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“What is Prayer?”

Read Philippians 4:5-7, first:

Php 4:5 Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
Php 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I’m only going to write about verse 6, however, you MUST be motivated to pray, I think.  And, what a precious promise in verse 7 that the Peace of God will stand guard over our hearts and minds when we pray “in Christ Jesus.”

There are only 4 words in verse 6 that I will cover for our understanding:  “prayer,” “supplication,” “thanksgiving,” and “requests.”  I wrote this in November, 1997, for my own edification and challenge.  I did not copy the Strong’s numbers for these words, nor the Greek word.  But, I did copy the definition of each word and then, with meditation, used “exhortation” for my own enjoyment.  In other words, this is very personal – what I share with you – from my “Prayer Notebook.”

“Prayer”is acknowledging God’s sufficiency – a term of worship.  DO NOT miss this!  God is Able!  Stay at this point until you believe it with all your heart.  Without faith it is impossible to please God.  I must begin here and linger here until I am fully assured God is able and I love Him with all my heart, soul, mind, physical strength – no matter what!

“Supplication” – is a regard for my necessity.  (This one usually comes easy.)  I am a needy person.  I need Thee Every Hour.  But, Mary, focus on your real, true need. Compare verse 19:   Php 4:19 And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  Mary, God fulfills and accomplishes all my employment (that’s what the word “needs” means!)  In other words, He supplies all the requirements that I need for living for Him!

………that’s all for today……stay tuned for the other two words………

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December 10, 2014 - Posted by | Ladies Bible Study Notes | , , , ,

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