Three Parts Of Prayer That Will Last Forever

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1. PRAISE

 

Praise will always be part of our prayers—as we express our love, honor, and reverence for God. Praise begins from the Holy Spirit.  He causes us to praise Him.  This is true for us now and it will be true for eternity. Now of course our praise is limited because we don’t always allow God to fill us and control us.  But in heaven we will always be full of His Spirit, and therefore full of praise to God.

When the Spirit moves us to praise Him, I believe He most often works in conjunction with the Word. That is, He will move us to meditate on His Word; and then, as we see wonderful things in His Word He will cause us to praise Him.  This phenomenon occurs of course in a limited way now, but in heaven the Word will be unrestricted and will flow freely through our mind and heart, causing us to perpetually see His glory and praise Him.

 

2. THANKSGIVING

 

Thanksgiving is slightly different than praise. Praise is always directed to God and is intended to give honor to God for who He is and for all His works.  Thanksgiving is also intended to give honor to God but is more personal.  When we thank Him in prayer we usually thank Him for what He has done for us personally and for our friends.  It is expressing our gratefulness to Him.

And there is a great benefit to this part of prayer; for when we express our thanksgiving to God it produces in us evidence (confirmation) that we are filled with His Spirit. And by that evidence we are made confident in Him—so that we are always ready and prepared to worship Him.

Now, in this earthly body, our thankfulness is sadly lacking. But when we receive our glorified bodies, instantly our spirit will change.  Our attitude will be full of gratitude.  Yes, this will be our wonderful demeanor forever; we will take great joy and pleasure in thanking Him for everything.  There will never again be a selfish, ungrateful moment.  We will forever be overwhelmed with gratefulness for His wonderful love and care for us.

 

3. PETITION                                                                                                                            

The asking part of prayer is very different than praise and thanksgiving in that it does not seek to give anything to God, but rather seeks to receive from God.  This does not suggest, however, that our petitions are disconnected from the other parts of prayer.  In fact, all three parts of prayer are vitally connected.  True prayers of petition are always made and supported “with thanksgiving” (Phil. 4:6) and have the flavor of praise.  When we ask for anything it will (or should) always be with the attitude of gratitude and “to the praise of His glory” (Eph. 1:12, 14).

Asking God for things (with thanksgiving and praise) will always be a part of prayer, for it is the nature of petition to express our dependence on Him—as we will always be dependent on Him for everything, as a branch that grows from a vine. Moreover our eternal existence depends on Him; our lives will always flow from His life.  Therefore, the principle of asking and abiding will never ever go away.  It is a kingdom principle that is eternal (Jn. 15:5-7).

But our asking, our being dependent on Him will never be a drudgery; we will never be bitter against Him or wish we were autonomous (a god). Some may think, as I once did, that we will be as gods, with no needs and no dependence on anyone—that God will make us just like Him.  But that will not be the case.  Though we will always have His nature and character, we will never be divine; we will never be without dependence.  And that I’m sure will suit us fine.  I’m sure we will always be pleased with our dependence on God and with our connectedness to Him; for that is the beauty of our relationship with Him.  We will never want it any other way.

Now, as to what things we will ask for, I believe we can divide them into three groups: (1) for things pertaining to God’s will and kingdom, (2) for personal needs, and (3) for others.

The first group or the first level of asking is the first priority of our asking. Things pertaining to His will and kingdom are and will always be the most important part of prayer. In heaven I suppose we will always be talking to God about the kingdom and about what His desires are.  And we will of course always be seeking a more intimate knowledge of Him, desiring from Him that He would reveal more of Himself to us.

Personal desires will never be considered as important to us, because we know that God will always supply all our needs. But we still will ask Him for what we desire and need because we are and will always be in a dependent relationship with Him.  Hence, for whatever we desire, if it is good for us and in the Father’s will for us to have it, then we may ask Him for it and He will give it to us.  Therefore the principle of asking and receiving, even for personal things is an eternal principle (Jn. 15:7; 15:16; 16:24).

The third part of asking is for others and is most often called intercession. This part of prayer will most definitely last for eternity because it is something we do when we are most godly.  It is the most unselfish part of prayer and the part of prayer that God Himself is engaged in.

Though we usually separate intercession from personal prayers, intercession in a sense includes them. That is, if we are praying correctly (in the Spirit), even when we pray about our own needs, we also, at the same time, are praying for other believers because of our connectedness in the body; for all believers are connected and part of the body of Christ, and when we pray for personal needs, we are also praying for others as a family, saying “our Father” rather than “my Father” (Matt. 6:9).

We don’t feel this communion with each other so much now, because of our selfish tendencies, but when we are glorified it will be different. In heaven, though we will have separate identities and separate thoughts, we will always be thinking of others and care for others.  I think to some extent we will also know the thoughts and feelings of others.  I can’t wait to experience it.  Being united with others in this way, of always thinking of others, will radically change prayer from what it is now.  Prayer will be so very glorious, so very comforting.  When we pray, when we talk to God about anything, we will feel and experience the thoughts and emotions of every other believer; we will be touched by their love and compassion for each other like we have never experienced before.

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How We Will Be Able To See and Experience God in Eternity — 4 Possible Ways

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I think the greatest limit we have now is our inability to see God and our inability to sense and know all the time that He is with us. All that will be changed in heaven.  In heaven we will be able to see God everywhere always.

Obviously, I don’t have the full scoop on how we will be able to see Him, but I do have some ideas. Here are four ways in which I think we will be able to see and experience God:

1. WE WILL SEE GOD IN THE BODY OF JESUS

No one has ever seen the face of God. God lives in unapproachable light. It is impossible for us now to see a holy God because we are sinful and we have a body full of sin (Ex. 33:20; 1 Tim. 6:16; Heb. 12:15).  But one day He will make us—our body as well…

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What will our new glorified body be like?

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In heaven we will still converse with God as we do now, but in many ways it will be different and better. Prayer (soul to soul communication) will be much better because of our glorified bodies.  With our new bodies our soul will be much more perceptive.   Think of it.  Our eyes will be able to see things we have never seen before.  Our ears will be able to hear things we have never heard before.  Our smell, our sense of touch, our taste, and everything about our bodies will be better.  And of course our brains will be without flaws, so our thinking will be so much clearer.  We will be able to read faster—to speed read!  And we will remember everything we read.  We will be able to easily memorize and understand everything, and then be able to easily recall anything we want to refer back to. …

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Prayer in Heaven: What Aspect of Prayer Now Will Be the Same in Heaven?

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Some would say that there will not be prayer in heaven because we will always be with God and we can just talk to Him person to person. Well, yes, I agree that we will always be with God; however, if we define prayer as communication, as soul to soul communication between two people who love each other, then there definitely will be prayer in heaven.  We will communicate with God soul to soul just as we do now.  Many things about our communication with God will be different—and better—in heaven; but there are some basic things that will remain the same.

If you break down what it means to communicate soul to soul you will find that this aspect of prayer is eternal. The soul is made up of the mind, the affections, and the will. With the mind, when we pray, we think about God and He thinks about us.  Our thoughts about God now mainly come from the study of His Word.  And in heaven for eternity our thoughts toward God will also come from the Word; for the Word of God is eternal, and our thoughts on His Word are exhaustless.  We will never run out of things from His Word to think about toward Him.  Matthew 24:35 says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”  Also in Isaiah 40:8 it says, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”

Our thoughts about God also come from our ponderings of nature, as we think about all the beautiful things in nature and the vastness of the universe. In heaven of course our thoughts about God will be much more wonderful.  Heaven and earth will be new, and we will have a new, glorified mind.  The wonders we will behold and think about will be awesome!

God also thinks, and will always think many thoughts toward us. In Jeremiah 29:11 God says to us, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  In Psalms 40:5 David said,

 

Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works

Which You have done;

And Your thoughts toward us

Cannot be recounted to You in order;

If I would declare and speak of them,

They are more than can be numbered.

 

Also in Psalms 139:17-18 David said,

 

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!

How great is the sum of them!

18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand…

 

With our heart (or with our emotions) we have feelings toward God; and with His heart He has feelings toward us.  Our emotions toward God are stirred up by our thoughts of Him.  So, as we meditate on the Word and ponder the beauty of God in nature, our heart is stirred in us to love Him and commune with Him.  And of course, as 1 John 4:19 says, “We love Him because He first loved us.”

God’s love toward us doesn’t have to be stirred up. It has always been there. His love and all His wonderful thoughts and plans for us are eternal.  That is, His love for us is from eternity past to eternity future.  God’s very nature is love.  He loves all people whether they choose to accept Him or not.  And he demonstrated His love for us by sending His only Son to earth to die on a cross for us (Rom. 5:8).  But His love doesn’t touch all of us.  Only those who choose to accept Him and obey Him will experience His love; and happily, they will experience His love forever.  Psalm 103:17 says, “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him…”

The third part of the soul is the will.  With the will we choose to listen to God and obey Him.  This part of prayer is vitally important.  It is the part that keeps communication with God alive, because if we don’t choose to listen to Him, speak to Him, and obey Him, and if He doesn’t listen to us and speak to us, then prayer is over; it is dead.

So what we are saying is that this soul to soul communication is the basis of prayer. We commune with God and He communes with us—through the mind, the affections, and the will.  And we also communicate with Him verbally by words of our mouth.  And whether we pray just in the mind (with the heart and the will), or also with words, we do it in conversational style, just as we are speaking to a friend.  This is the nature of prayer now, and I believe it will continue this way for eternity; for God will always be our friend and lover, and He will always want to be near us and converse with us.  Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you…’”

 

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4 Ways to Begin Praying With Earnestness

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If you really want to pray with earnestness here are four ways to start.

1. Pray for it. Ask God to show you His heart and ask Him to give you the same desires and burdens that He has. Then ask Him to give you the energy to pray concerning those burdens and to put His fervency and power into your prayers.

2. Be Obedient to pray whenever God calls you to pray. If we are obedient to pray when He calls us to pray He will be faithful to give us just the right amount of earnestness it takes to pray and bring the answer. Even if you don’t feel a lot of desire to pray at first, pray anyway, because your act of obedience will put the Holy Spirit to work in you. He will warm your prayers up, and the more you keep praying the more the Holy Spirit will bring burning fire to your prayers.

3. Love others fervently. The Greek word ektenos, translated as earnest, is used in Acts 12:5 to describe prayer. But the word is also used in 1 Peter 1:22 for how we are to love one another. Here Paul writes, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently [ektenoós] with a pure heart.”

So here we see that the fervent (or earnest) love we may have for someone is the same earnestness that we will have in our prayers for them. In fact, we cannot pray for someone with earnestness without loving them with the same earnestness.  Thus earnest prayer is born of earnest love. And even if we are not praying for a particular person, if we are just praying regarding something in our own life, we can still pray with earnestness; it comes out of our fervent love for God and for His will.

4. Abiding in God’s Word. When we spend time meditating on the Word and praying the Word into our life, God will show us His heart. Before long we will have the same (or a portion of the same) desires and burdens He does; and we will pray with the same earnestness that His Spirit prays for us (Rom. 8:26).

 

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A Foggy Morning – pictures

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There is something about the fog that intrigues me—especially in the morning. So when I got up this morning and saw the fog out my bedroom window, I immediately made the decision to go for a walk. And of course I took me camera. The fog lasted longer than I thought it would. A pleasant surprise.

 

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Hosea 14:5

I will be like the dew to Israel;

He will blossom like the lily,

And he will take root like the cedars of Lebanon.

 

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Psalms 133:1, 3

Behold, how good and pleasant it is

For brothers to dwell together in unity!

3 It is like the dew of Hermon,

Coming down upon the mountains of Zion;

For there the LORD commanded the blessing – life forever.

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The Last Prayer of the Bible: A Prayer for Prosperity and Health

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3 John 1:2

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

 

In this last recorded biblical prayer, John is concerned about his friend Gauis’ health. Whether he was in poor health or not we don’t know, but we do know that John loved Gauis (v. 1).  Therefore, he prayed that he would prosper and be in health just as his soul was prospering.

This prayer is much like the prayer of Jabez (1 Chron. 4:10)—for God’s blessing. And I have heard some say that it’s a selfish prayer. They would say something like this: “I will not beg God for His blessing; He will bless me if it pleases Him, but I think it’s wrong to ask for it; I’ll just do the best I can in life and if God wants to bless me that’s up to Him.”

I think that attitude is wrong and even prideful. God does want to bless us and He wants us to ask for it. Where else can we go to be blessed?

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