Prayer Bringing Heaven to Earth
Prayer Bringing Heaven to Earth: Prayer is an awesome privilege and absolute necessity to the successful Christian walk! And yet, as we talk to different people, listen to teaching tapes, or read book after book, it seems each one has a different understanding – even different definitions. To one, prayer is intercession. To another, it is warfare. For someone else, it is talking to God and listening to Him. Prayer is all of these, and yet it’s so much more.
Every truth in the Bible is built on another truth – it takes the whole to be complete. David wrote The entirety of Your word is truth (Psalms 119:160). The apostle Paul wrote, I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). However, our method of learning is still in bits and pieces.
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We have never struggled with this reality more than in this study. Each lesson is a piece of the whole. We cannot study just one part and have an understanding of what true prayer is. Prayer is not just intercession. Prayer is not just listening to God. Prayer is not just speaking God’s will forth. Prayer is not just asking. It’s all of these.
We cannot base our lives or doctrines on the truths we like and ignore the rest. For example, we are the children of God and Jesus said that if we asked, we would receive. However, Jesus also said that if we are in sin, God cannot hear our prayers. One truth has a direct correlation to the other. In a study on prayer, we cannot look only at the blessings. We must also look at the requirements that are made of us, and our responsibilities. We must study, to the best of our abilities, the whole counsel of God.
Year after year, we have hesitated to put this study, Prayer Bringing Heaven to Earth, together because there was, and is, always so much more to learn. We have been working through pages of notes written over a period of many years, and yet we know this can only be an introduction to prayer – an overall view. Whole books have been written on great truths of prayer that due to lack of space, we have covered in one or two paragraphs. Our prayer is that God will lead you through this study and then on into a lifetime of studying and experiencing prayer and that
We have been asked why we include the scriptures in our text – there would be so much more we could say if we used only the references. After questioning hundreds of Bible students over the years, we have found very few who could say they looked up the references given in books as they were studying. We are aware that it’s not our words, nor the words of any author, that are alive. Our words can only be an introduction to what He has said, a “pulling together” from the entirety of the Bible. God has promised us that His Word will not return void, that He is alert, actively watching over His Word to perform it. It is His words that are a joy and rejoicing in our hearts. Therefore, we have tried at all times to emphasize His Word.
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Prayer Bringing Heaven to Earth is taken from our Christian Living Study Stream.
And I am sure that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ. (Rom 15:29)