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A Simple Lesson On Prayer.

John 4:10 "Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water."

To start off here, I'd like to present what Theologian John Gill had to say about this verse of Scripture....
"Thou wouldst have asked of him; a favour and benefit; for such who truly know Christ, the worth and value of him, and their need of him, will apply to him for grace, as they have encouragement to do; since all grace is treasured up in him, and he gives it freely, and upbraideth not; and souls are invited to ask it of him, and take it freely; nor is it to be had anywhere else: but knowledge of Christ, is absolutely necessary, to asking anything of him; for till he is known, he will not be applied to; but when he is made known to any, in his fulness and suitableness, they will have recourse to him, and ask grace and mercy of him; and which is freely had: the Vulgate Latin very wrongly adds, "perhaps"; reading it, "perhaps thou wouldst have asked"; whereas our Lord's meaning is, that she would certainly have asked:"

Prayer is our "life-line" to Jesus and His Father. What I'd like to point out is, knowledge of Jesus, and especially His Nature is critical to receiving what we pray for. See what the Scripture says about that....If thou knewest the gift of God, and Who it is that saith to thee. I see two important facts here. One is "If you knew the gift. That suggests that we must have a good knowledge of God's promises to His children.

2 Corinthians 7:1 "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."....
6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

To know God's promises is a start. That which follows is a life style (KJV conversation) A Professor at college once said, "God won't put sugar in a garbage can." That's funny, but true. So many folk complain that they don't get their prayers answered, and all the while, don't separate from the "world's" influence.

Clean living equals clean prayers. Now second. We must know what is available to us by way of God's promises, more than that, we must know the Giver of all the promises....
2 Peter 1:1 "Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord."

It amazes me when I counsel folk who know so little about Jesus Christ beyond the facts of His death and resurrection. I have recommended to those of whom I counsel, in this Forum, and in my other avenues of counsel, that folk study the four Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I recommend that they study these Gospels many times over the span of their life. Not just read, for the sake of reading, but to study! This is where we become familiar with Who Jesus is, what He does, and how important He is in our lives.

So, every Christian needs to pray according to....
1John 5:14 "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."

Not only that, we must remember the teaching of what James says about prayer....James 1:14 "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed."

I have been blessed with a very close relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ. This is how, that has come about for me. Every morning I present my body (life) according to....
Romans 12:1 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

In my prayers, personal and for others, I ask my Heavenly Father for the love that He has for His Son Jesus. Jesus is the Vine and I'm only the branch. I need that love for Jesus that He deserves.

I hope that every one of my Bible Study Friend's have a blessed Christmas remembering that Jesus Christ's birth is the reason for our celebration. I love you all. :hug
Remember also these words penned by James about prayer:

Jas 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

We are to ask of God, but certainly in beginning and at many other later times, we do not know what we ask and we ask "amiss". We need to ask God to help us ask as He would have us ask.