months ago

Very good point, Razor. Thanks for reading and making a contribution to the article.

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9 months ago

No problem, mate!

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9 months ago

Thank you for this article, it so much mean to me especially it talks about GOD.

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You're always welcome, Jonna.

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9 months ago

Wow it shows how faithful you are, I also agree with what you've written that we must pray that comes inside our heart 💖🤗

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Thanks for your kind compliment, Melissa.

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