Jay Smith was at our church recently and gave us an amazing lecture.
I have the Vimeo link right here so you can watch/listen to the teaching if you so choose.
He is a very intelligent man who spoke to us about the Muslim religion and the difference between their teachings and the teachings of Jesus in the Holy Bible.
This is not a sermon to hurt anyone in the Muslim faith.
Jay Smith gives an understanding to both the Christian and the Muslim about their most loved books, the Bible and the Quran. This was a very interesting 1 hour sermon, yes it is long, but it is filled with information. Please take one morning with a cup of coffee, tea, cocoa or whatever makes your day brighter, and just listen to the teaching…I thought it was worth sharing. I learned so much. I learned that the Quran is only written in Arabic and only 15% of Muslims can read Arabic. Muslims do not like Christians (those who are lead astray) or Jews (those who cause anger). Muslims think Christians are wrong to believe that God walked the earth, that we do not limit His power to just heavenly things. These are just a few things covered in this teaching. It is really interesting.
See what you think.
Question seems simple doesn’t it?
How do you pray?
Seriously though, how do YOU pray?
As I was talking to the Lord this morning, I found myself asking Him if I was praying the right way.
Not that I had asked for something in prayer and had not felt I had an answer, no that is not what I mean.
I was asking, if the way I pray is correct.
Now when I was little I had 2 prayers that I prayed at night.
1. Now I lay me down to sleep
2. The Lord’s prayer
That was my choice.
Now I admit, while my children are young they have a similar choice at night but I encourage them as they get older to expand with it. I ask them to add things that they really want to talk to God about. I try to as they get older give them a few days to say their prayers alone to get those needed, personal prayers in there to really start their own personal connection with God. This is not to say that we don’t still pray daily together and before meals. At night as they are about to drift off I just want them to be comfortable with speaking to God.
This means that I personally pray like I am speaking to my Heavenly Father.
No I don’t grab some chips, sit down on the couch and chit chat with The Big Guy.
I mean I hit my knees and speak my heart.
I give thanks.
I give thanks again and end.
I speak with respect but I just put it out there.
“Lord, yesterday was so trying for me. I know I lost my cool and that was wrong. I was hurting that someone could be so cruel to me but I had no right to just be a grump to my family because of it. I feel terrible. I heard the Holy Spirit trying to calm me and I thank you for sending the calming. I am sorry if I disappointed you. It was such a hard day. Please help me to be better for it today.”
Now I know that the Lord has given us prayers in the Bible to pray.
One of my favorites is in John 17:21 (NIV)
“…Father, just as you are in me and I am in you, May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
Yes, I know those are Jesus’ words, but I would love the world to know God by my actions.
What a beautiful prayer.
See Jesus just spoke plainly to His Father.
No set up repetition prayer that is always the same.
No thought involved or emotions evoked in those prayers. To me, those are like tying your shoes, just something you do with no thought just reaction.
I could be wrong though.
The Bible says this in Matthew 6: 9-15 (NIV)
“This, then, is how you should pray:
” ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
For if you forgive men when they sin against you,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their sins,
your Father will not forgive your sins.”
So maybe I am wrong.
Maybe I am supposed to just say prayers that are written out.
Yet my heart says no.
Those are great for the days I feel empty, tired, uninspired yet still want to worship my Heavenly Father.
Going back to the Bible, The book of John is filled with words of Jesus just speaking plainly to God.
John 17:1-5 (KJV)
“1These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
2As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
4I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”
Now I do not place myself anywhere near being equal to Jesus, for that is impossible, but I do try to follow what He does.
If He prays in a way of speaking His heart to God, He is my prime example and I should follow in those ways correct?
I kneel when I pray.
I know in the Bible there are many ways people prayed.
“For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. Come, everyone, and clap your hands for joy! Shout to God with joyful praise!“ Psalm 47:1
“The Levites stood and praised the Lord with a loud shout” 2 Chronicles 20:19
“So wherever you assemble, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy” 1 Timothy 2:8
“There he told them, ‘Pray that you will not be overcome by temptation.’ He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed” Luke 22:40-41
So many ways to honor and praise Him.
I just want to do it right for He is my Lord and Savior.
I plan on continuing to pray with my heart to the Lord daily.
Just wondering if others do the same.