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The Basis of Prayer

Leviticus 20:7-8
7 Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. 8 And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the Lord who sanctifies you.
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The basis of prayer is the character of God. In this series we do not have time to look at each attribute of God. But, it is these attributes that form the loving, personal God Who will listen to our prayers and respond in our best interest. The fact of His listening becomes the basis of our prayer life. God has chosen to hear us!
Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. NKJV

This knowledge provides us with the assurance that God will hear, because He wants to listen to our prayers.
1 John 5:14-15 14 And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. 15 And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for. NLT
The Greek word used by John translated "confident" means freedom of speech, that is, the freedom to speak boldly. This is the same type of freedom granted to citizens of the United States under our constitution. As time moved on, this Greek's word meaning was modified by usage with this freedom of speech became the picture of any type of confidence.

In other words, we have a freedom to talk to God. His character assures us that He will listen when we speak. We do not need to interrupt someone else's conversation and to force our words in edgewise. God is always ready to listen and respond in accordance with His will.

But this asking must be in line with God's character. The asking must be in spirit and in truth. This is the manner we worship and approach God.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. KJV

The need for prayer should be obvious. It is our method of speaking to God. We really have two ways to talk to God -- through our actions and through our prayers. But, even honest, devout good works will not replace the need for prayer. Just as a parent desires to hear the voice of his or her child, so does God long to hear your voice raised in prayer. Prayer is the means of our spiritual unity with God.

 

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