- February 1, 2017
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Our LORD JESUS CHRIST has said,
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
St. Luke 11:9-10
Here ask means ask in prayer; seek means seek in prayer; and knock means knock in prayer. Ask, seek and knock suggest perseverance and continual prayer.
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST has also said,
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
St. Matthew 21:22
Therefore, it is necessary for everyone to pray to GOD in faith and receive abundantly all blessings needed. In the prayer of faith, sinners submit themselves wholly to GOD and pray for salvation and holy life. They confess their sins with tears and groaning and weeping and pray for forgiveness of sins, salvation and experiences of holy life. This is the prayer, the LORD GOD is pleased with. This is the prayer, the LORD GOD likes. This is the prayer, the LORD GOD hears. This is the most important and fundamental prayer.
We should pray to GOD by realizing and confessing our sins to receive all spiritual experiences including HIS holy presence, spiritual rebirth, spiritual growth, etc. We should pray to attain or retain or regain holiness of GOD. We should pray to remove unholiness by sin. We should pray with fasting to defeat or conquer Satan, the devil and to escape from annihilation by GOD (St. Matthew 17:21; Jonah 3:5-10). We should pray to receive spiritual and worldly bliss and blessings. We should pray to escape from punishment of GOD. We should pray to re-establish or reconcile with GOD. We should pray to focus or re-focus our senses and sense organs (eyes, ears, mouth, nose, etc.) on GOD and to curb our sexual appetite and desire. We should pray to renounce our stumbling blocks of sin and to realize, repent and mend our relationship with GOD and to respond to GOD.
GOD hears our prayer of faith and forgives, saves, redeems, sanctifies, renews, repairs and resurges our lives; and provides restitution; and completely destroys our earthly, sensual and devilish works; and restricts and tames our eyes, ears, tongues, food, etc.; and helps us to rise from our spiritually fallen state; and reminds us HIS promises; and heals our body and spirit and soul wholly (James 5:15).
– Sadhu. C. Selva Raj (Appa)