|Issue No. 6/2018 11 February 2018 WORSHIP THROUGH PRAYER PT. 1 Owen D. Olbricht (Truth for
Prayer is one way we can have an intimate relationship with God, for in prayer we can express our innermost feelings and bare our souls. Through prayer we can, so to speak, enter into God’s presence and communicate to Him whatever is on our hearts, from the most mundane to the most important aspects of our lives. “Everything” (Phil. 4:6) can be included in our prayers, for nothing is too trivial for God.
Perhaps most of our prayers are requests for help from God. Such an approach to prayer is too limited. Our prayers should include thanksgiving, praise, and many other thoughts we want to share with Him. The subject matter is unlimited. God is concerned about everything in our lives: our failure, successes, troubles, and causes for rejoicing.
When we pray, we should recognize the following:
(1) God is ready to invite us into His presence to communicate with Him (Matt. 7:7; Heb. 4:16).
(2) The Spirit helps us (Rom. 8:26, 27).
(3) God is all-powerful and able to respond to our requests (Eph. 3:20).
(4) We have a need to express our innermost feelings, desires, and aspirations to God (Phil. 4:6).
(5) We are dependent on God to meet our daily needs (Phil. 4:19).
(6) We need to be completely open, because all is open to God (Heb. 4:13).
(7) We are unworthy before the Almighty, yet we have acceptance through Jesus’ mediation (Heb. 4:14, 15).
(8) God is willing to listen and answer (1 Pet. 3:12).
Those who pray acceptably are those who know Him and who pray out of a close relationship with God. The way to learn to pray is to learn about God. When we come to know Him, we will understand better how to talk to Him and what to share with Him. We will never be able to express our innermost feelings adequately, but we have help. The Holy Spirit takes our feeble efforts and presents them in an understandable manner to God (Rom. 8:26, 27).
PRAYER AS A BIBLE THEME
Prayer is one of the great themes in the Bible. Some major words used in the Old Testament are the Hebrew verb palal (“pray”) and noun tephillah (“prayer”). Another Hebrew verb, nah, meaning “entreaty,” is translated “beg” or “pray.” In the New Testament, we find the Greek verb proseuchomai (“pray”) and the noun proseuche (“prayer”).
At least one of these words is used in all but eighteen of the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and all but eight of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament. Most of the other books include the concept of prayer even though the words “pray” and “prayer” may not be used. God told Israel to “ask” (Eze. 36:37). Zechariah said to ask God for rain (Zech. 10:1). John frequently used “ask” to mean “pray” (John 14:13, 14, 16; 15:7, 16; 16:23, 24, 26; 1 John 3:22; 5:14-16).
One notable feature of Jesus’ life was the time He spent in prayer. His prayers are mentioned more in Luke than in the other Gospel Accounts. Here is a good summary of the seventeen recorded times that Jesus prayed:
These may be divided into four groupings. (1) Prayers offered at critical moments in his life: (a) his baptism (Lk. 3:21), (b) the choice of the apostles (6:12, 13), (c) the confession of his being the Messiah (9:18), (d) his Transfiguration (9:29), (e) before the cross in Gethsemane (22:39, 40), and (f) on the cross (23:46). (2) Prayers during his ministry: (a) before the conflict with the Jewish leaders (5:16), (b) before providing the “Lord’s Prayer” (11:1), (c) when Greeks came to him (John 12:7, 8), and (d) after feeding the five thousand (Mk. 6:46). (3) Prayers offered at his miracles: (a) healing the multitudes (1:35), (b) before feeding the five thousand (6:41), (c) healing a deaf-mute (7:34), and (d) raising Lazarus from death (John 11:41). (4) Prayers for others: (a) for the Eleven (17:6-19), (b) for the whole church (17:20-26), (c) for those who nailed him to the cross (Lk. 23:34), and (d) for Peter (22:32).
Even though Jesus prayed for others, He also included Himself in His prayers (John 17:1-26).
Communicating with God was important to Him. “In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety” (Heb. 5:7). Before choosing the apostles, He prayed all night to the Father (Lk. 6:12-16).
He was away from His heavenly home and separated from the heavenly Father. Evidently, He missed the closeness of the personal presence of the Father and desired to speak often with Him. While He may have been able to realize God’s presence to a much fuller degree than we are able, His prayer is an example for us.
K. L. FAMILY NEWS
Our theme for February is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).
Please pray for bro. Ron Ying (successful healing) and bro. Charlie Chan (recovery from spinal injury).
GUEST TEACHER & SPEAKER FOR 18 FEBRUARY 2018
Bro. Chris Lopez will be teaching on “Reasons Why Some Lose Heart” (2 Thess. 3:13) and speaking on the topic of “Jonah” (Jonah 2:1-9) on 18 February 2018.
We thank all those who brought food to share before the Ordinary Business Meeting last Sunday.
We congratulate bro. Lourdes Jaya and sis. Angeline on their 42nd wedding anniversary on 12 February 2018. May God bless you both with good health and more anniversaries to come.
VISITORS/VISITING BRETHREN (LAST WEEK)
Tamil Worship – Gloria (KL), bro. Panir & sis. Saroja (Klang)
English Worship – Mdm Hong (KL), (KL), bro. Chandran (India),
bro. Ng Yeow Kong & son David (Klang).
SERMON FOR TODAY
Speaker: Steven Chan
Title: Walking in the Fear of the Lord
Text: Acts 9:31
Those to Serve 11 February 18 February
Song Leader Ganga Chee Keong
Opening Prayer Rajandran Patrick Chew
Lord’s Table Chee Keong Robert Ong
Server Yap Ah Peng Yixen
Reader Tony Lye Lawrence
Announcer Robert Ong Ganga
Teacher Steven Chan Chris Lopez
Lesson Worshiping God Why Some
in Spirit and in Lose Heart
Truth (Jn. 4:24) (2 Thess. 3:13)
Communion Set Tang Ai Ngik Constance
Floral Display Veronica Josephine
Statistics Last Week
English Worship 19
Tamil Worship 15
Hearing Impaired -
Total Worship Attendance 34
Friday Bible Class 5
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