Bible Study: Prayer

Some verses I have been thinking over today:

Ephesians 6:18 “Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”

Matthew 6:7 “And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard.”

In the context of these verses, I found the word “pray” to be a very interesting word study.

Praying means:

“to exchange wishes; pray – literally, to interact with the Lord by switching human wishes (ideas) for His wishes as He imparts faith (“divine persuasion”)”

(Links: http://biblehub.com/greek/4335.htm and http://biblehub.com/greek/4336.htm.)

In other words, praying is asking for God’s will to be done rather than ours — exchanging our will for His — and allowing Him to build our faith with what is in accordance to His will. And this is to be a constant and unceasing exercise.

So then, there is a difference between “praying always” (persistent, unceasing, constant prayers) and a babbling prayer with many useless words.

✔︎ The first is daily and unceasingly submitting our will to the will of our Heavenly Father.

✘ The second is attempting to bend God’s will to our own.

What verses are you studying and thinking about today?

Blessings,
Loren ❤

 

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