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Pray: Be a Christian

To effectively talk to people about Jesus we need to have a current, honest and intimate relationship with Him.

When we are in close relationship with Jesus the abundance of His love will flow out of us and sharing the gospel will become easier.

It might seem obvious, but being a Christian doesn’t just mean that we believe Jesus is our Lord and Saviour. Following Jesus means we’re his disciples, and katulad ng kanyang original disciples, kailangan natin ng daily at close relationship kay Jesus. Dahil dito magkakaroon tayo ng abundant desire na ibahagi Siya sa mga taong nasa paligid natin.

Sa anumang relasyon, ang pagiging pamilyar ay dumarating sa pamamagitan ng komunikasyon, at ang buhay kasama si Jesus ay hindi naiiba. Our modern idea of prayer can often be reduced to a one way conversation with God. But when it comes to being a disciple of Jesus, your prayer life needs to be more than that. You need to know His voice to respond to opportunities and navigate conversations; you need to be familiar with Him to know how to call out lies that dress up as Him; you need to be familiar with Him enough to present Him to all kinds of people, and to respond any time, any place to questions about Him.

Here are three important parts of prayer to remember and practice:

Step 1: Get into God’s presence daily and be filled with the Holy Spirit

Hindi mahalaga kung saan o kailan mo ito gagawin, o kahit gaano katagal, mahalaga lang na maglaan ka ng oras bawat araw para magspend time kay Jesus. Spending time with someone is the only way to get familiar with them. Hindi kailangan maging overcomplicated ang prayer na ito; it can be as simple as saying, ‘I’m here God, I love you, anong gusto mong gawin ko ngayon araw to bring glory to your name?’ Then, through worship and reading the Bible, allow the Holy Spirit to direct your heart and mind.

Step 2: Pray for whoever the Holy Spirit puts on your heart

Ask Jesus to bring people to mind to pray for, who don’t know Him yet. Maaaring ito ay mga taong kakakilala mo lang, o maaaring ito ay yung mga matagal mo nang ipinagdarasal. Salvation is the Holy Spirit’s work; so it’s crucial to align with His plans and participate in His work among those we know.

Step 3: Pray throughout the day

The Bible says to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Prayer is more than a conversation or a thought dump to God; it’s a lifestyle. Think of it as a running conversation between you and the Holy Spirit, praying for the people and situations you come across moment by moment. In this way, you’ll be available whenever an opportunity comes to share Jesus.

Challenge yourself to personally connect to God in these ways everyday so that you can share Jesus with authenticity. You’ll be amazed at what happens!

Remember
  • Sharing Jesus beings long before the conversation begins; get familiar with Jesus.
  • Prayer is a lifestyle, not a conversation or a thought dump.
  • Get into God’s presence daily.
Next Steps
  • Try “praying without ceasing”: align your heart and mind to the things of God.
  • Ask for people to pray for – maybe keep a note on your phone of everyone you’ve said you’ll pray for.
  • Begin a daily rhythm: pray a Psalm first thing in the morning.
  • Read a good book on prayer: Developing a healthy and prayer life by James Beeke and Joel Beeke
  • Pray now: set a 1 minute timer and pray until the timer goes off.
Scriptural Support
Colossians 4:2

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Ephesians 6:18

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Pray without ceasing.

1 John 5:14

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

John 15:7

Urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people…this is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Matthew 6:7

And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Jeremiah 33:3

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

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