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PRAYER posts/Articole si postari despre RUGACIUNE-

In Limba Romana


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Ever wondered what exactly it means or how exactly you would go about spending time with God?

I came across this article from the River Church of the South Bay that gives one of the best blueprints for spending time with God. What better time than with the START of a NEW YEAR to commit to prayer and study of God’s word. HERE is a great aid that helps just about anyone accomplish this task. Even Jesus had quiet time in prayer with God- “Very early in the morning, while it was till dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” Mark 1:35 and how much more do we – “Man cannot live on bread alone but on every word that God speaks” Matthew 4:4

Topics addressed (with biblical references) are-

Why we need quiet time with God-

  1. We need nourishment from God’s word to grow.

  2. We need to hear from God daily.

  3. We need to draw close to God.

  4. We need the Word which is our best defense against sin.

  5. We need to be corrected when we sin.

  6. We need encouragement and comfort.

What is involved in quiet time?

  1. Bible reading

  2. Prayer time

  3. Journaling and bible note-taking

Then there are some great tips for a meaningful quiet time and then the steps to actually facilitate this quiet time.

CLICK to read the article here. and start spending quiet time with God

Other articles (that can be extemely helpful to new believers too) on the same website include

How to Pray

  • Types of Prayer

    There are many kinds of prayer, but all of them can be classified into one or more of the following categories.  The popular ACTS formula (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) for praying, continues to be effective for people of all ages and levels of spirituality.

    Adoration and Praise

    God is to be praised before we present our next list of wants.  And far too many of us have forgotten how to praise God – if we ever really knew how.  The lack of praise in prayer is to be pitied.  We must learn to praise God if we intend to pray to God.  For starters, study the Psalms and take notes on how much David and the other writers praised God.  Pray these sections of Psalms yourself.  Begin with Psalm 19. (See also Psalm 25:1-15; 27:1-6; 31:1-8; 33:12-22; 34:1-10; 42:1-11, 44:1-8; 46:1-11; 50:1-23, etc.)  As David said, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6). Also, many of God’s statements of what He has done can be restated into a praise offering.


    Unconfessed sin builds barriers between us and God (Psalm 66:18).  It rots our spirits and dries up our hearts (Psalm 32:3).  We need to confess everything to God and confess to others only what is appropriate and helpful (James 5:16).  We do not need to confess every sin specifically to every person.  But we must learn to confess our sins.ThanksgivingAs you remember, Paul’s advice for Christians was, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  This was not a multiple choice test.  We cannot pick just one of these three areas for the week.  We are  to live joyfully, prayerfully, thankfully daily.  How long will God continue to answer our prayers if we never thank Him for the ones He has already granted?  Don’t be afraid of giving God the “big-head”.  He is not some ethereal ego who craves our verbal affirmation.  He wants us to be thankful people.  We need to be thankful people more than He needs to be a thanked God.Supplication and PetitionThis is usually the favorite and most fully developed part of our prayers.  God is not offended by our petitions when we have balanced them with other ingredients.  He wants to answer our requests.  He also wants us to pray for the needs of others through intercessory prayer, more than we do.  When we pray, we must get on our knees for the needs of others.  Our requests must go beyond “God bless me and my mate, and our two children, us four and no more.”  Most importantly, God wants us to see prayer as a means of building a relationship with Him not just getting things from Him.

    Conditions for Effective PrayerGod has promised repeatedly to answer our prayers (Matthew 7:7,8).  He is willing; His word is on the line.   He is also capable of granting our requests. He knows what we need (Matthew 6;7,8) and He knows how to give good gifts (Matthew 79-11).  But God is not a “cosmic cellboy or a “heavenly vending machine,” as Malcolm Nygren said, “A God who filled the prayer orders of people whose wills were not His won would be no God at all.”  James reminded his readers that they had often asked and received not (James 4:3).  What are some of the conditions God has given us?


    If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22)But what are we to believe? That we have needs?  That we need help?  We must truly believe in God – His authenticity and authority.  We must also believe God is able to answer our prayers.  (Mark 11:24;  James 1:6,7).


    “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your own pleasures.”  (James 4:3)We can ask for the right things and still be refused if we have the wrong motives or purposes in mind.  Before we pray, we must pause to check our purposes.  Are we living for self or others?


    “You may ask for anything in my name and I will do it.”  (John 14:13,14)This concept has been greatly misunderstood.  We are to do more than tack on the phrase, “In Jesus’ name,” on the end of our prayers.  We are to approach God with the conscious realization that we do so by the authority and power of Jesus Christ.  In Christ and as a result of our faith in Christ, and Christ alone, we approach God with “freedom and confidence” (Ephesians 3:12; Colossians 1:19,20).ACCORDING TO HIS WILL“If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1John 5:14)We can tell God our deepest personal needs and feelings and finally ask Him for specific requests.  But we must always pray that His will be done, as did Jesus (Matthew 26:39, 42, 44).  God is pleased to grant us His will.  We need to be just as pleased when He does.  We should pray for what Jesus would pray for if we could hear Him pray.


    • Daily Needs – Matthew 6:11

    • Forgiveness – Matthew 6:12

    • For Help in Temptation – Matthew 6:13;26;41; II Peter 2:9

    • For Our Enemies – Matthew 5:44

    • For Worker in the Kingdom – Matthew 9:38

    • For God’s will to be done – Matthew 6:10; 26:39

    • The Praise of God – Matthew 6:9

    • For Spiritual Leaders – II Thessalonians 3:1

    • For Earthly Rulers  – I Timothy 2:1,2

    • For Wisdom – James 1:5

    • For the Sick – James 5:14

    • For God to Protect His Name and Honor – Daniel 9:19

    • For Strength in Crises – Hebrews 4:16

    • For Spiritual Maturity – Ephesians 1:16-20; 3:14-21

    • Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:9-1

    • Another list by Nancy Guthrie posted online at the Gospel Coalition:

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