Prayers should also be concise, to the point, avoiding needless repetition, and this requires concentration. The approach to prayer is a part of the Pre-designed Plan of God (PPOG) of the Royal Family of God, and therefore it is to be a precise and correct procedure. This means that all prayer must be offered to God the Father, not to Jesus Christ or to the Holy Spirit. Any prayer offered directly to Christ is automatically cancelled, since it fails to follow God's procedure for prayer. This is illustrated by the model prayer for the disciples in MAT 6:9“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.’” The Lord Jesus Christ taught that all prayer must be offered to God the Father, not to Jesus Christ or to the Holy Spirit.
LUK 11:1-2 And it came about that while He was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” And He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come.’”
The apostles Paul and Peter also taught that all prayer must be offered to God the Father only. EPH 1:17 [and this I pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.1PE 1:17And if you address as Father the one who impartially judges according to each man's work, conduct yourselves in respect during the time of your stay upon earth;
Prayer is to be in the name of, or through the channel of, the Son, and in the enabling power (filling) of God the Holy Spirit. JOH 14:13-14“And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”
All prayer must follow the precise correct procedure of the PPOG to be effective. This is why God the Father, the recipient of prayer, receives prayer from three sources in the Church-age.
1. From God the Son, HEB 7:25He always lives to make intercession for them.
2. From God the Holy Spirit, ROM 8:26‑27 But the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; God the Holy Spirit prays for you when you need help even when you don’t know you need help. He also prays for people who cannot pray for themselves. This is probably unique to the Church-age and related to the function of the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit on our behalf.
3. From Church-age believers as Royal priests. HEB 4:16Let us be approaching the throne of grace with confidence that we may receive mercy and acquire grace with reference to seasonable help.
We never find God the Father praying for us because He is the recipient of prayer, because He is the author of the Divine plan.
Now, true confidence can only exist in prayer when the believer attains at least spiritual self‑esteem, 1JO 3:21‑22, Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.
Prayer effectiveness is related to reaching spiritual self-esteem. Failure in prayer is related to no personal love for God, mental attitude sins, and lack of motivation and momentum in the PPOG. If you offer prayer to God while in the state of grieving or quenching the Holy Spirit, your prayers will not be answered. This demonstrates the importance of the rebound technique (1JO 1:9), the first and most basic of the problem-solving devices. Rebound is how we enter back into the PPOG for our lives.
Prayer is also related to the omniscience of God. ISA 65:24 It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. God actually hears the prayer twice: Once in eternity past, and then again at the time of the prayer. Prayers, and their answers, were originally entered into the Divine decrees. This means that God knew and answered all your prayers in eternity past. In fact, all answered prayer is part of your escrow blessings. There is a direct relationship between your prayer life and your invisible assets.
Prayer is an invisible power directed toward invisible God in relationship to our invisible assets. Prayer is most effective when used by spiritual champions or invisible heroes, believers who have attained spiritual maturity. The more you grow in grace, the greater your spiritual growth, the greater your effectiveness in your prayer life. Effectiveness is not measured in terms of your eloquence when praying in public, but on the basis of your spiritual growth when praying in private. The power of prayer increases as the believer advances in the PPOG for the Church-age.
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