Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation

Prayer

Communication and manifestation

John Calvin (Jehan Cauvin / Jean Calvin ) the influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation summarized prayer as when “we call upon Him to manifest Himself to us in all His perfections.”

English: Jean Calvin at fifty-three years old ...
Jean Calvin at fifty-three years old (http://www.unige.ch/theologie/cite/calvin/CalvinPortraits.html) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We may find different aspects of prayer.

  1. Prayer is mentioning the calling upon someone. It is the coming in contact with someone. In this case it should be the Most High God, Jehovah the Elohim. As such we can be the creatures communicating with our Creator. As we call upon him it might be for our benefit.
  2. Prayer is to help us through.
  3. Prayer is the way to express our fears, our hopes, and our desires, but also giving voice to our dreams, our grief, and our confessions.
  4. It is an expression of our willingness to move toward where we want to go.
  5. Prayer is an expression of our desire before God.
  6. It is a petition and a plea for God to reveal Himself to us.
  7. Prayer is our way to describe the God to whom we pray.  Describing God in terms of His virtues, His attributes, and His actions.
  8. Prayer is the giving notice of willingness to render the Most High God acceptable service.
  9. It is offering yourself willingly unto Jehovah.
  10. The prayer is a thanksgiving for the assurance we have received that the accomplishment of the great purpose of our life is virtually secured.
  11. Prayer recognizes God’s perfections.
  12. It is an honouring of Jehovah and sanctifying of His Name.
  13. Prayer is also the expression of trust in God that He will provide.
  14. It is a means to an end but not the end itself.

Because God has already everything and everything belongs to Him there is nothing we can give to God what does not already belongs to God. Therefore our praying can never be in the benefit of God.

Mary Magdalene, in a dramatic 19th-century pop...
Mary Magdalene, in a dramatic 19th-century popular image of penitence painted by Ary Scheffer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Calling upon our Creator, we can enter into intimate communion with Him, recognizing our utter dependence upon His provision. When we communicate to and listen to our heavenly Father, we grow in his grace and in his knowledge, becoming more sensitive to and more aware of his constant presence and protection in our lives.

Prayer should be the means by which we call upon our Creator to rule over our lives. We should put ourselves at the side and bring God in pool position. In our prayers we should show understanding that everything comes from God and belongs to God. We, by praying to God, recognize that we do need Him and that we realize that He is powerful and able to change things. But by opening our thoughts onto Him we allow Him to enter into our circumstances, and by His sovereign power to work all things together for our good, as we love Him and as we trust Him.

When we pray we are acknowledging God’s rule over our lives, His ability to work in our lives, and His goodness in the midst of any circumstances He allows to enter into our lives. Prayer is then a demonstration of absolute trust and dependence on our Father’s perfect provision.

The Holy Scriptures records that many people had their prayers answered. We can see that biblical events where God intervened sometimes came to existence because people dared to ask God for a favour or for help. The people who got their prayers answered where those who prayed with a desire. Without a desire, there is also no need for prayer. If what we pray for truly comes from the bottom of our heart, surely the answers to our prayers will not stay out. But those biblical figures knew that they could not do without God and where fully aware of the need of prayers.

Samen bidden voor God
Praying together before Jehovah God

Writer Phillips Brooks penned these words:

“If man is man and God is God, to live without prayer is not merely an awful thing; it is an infinitely foolish thing.”

John Wesley was convinced that the prayers of God’s people rather than his preaching accounted for the thousands who came to Christ through his ministry.

It is the Wonder of God, the Almighty Being, which creates and destroys. Without the Almighty Power of the Eternal Spirit things would stay chaotic and humans would mix everything, making it impossible to work out for everyone. But by the Hand of God there shall come a time when everything shall work for the good and the whole world shall be restored.
In the meantime we do have to live in this ‘worldly life’ and count on the powerful God.

  • If God were not good, working all things together for the good of his people, why should we pray?
  • If God were not everywhere present, able to attend to the needs of all of his children all at once, then why should we pray?
  • If man can bring for everything a good solution, then why can we trust not men?

Our prayers acknowledge our finite helplessness, and God’s infinite wisdom and provision.

The Ear of God hears, and with Him ear and heart go together, and the hand does not long linger.

“(9) יהוה {Jehovah} has heard my pleading; יהוה {Jehovah} receives my prayer.” (Psalm 6:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(7) “When my life fainted within me, I remembered יהוה {Jehovah}. And my prayer went up to You, into Your set-apart Hĕḵal.” (Jonah 2:7 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(1) And Yonah prayed to יהוה {Jehovah} his Elohim from the stomach of the fish. (2) And he said, “I called to יהוה {Jehovah} because of my distress, and He answered me. From the stomach of the grave I cried, and You heard my voice.” (Jonah 2:1-2 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(15) “And call upon Me in the day of distress – Let Me rescue you, and you esteem Me.”” (Psalm 50:15 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(28) Then they cry out to יהוה {Jehovah} in their distress, And He brings them out of their troubles.” (Psalm 107:28 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(14) And they cried out to יהוה {Jehovah} and said, “We pray, O יהוה {Jehovah}, please, let us not perish for this man’s life, and do not lay on us innocent blood. For You, O יהוה {Jehovah}, have done as it pleased You.”” (Jonah 1:14 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(9) “And I shall bring the third into fire, and refine them as silver is refined, and try them as gold is tried. They shall call on My Name {1}, and I shall answer them. I shall say, ‘This is My people,’ while they say, ‘יהוה {Jehovah} is my Elohim.’ ” {Footnote: 1 Zeph. 3:9.}” (Zechariah 13:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(18) יהוה {Jehovah} is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. (19) He does the desire of those who fear Him; And He hears their cry and saves them. (20) יהוה {Jehovah} preserves all those loving Him, But all the wrong ones He destroys.” (Psalm 145:18-20 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(24) “And it shall be that before they call, I answer. And while they are still speaking, I hear.” (Isaiah 65:24 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(12) And he said to me, “Do not fear, Dani’ĕl, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your Elohim, your words were heard, and I have come because of your words.” (Daniel 10:12 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(32) “And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה {Jehovah} shall be delivered {1}. For on Mount Tsiyon and in Yerushalayim there shall be an escape {2} as יהוה {Jehovah} has said, and among the survivors whom יהוה {Jehovah} calls. {Footnotes: 1 Acts 2:21, Rom. 10:13. 2 Isa. 4:2-3, Obad. v. 17, Rev. 14:1.}” (Joel 2:32 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(2) “Thus said יהוה {Jehovah} who made it, יהוה {Jehovah} who formed it to establish it, יהוה {Jehovah} is His Name, (3) ‘Call unto Me, and I shall answer you, and show you great and inaccessible matters, which you have not known.’” (Jeremiah 33:2-3 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(11) ‘For I know the plans I am planning for you,’ declares יהוה {Jehovah}, ‘plans of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and an expectancy. (12) ‘Then you shall call on Me, and shall come and pray to Me, and I shall listen to you. (13) ‘And you shall seek Me, and shall find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart {1}. {Footnote: 1 Dt. 4:29, Joel 2:12.} (14) ‘And I shall be found by you,’ declares יהוה {Jehovah}, ‘and I shall turn back your captivity, and shall gather you from all the gentiles and from all the places where I have driven you, declares יהוה {Jehovah}. And I shall bring you back to the place from which I have exiled you.’” (Jeremiah 29:11-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(29) “But from there you shall seek יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim, and shall find, when you search for Him with all your heart {1} and with all your being. {Footnote: 1 Jer. 29:13.} (30) “In your distress, when all these words shall come upon you in the latter days, then you shall return to יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim and shall obey His voice. (31) “For יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim is a compassionate Ěl, He does not forsake you, nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them. (32) “For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that Elohim created man on the earth, and ask from one end of the heavens to the other end of the heavens, whether there has been a Word as great as this, or has been heard like it.” (Deuteronomy 4:29-32 The Scriptures 1998+)

“(9) “And I say to you: ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you. (10) “For everyone asking receives, and he who is seeking finds, and to him who is knocking it shall be opened. (11) “And what father among you whose son asks for bread shall give him a stone, or if he asks for a fish shall give him a snake instead of a fish, (12) or if he asks for an egg shall give him a scorpion? (13) “If you then, being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father from heaven give the Set-apart Spirit to those asking Him!”” (Luke 11:9-13 The Scriptures 1998+)

“He who fails to pray does not cheat God. He cheats himself.” (George Failing)

Français : Statue de Jean Calvin par Maurice R...
Statue de Jean Calvin par Maurice Raymond (1862-1910), musée international de la Réforme, Genève (Suisse) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Preceding articles:

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #1 Kings Faith

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God

Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #3 A voice to be taken Seriously

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #1 Prosperity

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #2 Purity

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #3 Callers upon God

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #7 Prayer #5 Listening Ear

To be continued: Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #9 Prayer #7 Reason to pray

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #8 Gebed #6 Communicatie en manifestatie

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Please do find additional reading:

  1. Worship and worshipping
  2. Some one or something to fear #6 Faith in the Most High
  3. Attributes to God
  4. The Divine name of the Creator
  5. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
  6. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  7. I Will Cause Your Name To Be Remembered
  8. Hashem השם, Hebrew for “the Name”
  9. The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen
  10. God does not change
  11. God should be your hope
  12. God Helper and Deliverer
  13. Gods promises
  14. Belief of the things that God has promised
  15. Gods salvation
  16. God Feeds The Birds
  17. Gods measure not our measure
  18. God showing how far He is willing to go to save His children
  19. Listening and Praying to the Father
  20. Prayer, important aspect in our life
  21. Gods non answer
  22. Faithful to the leastening ear
  23. Wishing to do the will of God
  24. Observing the commandments and becoming doers of the Word
  25. Golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters obedience
  26. Happy who’s delight is only in the law of Jehovah
  27. Wishing to do the will of God
  28. Rest thy delight on Jehovah
  29. Creator and Blogger God 5 Things to tell
  30. Creator and Blogger God 6 For His people
  31. Creator and Blogger God 7 A Blog of a Book 1 Believing the Blogger
  32. Our relationship with God, Jesus and each other
  33. A Living Faith #1 Substance of things hoped for
  34. A Living Faith #2 State of your faith
  35. A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
  36. A Living Faith #6 Sacrifice
  37. A Living Faith #7 Prayer
  38. A Living Faith #10: Our manner of Life #2
  39. Does God hear prayer?
  40. Does God answer prayer?
  41. God doesn’t call the qualified
  42. Walking alone?
  43. Know Who goes with us and don’t try to control life
  44. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  45. Prayer request opportunity
  46. Give your worries to God
  47. Give your tears to God
  48. A problem not worth praying about isn’t worth worrying about
  49. Sometimes we pray and pray and it seems like nothing happens.
  50. Patience is the ability to count down before blasting offGenuine prayer
  51. Frank risks taking
  52. Evil companionships corrupt good morals
  53. Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you
  54. Character transformed by the influence of our fellowships
  55. Why?
  56. Jehovah is good unto them that wait for Him
  57. Let us meet in any suitable place
  58. The LORD protects those of childlike faith
  59. The great and holy God will not be unfaithful
  60. Obtain favour from Yahweh
  61. The first on the list of the concerns of the saint
  62. People who know how to pray to move God to take hold of our affairs in a mighty way
  63. Prayer has the power to change mountains into highways
  64. If you think you’re too small to be effective
  65. Prayer has comforted us in sorrowSinging gift from GodCall for prayer to help with unity crisisPrayer for the dayWork with joy and pray with love
  66. If you do pray you shall not be disappointed
  67. Don’t wait to catch a healthy attitude
  68. If we, in our prosperity, neglect religious instruction and authority
  69. Quit griping about your church
  70. Try driving forward instead of backwards
  71. Preventing us from going window-shopping in prayer
  72. He who kneels before God can stand before anyone!
  73. Aim High: Examples of Godly Characters to follow
  74. How we think shows through in how we act
  75. Change
  76. Free to be quiet
  77. Fear not tomorrow. God is already there
  78. What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits
  79. Without God no purpose, no goal, no hope
  80. Purify my heart
  81. You God hold the future
  82. Set free from any form of mental torment or self-condemnation
  83. Feed Your Faith Daily
  84. Be the living expression of God’s kindness
  85. The LORD protects those of childlike faith
  86. God is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him
  87. Walking in love by faith, not by sight
  88. People who know how to pray to move God to take hold of our affairs in a mighty way
  89. Communion and day of worship
  90. Humbleness
  91. Come ye yourselves apart … and rest awhile (Mark 6:31)
  92. Rebirth and belonging to a church
  93. United people under Christ
  94. Making church
  95. Fellowship
  96. Character transformed by the influence of our fellowships
  97. An ecclesia in your neighborhood
  98. Intentions of an Ecclesia

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Further reading from other believers:

  1. ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ – What Name?
  2. Who Is Our Ruler?
  3. Proof of The Bible’s Divine Inspiration
  4. Jehovah’s Plagues on Christendom
  5. God expecting us to desist from dead works
  6. Prayer—What About?
  7. Our Prayers
  8. A Child’s Prayer
  9. Why Do Some Prayers Go Unanswered?
  10. What Are Two Reasons Why God Rejects Some Prayers?
  11. Prayers That Are Heard by God
  12. My Prayer Was Answered
  13. An Amazing Experience
  14. We Have the Best Home
  15. What Does the Bible Say About Free Will? Is God in Control?
  16. Sacrifices prescribed by Mosaic Law to be offered with right spirit and heart condition

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  • Interview of Lorelei Ritmiller, mother of Whitney Heichel, (illustrationstoencourage.wordpress.com)
    when Jehovah God starts something, when he begins something, he brings it to a successful conclusion. Nothing can stop him from doing that. He inspires prophecies like this, and he makes them happen.
  • Prayer for July 31st (hopeforthebrokenhearted.wordpress.com)
    We know that grief can numb us…it can be hard to feel anything including your presence, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t there. Help us to know in times of grief, pain and heartache, that faith is more than a feeling…feelings come and go, but you don’t. Your presence…your Holy Spirit, is with us whether we can feel it or not. You promise to never leave our side and you are working for our good, in the depths of sorrow and the deepest valleys of adversity.
  • John Calvin (1509-1564) on patience and perseverance in prayer (deovivendiperchristum.wordpress.com)
    He alone will suffice for all, since in himself he comprehends all good, and will at last reveal it to us on the day of judgment, when his kingdom shall be plainly manifested. We may add, that although God complies with our request, he does not always give an answer in the very terms of our prayers but while apparently holding us in suspense, yet in an unknown way, shows that our prayers have not been in vain.
  • I Cannot Hold You (Part 3) (cofchristdailybread.wordpress.com)
    In many languages, God’s name contains the sound “Ahhh,” a sound we make when we are breathing out or sighing. Our prayer will use the Ahh names for God. Breathe out each name for God. You may either speak the name of God or find a single musical note to hold or chant as you sing God’s name. Pray or sing each name several times as you call on the God of many names: Yaweh, Adonai, Jehovah, Yeshua, Sophia, Allah, Alpha, Omega. Say or sing “amen” to close.
  • Prayer (allurmind.wordpress.com)
    Scripture makes it abundantly clear that God is totally sovereign over the events and actions in history.  Nothing happens outside of His divine decree.
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    This raises the question of prayer.  What happens when we pray?  Why does God command us to pray?  Why did Jesus pray? Does prayer truly change the mind of God, or alter His eternal decree?  If God is totally sovereign, then why do we need prayer?
  • This Then Is How You Should Pray (rootstothestream.net)
    prayer needs a specific attitude and heart.
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    The believers hearts were for God as well. They begin the prayer by claiming the awesome power of God. This statement lets us know the believers felt that it was certainly God’s power at work and nothing of themselves. A unique aspect to their prayer is the use of scripture. But here not only do they pray Psalms 146:6 (who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them) but they then again make reference to Jesus as the Messiah with portions of Psalm 2
  • Hear my Cry (delightintorah.wordpress.com)
    Hear the voice of my prayers when I cry to You, When I lift up my hands Toward Your Set-apart (Holy) Speaking Place (Innermost Sanctuary) . 
  • The Effect Of Prayer (adolfmathebula.wordpress.com)
    When studying about prayer it is interesting to stumble upon thousands of reasons why people pray. Some pray expecting God to answer their questions, for anointing, deliverance, some pray to get close to God and some are just trying to see if prayer works. And it might shock you to know that some are praying for other people to die. Regardless of the reasons, there is a greater purpose why God would encourage us through the Scriptures to spend time praying (1Thess 5:17).
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    Prayer should break your selfish desires, ambitions and help you to reach and practice the perfect will of God.
  • The Power of Prayer (saltlightandwitnesses.com)
    The thing about prayer is that this weapon is often seen as small and ineffective. Most people do not choose to pull it out until they are in a jam, but usually it is too late then. Prayer is our weapon that we should use several times a day. Prayer is our communication with God. If we do not pray, we cut off the source to our power.  Prayer is something that can be done out loud or silently. Prayer can be done while in conversation with others. There is power in prayer. Prayer not only changes things, but it changes people and situations as well.
  • Prayer Devotional August 15 (pastorbenk.com)
    A sacrifice that is gone through thoughtlessly and without any moral or spiritual involvement was a sacrifice that was an abomination to God. It was worse than a sacrifice that was neglected. Sacrifice was to be a physical symbol of the sacrifice’s true attitude of repentance and commitment to God. A sacrifice in itself was ineffective. The striking truth is our regular behavior matters to God. Sacrifice must be backed by an upright life. I Samuel 15:22 says, “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”
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29 thoughts on “Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation

  1. […] Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation (christadelphians.wordpress.com) The Holy Scriptures records that many people had their prayers answered. We can see that biblical events where God intervened sometimes came to existence because people dared to ask God for a favour or for help. The people who got their prayers answered where those who prayed with a desire. Without a desire, there is also no need for prayer. If what we pray for truly comes from the bottom of our heart, surely the answers to our prayers will not stay out. […]

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  2. Alan Hermann wrote: “The Pharisees made the mistake of believing that the most important thing about faith was what you know. The disciples and all Christians since have understood the error in this understanding. What we know is not to be disdained but far more important is Who we know and how we love Him. At its core Christianity must be far more than a belief. It is a relationship of deep, life changing love with our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ. To know a lot about God and His Son is useful but not saving. To love Him as our dearest friend and to allow that love to change every aspect of our being makes us Christian and guarantees us an eternal love saturated relationship with Him. As with all truly love based relationships we will long to know Him better. We will search the Scriptures with all our heart, not to learn facts as such, but to know Him better who has stolen our mind and heart. The Bible is not a book of history and doctrine. It is a love letter from our eternal glorious Lover and as such we treasure it and read it over and over. He loves you. Have you opened His love letter today to see how much?”

    We do have the love-letter of the One Who Loves Most and is the Most Trustworthy. His Words we can carry close to our heart and we can use them also to talk to Him who is always prepared to listen. But we also can reach Him with our humble words. Not the amount of words count but the intensity and where they come from, straight of the heart.

    We should take much more time to communicate with the One who wants to be close to us.

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