Prima facie: Our Father
For we know in part and learn in part. These two parts should be the whole of our listening. And Prayer is one those mystery we know in part. We also know that Christ practiced it with much diligence by its many references in the synoptic gospels; that it was the last action taken in the closing moments of Christ’s earthly ministry. In each instances of prayer recorded, there is a listener and a speaker.
It is a must that we grow in our prayer life. If we will struggle from an inadequate understanding of how to pray, our Christian walk will be filled with missteps. Prayer is another gift of the spirit (James 5:13-18, HCSB). Below is a short list of things that could hinder your prayers:
“1. Are you obeying what He already has told you to do?
2. Are you living your life according to the principles He already has mapped out for you?
3. Are you asking for direction in one area of your life, and yet knowingly disobeying Him in another? Perhaps God is waiting for you to do something He already has told you to do, before He tells you the next thing or gives you further direction. ”
Most people do not discern the effectiveness of Christ our Lord’s answer concerning how we should pray. They miss the subtle detail hidden in its simplicity; forgetting it is an answer to a question of “how-to” and over looking discourse that takes place following Christ’s answer. ( Luke 11:1-13 HCSB)
Christ tells us to hallow God’s glory each day and to declare to someone that God’s kingdom is at hand; to ask for God’s will to be done in our lives and be done on earth as it is in heaven to His perfect pleasure. ” That each day be given to us for God’s expressed purpose; and, that forgiving others is how we receive forgiveness. Teaching us to always ask God, the Father, to gird our loins against certain temptations, and that when we do succumb, to deliver us from its snares. And finally in closing, to always be mindful of God’s eternal sovereignty. Not proposing that it be recited like a parrot, but rather that its tenants be modeled–much to our detriment we don’t.
The latin word ( “prima facie, meaning: at first glance; at first view; before investigation. Plain or clear; self-evident; obvious” ) teaches us that at first glance praying should be easy enough. But in all actuality, it isn’t something men and woman of God do very effectively. James, the brother of Christ, in his letter to the early churches, declared that ” the fervent effectual prayers of the righteous avail much. ” Declaring for us that prayers are our main source of spiritual currency.
Let us now look again, closely at yet another one of the Bible’s heroes, Apostle Paul. His prayers for the early church in Colossae located about 100 miles from Ephesus in the Roman province of Asia ( modern day Turkey ) around A.D. 60-62 in verses nine through twelve of chapter one, we see that Apostle Paul is not just asking God for material things for the believers, of which there was probably great need. But moreover, for Godly knowledge: ” That they might be knowing, intelligent Christians, filled with the knowledge of God’s will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
The knowledge of our spiritual duty is the best knowledge a Christian can have. We must know it, in order to do it.
By asking prayerfully for this, Apostle Paul was assured that each believer would be more apt to perform his duties with joy and steadfastness, knowing that his/her labor would produce a glorious outcome. An outcome that we now enjoy: the Church. Thus making his, Apostle Paul’s ministry effectual.
Our prayer life becomes knowledge when we know how to apply it to our particular occasions, and to all our emergencies.
That being said, I leave you with this quoted Poem:
” When I cannot understand my Father’s leading, And it seems to be but hard and cruel fate, Still I hear that gentle whisper ever pleading, God is working, God is faithful, God is asking, ‘please wait.'”
- The Believers Position In Christ (thesimplewomansdaybook.com)
- The pray without ceasing experiment (christianpf.com)
- Accepting God: The Prayers of Salvation and Your Soul (christianity.answers.com)
- Living In the Kingdom #8 (maxdray.wordpress.com)