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8 years ago
God wants us to pray because he has made us His children and set us up with free will. As we mature and become able to accept the responsibility, He asks us to do the spiritual work of prayer, for ourselves and others.
God has set up the conditions of free will, cooperation, communication, admittance, and commitment.
While God is all powerful, perfect, the creator of everyone and everything, able to do all things; he has elected to let us design His plan,and He allows us to have a part in His magnificent glory. He intervenes only when we ask Him to of our own free will. When we do not ask of Him, than the job of helping the human race does not get done. Neither can God put forth His glorious plan, because He has chosen to let us participate in creating His plan. So our prayer is necessary and vital to the human race.
His rules are absolute and His wisdom is infinite, yet He chose to embrace us in relationship of Father and child. We must choose to turn to Him as a small child chooses to turn to his/her parent.
At a very young age a child learns that in order for many of his needs and wants to be met, he must turn to the adults in his life and communicate. He/she does this of free will and decision. In the same way we are allowed free will to turn to our Heavenly father and communicate.
A small child sometimes chooses not to communicate, and thus deprives himself/herself of certain wants and needs. A human father can certainly guess at what a child wants or needs, such a nutrition and clean water to quench his/her thirst,  and a wise father also knows that a child has psychological, emotional and spiritual needs. Yet communication allows exact knowledge that is helpful in the situation.
a wise father encourages communication with his child, knowing that two way communication helps to develop skills used later in life, and prepares a child live successfully in his future world.
Communication creates bonding, develops a child's identity and actually develops your child's intelligence. Another amazing fact: your child will learn listening skills from your example. If you listen to your child; and others, your child will also learn to listen. It takes time though. Nothing happens over night with parenting.
8 years ago
God our father also wants us to grow up as spiritually mature and skilled individuals. He wants us to communicate and ask questions; seek answers, ask for help, to say please and thank-you, and to say, I love you God.
Sometimes when a child refuses to communicate, a parent has to patiently wait for them to talk again. Unless there is a serious problem; a child will eventually communicate, and when that child communicates he/she feels much better. When we communicate with God we also feel much better.
But there is an enormous problem. No matter how we try to communicate with God there is a terrible barrier, that prevents us from reaching our heavenly Father. Unlike a human father who is not perfect; our heavenly father is perfect, pure and holy. God our Father, can not be in the presence of sin. And as humans we are full of sin. We can never be perfect enough for God. So God made the decision to send us His only begotten Son, Jesus, to sacrifice His life and to take our sins upon Himself. He did this in order to become a mediator in our behalf.  He is the only way we can communicate with God the Father.
To become a part of this glorious plan, we must in faith, admit that we are sinners, ask Jesus for forgiveness, ask Jesus to come into our hearts and lives, and make a commitment to follow Jesus. This is the first prayer that God will hear from hear from you through Jesus.
Now, after asking Jesus to come into your life and heart, and making the decision to live for Jesus, you can communicate freely with our Father, God. That communication is prayer, and if you want to grow spiritually, you need to pray. God our Father has so much to teach us, but as a patient Father, He will wait for us. It's up to us to cooperate and communicate and sometimes it seems difficult; however, Jesus and the Holy Spirit will always be there to help us.
8 years ago
~God's Agents on

'The Weapon of Prayer by E.M. Bounds',  'Angels, God's Secret Agents' by Billy Graham and Donna C. Matthews.
God is the head of a super heavenly agency. Some of His agents are angels and some of His agents are humans. (Us!)
Once we have committed to Jesus, and have salvation, we are employed in God's heavenly agency. Not only are we children of a loving, heavenly father, but we are also working for God as an agent. We are part of an amazing team and this is how it works. Jesus is our Savior and our mediator. He is in us, around us and part of us. We pray to our Father in Jesus name and Jesus carries our prayers to God and mediates for us. God is the head of a heavenly Kingdom and Jesus is our head.
Don't worry. Jesus is the most powerful force in the universe; however, he is also gentle, kind and loving. We are His children, and His followers. He may discipline us at times but he very much cares about our welfare.
That is why He sent us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit's job is to teach us, guide us and empower us. The Holy Spirit also convicts all people of sin. Jesus sent us a very special gift with the Holy Spirit; however, the Holy Spirit will never force Himself on anyone. We again must ask for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is part of God, just as Jesus is. They are three in one.
When you ask for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit; God's Spirit will wash over you and fill you. You will receive spiritual power and spiritual gifts; the Holy Spirit will teach you, guide you, and give you wisdom and insight; for when you discipline yourself to read the bible, you will gain spiritual insights, each insight coming as you are ready to receive it.
The Holy Spirit also does something else that is amazing. The Holy Spirit will help you to pray. You might speak in another language, or sing, or find words that you didn't have before, to pray with. We are the ones who make the decision to pray; however, when we do not know what to pray, we can ask for the help of the Holy Spirit!
So now we are the children of God; on Jesus' team of agents, with spiritual gifts and spiritual power, and both our prayer skills and communication skills are becoming more and more effective.
8 years ago
~God's Kingdom and the Battle~  
Isaiah 14:12-14; Isaiah 13:12-14; Ezekiel 28:2-17; Revelation 12:4; Revelation 12:7 & 9; Revelation 12:10;  Ephesians 2:12; Ephesians 6:12; II Corinthians 10:4 & 5  From the NKJV Bible, and from Angels, Angels, Angels; God's Secret Agents.
Before Adam, the first man, fell into sin; another agent was getting into trouble.
Lucifer was an angel. In fact he was the highest angel in heaven, and he was the also the most beautiful angel in heaven; however, he became proud, and arrogant, devising a plan to overthrow God, and steal His throne.
Because of this, there was a terrible battle in Heaven. One third of the angels rebelled with Lucifer,(Revelation 12:7; II Peter 2:4) and were forever banned from Heaven. The battle still rages on earth.
~Lucifer's Five I Wills~Isaiah 14:13,14~
Isaiah 13.]
1.] 'I will ascend into heaven,
2.] I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
3.] I will also sit on the mount of the congregation, on the farthest sides of the North;
Isaiah 14.]
4.] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
5.] I will be like the Most High.'
Satan is a real trouble maker. He creates havoc, encourages sin, and spreads trouble across the earth. His goal is to destroy God's Kingdom and everyone in it.
The only way Satan can be defeated is through prayer. We have to let Jesus know that we want Satan defeated. When we ask for protection, ask for help, and ask for the Salvation of others; God is then able to set the wheels in motion.
Jesus said that if we have the faith of a mustard seed, we could move mountains. As Prayer Warriors, we have the right to defeat Satan, one prayer at a time. Any prayer to defeat Satan is gain for God. These are some prayers that defeat Satan;
~When you pray for someone that is sick;
~When you pray for Satan's strongholds to be taken down and God's strongholds to be built up;
~When you pray for a lost soul, a disaster victim, war victims, those in poverty, the persecuted Christian, the refugee, the homeless, the immigrant, the orphan, or the widow;
~When you pray for your community, your home, your church, your pastor, your neighbors, strangers, yourself, and for each other;
You are defeating Satan!

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