Prayer (Part 3): The Lord’s Prayer

This is the conclusion of a three part series on Prayer by Lorraine O’Neil.

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. The Lord’s Prayer remains the best model of prayer and an excellent place to begin.

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Prayer (Part 2): God Longs to Speak to You

This is part two of a three part series on Prayer by Lorraine O’Neil.

Our God is a Social God

“Adam, where are you?” God wants to communicate with us.  But just like Adam, we tend to hide from Him and draw back from His presence. Yet he continues to call out to each of us. He longs for us to spend time with Him…heart to heart. Through listening and waiting in prayer, He reveals His hidden truths. Through intimate time in His presence, we are changed by His love.

Only through prayer can we really experience God. Effort and discipline are required but the reward of intimacy is more than worthwhile! “Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn. And He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain, watering the earth.” Hosea 6:3

Howard Macy in his book, Rhythms of the Inner life wrote, “Prayer has less to do with getting things than with knowing God. It is more concerned with loving God than with lists of prayer requests. Asking for assistance and knowing God are related, of course, but coming into intimacy with the Holy One is the principal purpose and context of prayer.”

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Prayer (Part 1): The Easiest and the Hardest of All Things

For many people, prayer is a vague concept.  It’s something Christians are supposed to “do” but not many people know how to.  While there are plenty of books on the subject, for most christians they have never been taught how to pray.  Lorraine O’Neil oversees the prayer ministry at Anchorage City Church.  She is a wealth of wisdom and insight when it comes to prayer.  Open your heart and enjoy the richness of this teaching.

“Prayer is the easiest and the hardest of all things; the simplest and the sublimest; the weakest and the most powerful; its results lie outside the range of human possibilities…they are limited only by the omnipotence of God. Few Christians have anything but a vague idea of the power of prayer; fewer still have any experience of that power. The church seems almost wholly unaware of the power God puts into her hand; this spiritual carte blanche of the infinite resources of God’s wisdom and power is rarely, if ever used—never used to the full measure of honoring God. It is astounding how poor the use, how little the benefits. Prayer is our most formidable weapon, but the one in which we are the least skilled, and the most averse to its use. We do everything else for the heathen save the thing God wants us to do; the only thing which does any good—and makes all else we do efficient.” E. M. Bounds

Prayer is spiritual communication with God. It can take on many forms as in supplication, thanksgiving, praise, adoration, or confession. This definition severely limits the vastness of this topic. To write an article on the subject of prayer feels as challenging as trying to describe God in ten words or less!

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