How to pray - Step 1
Praying to God is very simple and does not require any major effort on your part.
Jesus said: “Whatever you will ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you will ask anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14. #christianpraying
Jesus said: “In that day you will ask me no questions. Most certainly I tell you, whatever you may ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full. John 16: 23-24.
What to do:
Ask the Father. You can only ask the Father if you are a child of God. Otherwise, you will be asking God but not as a child will ask their dad. There will be no connection but a distant relationship.
As a child of God, you feel confident to freely approach your father and ask whatever you need, knowing fully well that he loves you.
Jesus said: “ In that day you will ask in my name; and I don’t say to you that I will pray to the Father for you, for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came from God.” John 16: 26-27 #Godloves
Things to Avoid
There is no need to pray to angels. They are not there to pass your prayers to God, your father. God has not given them that assignment. They cannot answer your prayers. Only God can do that.
There is no need to make up anything elaborate as a medium to approach God. The name of Jesus is enough. There is power in that name. It is a name that is above all other names. God will listen to your prayers if you ask in Jesus’ name, because of what Jesus did for you on the cross.
How to Become a Child of God
You inherited Adam’s disobedience and rebellious nature at birth. You find it hard to fully obey God’s word and walk in righteousness.
“But your iniquities have separated you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2.
Jesus came to earth to make atonement for your sins and that of the whole world. In the olden days, Israelites sacrifice bulls and goats by shedding their blood to cover their sin on a yearly basis. Yet, it did not help them live a righteous life, so they kept shredding animals’ blood to cover their sin. #salvation
Jesus died on the cross to pay for the penalty of our sins. We are spiritually dead to God because of our sins. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23.
Jesus rose again for our justification. “Now it was not written that it was accounted to him for his sake alone, but for our sake also, to whom it will be accounted, who believe in him who raised Jesus, our Lord, from the dead, who was delivered up for our trespasses, and was raised for our justification.” Romans 4: 23-25.
As soon as you believe in Jesus Christ and receive him into your life, you are given the power to become a child of God.
“But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name: who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13.
After you have confessed your sins and the blood of Jesus Christ washed away your sins, God will send his Spirit into your heart.
“For you didn’t receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15.
Ask your Father in Heaven
Jesus said: “In that day you will ask me no questions. Most certainly I tell you, whatever you may ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full. John 16: 23-24