Prayer is communication with God, so as Christians it is important that it is more than just formal, memorised prayers but you must speak to God, telling the Lord in our own words what we think and feel. Prayer is an essential part of Christians lives and has been since its earliest days. It is the crucial component of the Christian faith as it is the tradition of communication with God. The role of personal prayer rituals plays a very significant role in the tradition since Christian’s model their lives on the example of Jesus. Personal prayer is the prayer of an individual.
Through prayer we are able communicate the same with our loving father, Jehovah. We’re able speak to Jehovah as if pouring out our hearts to a close friend, parent or a spouse. Our meaningful prayers involves more than words though. Let turn in our bibles to Matt 22:37 Why Meaningful Prayers Involve More Than Words. “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’ So meaningful prayers involves loving Jehovah with our whole heart, soul and mind.
Book 3 contains Psalms 73:1 through 89:52. In this book the psalms discuss God’s enthronement and his temple. They also praise God for his holiness and talk about God deserving our worship. Book 4 covers Psalms 90:1 through 106:48. Most of this book discusses the relationship Israel has with its surrounding nations.
INTRODUCTION Public and common prayer by the people of God is rightly considered to be among the primary duties of the Church. This is true because the scriptures attest to it that the early Christians "devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the community, to the breaking of the bread, and to prayer"(Acts 2:42), and that “many times the Christian community prayed with one accord.” From this Testimony of the early Christians we discover that individual Christians devoted themselves to prayer at fixed times or hours then as time went by, in different places, it soon became the established practice to assign special times for common prayer. This tradition has been handed on to the contemporary community of faith- the church. Therefore in order to solemnly carry out this gracious mandate to pray in and out of season she developed and formulated prayers to sanctify the hours of the day which is called the breviary or the Liturgy of the hours. WHAT IS THE LITURGY OF HOURS?
This helps people know who are they praying for, if they didn’t know who will they pray to? ‘The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit are with you all’. This means let everyone have the love of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. This will make everyone happy thinking’ god is with them and they don’t have to be worried about anything’. Instead of saying that the priest might say ‘Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ’/ The Lord be with you and the people reply ‘and with your spirit’.
The local church is responsible for evangelizing within the community and reaching out to those who don’t know Christ. The church must go out and share the Gospel and the love of Christ. This can be done through outreaches and functions planned to draw the unsaved to the church. As the church we are
Christian CBT is mainly based on clear integration, which involves direct use off divine resources. The stages of prayer include a prayer for protection and petitioning for healing power of the Holy Spirit, making the client feel relaxed, and allowing the client to recollect traumatic past events. It also involves petition for ministration of the Holy Spirit, waits for the Holy Spirit to minister to the client, ends the session in a joint prayer, briefly discusses the healing experienced by the client and recommends guidelines for personal prayers. The therapist should focus on correct interpretation of Scriptures and use appropriate guidelines during counseling. The use of Scriptures should be guided by the reason behind
Many Christians use the Bible when making a moral decision because they believe it is the word of God spoken to the Bible writers. It is God’s guidance to human and has absolute authority in decision making. Secondly, it contains the teachings of Jesus on how to live. They should follow his teachings about moral decision making e.g. the Sermon on the Mount is Jesus explaining the Ten Commandments.
Our focus as believers, for ourselves, is to love and worship God, to uplift Him in everything we do, to glorify Him in our lives, to love those around us, to be a light in a dark world, and to share God’s love with everyone around us. It ultimately comes back to us serving God and pleasing Him (Crabb, 1977, p. 21). As Psalm 144:15 states, “Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord”. Rather than seeking happiness, one should focus their efforts on seeking God. From there, true happiness will emerge.