JE # 83 – Response of A Believer: Prayer

“I am now a Christian, a new believer of Jesus Christ. Im now sure of my salvation. So, what’s next?

This is the very basic question of a new believer. To answer this question, first let us examine the Bible regarding the new Christians identity. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says he is now a new creation – the old has gone, the new has come. Let’s dig the Bible and find out what’s new with the new Christian.

  • HE IS NOW A CHILD OF GOD

John 1:12

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

I realized lately that nothing compares to the unselfish love of a parent for his/her child. A good father would protect his little one. A good father would give his needs. So, as a child of God, we can now be assured of God’s unselfish love – a love more than our earthly parents could give.

  • HE IS NOW A CITIZEN OF HEAVEN

Philippians 3:20a

But our citizenship is in heaven…

A citizen of heaven behaves as residents of heaven. This is our mark, our identity that wherever we go, people will recognize us because we’re not just citizens, we’re also

  • NOW AN AMBASSADOR OF HEAVEN

2 Corinthians 5:20a

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors…

“Heavenly people”, if I may use it, shines like the sun. We are the light of the world that stand out in this dark world.

I think that’s enough for now. There’s a lot more to discover in this Christian life , just continue digging the Bible and you’ll see more.

So what’s next after committing our life to Jesus? What should be our response?

I’ve said earlier that we become children of God when we received Christ. A child can approach his/her parents without hesitation. The same is true with our loving Father. We can go to him anytime through prayer. But how do we pray? Do we need to memorize lengthy prayers and say it over and over again?

I often say to people who are asking me how they should pray, that they talk to God like talking to a friend.

Prayer is communication with God. It is our way of reaching Him, talking to Him, saying the cries of our heart, our thanksgiving and even disappointments. We can be honest with God!

Let’s read Jesus’ reminders on praying:

Matthew 6:5
..Do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray.. standing… to be seen by men.”

Do not pray just to be seen by other people. The Lord said that you have received your reward in full. If you do something like this and people praise you for being so “prayerful” then you have received your reward. Prayer should be our personal communication with God.

Matthew 6:6
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Prayer should be a personal, heart to heart talk with the Father. Although we do pray in corporate worship, the Lord wants us to come to Him personally – bringing to Him our personal request and thanksgiving. This is one of the secret things we do that God desires for His children.

Matthew 6:7-8
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

God know our needs before we come to Him. saying the same sentences over and over again is of no use. Some people think that God will hear them if the say the same prayer repeatedly.

Thank God, Jesus taught us a model prayer prayer! This prayer need not be memorized but we can pattern our prayer though this.

OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME

In prayer, we should acknowledge God’s greatness, his rule, his reign in our lives. As we come before Him, let us be humble by declaring that He is above us, that apart from Him we are nothing. It is also saying, ” My King, my Master, I respect you.”

YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

As we acknowledge God’s rule over us, let’s pray for His Kingdom to reign in our lives. When we received Christ as personal Lord and savior, He has become our Master. He ought to follow everything his master’s orders. In this part, Jesus is teaching us to entrust our life to Him who knows what is best for us. He’s teaching us to have a humble heart like that of a servant to his master.

GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD

Most of us pray because of our needs, because we can not produce food or live on our own. We are dependent on God for daily food supplies, finances, etc. Thanks be to God He knows our daily needs and I am certain He will provide it – daily!

FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS AS WE ALSO HAVE FORGIVEN OUR DEBTORS

We can’t go to God and say our request when we our guilty of some sins. It’s so awkward that you ask so many things to God and yet you are hiding something from Him. God wants us to be clean when we are approaching Him in prayer. He wants our honest heart before Him. So, in praying to God, let ask for cleansing, ask for forgiveness. We also need to forgive those who have offended us.

AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE.

Temptation is everywhere. By human strength, we can’t fight the temptations around God knows that we are weak and Jesus is teaching us to pray that temptations will not come our way. Our pastor would always insert in his sermon this line, “Tukso, lalayo ako sayo!” (Temptation, I’ll stay away from you!) We should have this attitude in prayer and in daily Christian walk.

That’s the model prayer that Jesus taught us based on how I understand it. If you have your own insights, you can share it below, just click the comment button.

To end this post, let me share a summary on this topic. I learned this one from different Bible teachers who taught me how to pray =) This is also for us to easily remember the pattern that Jesus taught.

C – Confession – (Confess our sins and forgive others.)
A – Adoration
T – Thanksgiving
S – Supplication / Request

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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