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Back to Basics in Prayer (Part 2)




 

Hebrews 11:6


A. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him,


B. for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that


C. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.




In lesson one, we examined what faith is, and how important faith is in our communication to our heavenly father. Continue to increase your faith by hearing and studying the word (Romans 10:17). Moving forward, remember, faith by itself without action will produce nothing (James 2:17). True activation of your faith comes through building your relationship with the divine Trinity of God. Now let’s get into part two.


In this lesson I’m going to continue talking about what is necessary to communicate properly with God. I have broken down Hebrews 11:6 so we can take a closer look at what each part of that verse means. Let’s start with the “B” part of Hebrews 11:6, for he who comes to God must believe that He is!


What this says to me, is that even before we come to God in prayer, we must have knowledge of who He is. That He exists, and that He is a Spirit. They that come to him, must worship him in spirit, and in truth (John 4:24). He’s omnipresent, which means he’s everywhere at the same time. He wants to be a vital part of our lives. Read how Revelation 3:20 describes God’s posture to us. “Behold, I stand at the door of your heart and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in.” We must invite him into our lives and surrender to his plan and purpose for our lives.


Here is where you must take assessment on what do you know about God? Don’t rush past this question. Spend some time pondering your answer. You may want to make a list on what you know about your Heavenly Father. Are you comfortable with the term of calling God father? What do you call him and why?


As I was coming up as a child, I would hear the old people talking about God is a way maker, God is my rock, and in the church they would talk about God being Jehovah Jara, for He is my provider. As my relationship with God grew, and I received better understanding of his word, I did come to know Him as all of those things and more. But there was still an order of God that was very important I needed to learn. It was very little being said about the Trinity of God.


Hardly ever did you hear the older people or the church talking about God as three persons of the God head. Each having their own characteristics or identity in the God head. The term Trinity is not used in the Bible, but the Scriptures clearly reveal that there is one God in three persons.


From the beginning of time, God shows The Trinity in His word. Here are a few Bible verses that shed light on the trinitarian nature of God. Let’s look at Genesis 1:26a Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”


Did you ever stop to wonder who is the US that God is talking about? The answer to that question can be found in Matthew 28:19 “baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Showing their unity and oneness.” Jesus confirms the Trinity with his statement in John 10:30. “I and the Father are one.” Jesus tells the disciples in John 14:26. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”. Then Jesus tells the church in John 16:23, “Don’t ask me for anything, ask the Father in my name, and he will grant your request because you use my name”.


Understanding the different roles each aspect of the Trinity plays is a key component to not just answered prayers, but also your spiritual relationship with each. Knowing how the Trinity works in our lives will cause us to live blessed and remove confusion. This next verse shows how the Trinity works together 2 Corinthians 13:14.“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.”


God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.


God the Father: We pray to God our Heavenly Father (Matthew 6:9)


God the Son: the Son is our SAVIOR the head of the church and He’s the one that’s sitting at the right hand of the father and praying on our behalf. We don’t ask him for anything, we ask the Father in His name. “it’s in the name of Jesus we pray” or “we ask all these prayers in Jesus’ name” (Romans 8:34)


God the Holy Ghost: the Holy Ghost is our GUIDE sent from Heaven to dwell or live within us. Remember John 14:26 (reference scripture further up). The Holy Spirit is important because he is the mediator on our behalf. The Bible tells us we don’t even know what we are to pray for as we are, but the Holy Spirit will make intercession for us (Romans 8:26).


Prayerfully this has helped you see and know God a little bit better. Leave me your thoughts, your comments, and your questions. I look forward to staying connected to you!

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