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How Do We Pray

How Do We Pray
In Philippians 4:2-7: “I Implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.
And I urge you also, true companion help these woman who labor with me in the gospel with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.
Rejoice in the Lord always, Again I will say rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at Hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with Thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard, {shall keep} your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
What Paul is saying and doing here in verses two and three, he is pleading with the Church at Philippi to be united and joyful in prayer. One might state it like this the only really wrong way to be praying together is to not be praying together. You see when men who begin to pray in unity and pray in One Accord and start to seek God’s Face, they will see God’s Hand begin to move. Prayer has away of binding our hearts together and instilling a Jesus style love in us for one another.
Verse four is stating that our prayer is also worship more than just a time we spend asking God to do for us. It is time we spend telling God how great he has been to us, how much we love, and how much we appreciate Him. I like to ask God if He remembers when, and tell him all about how and what a great job He done. Fill free to come up with your own style of worship with God. I will say it one more time this way our prayer is not a form of worship, our prayer is worship.
Be gentle with one another for we do not know how deep the hurt our brother is feeling. We need to be soft and not rough, be tame, be loving, is to be like Jesus I do not know how else to say it. This brothers is one of the areas in my life where I lack big time. For the Lord is at hand. The word hand that is use here is from the Greek word eggus: meaning near, ready, or both. Jesus is near and ready to do what needs to be done according to his perfect will. What else could I add to that?
In verse six Paul is explaining that one should pray expectantly, pray with anticipation, to pray knowing God has already answered your prayer. For the Bible says that before we ask, God has already answered. Do not believe me search the Bible for yourself and find out what I say is true or not. Hint: Look in Isaiah and Matthew. This is why Paul can say be anxious for nothing he and I both know God always answers our prayers. He goes on to say in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. Thanksgiving in the Greek is eucharista; meaning an act of worship to God. Which means we are to thank God and worship Him for our requests as if he has already answered for He has.
Then in verse seven the promise, the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard {shall keep in some translations} your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. The word guard or shall keep is from the Greek word phroureo: which has a meaning of to be a watcher in advance, and figuratively means; to hem in, and protect. I know you guys are not like me, as for me my mind needs to be hemmed in, protected, and watched very closely. Wow if we pray the way Jesus taught us in Matthew 6: 5-15 and as Paul explains, there is a promise God gives to us and God always keeps His promises.


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