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Prayer is very personal;

however, a framework to arrange your thoughts can help hold

together all that you think matters.

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Here’s the first part:

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(1)      O God my Father,

 through the power of your Holy Spirit

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(2)      May I love you as I should:

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(3)      May I seek you daily for what I must know.

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(4)      May I understand your Word

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(5)      And may Truth be my guide

with the help of,

and in spite of,

the several traditions that

bear your name.

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[For more go through the DOOR.]

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[MORE]

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(6)      May I share your love with those around me.

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(7)       May I actively serve in your Church

wherever I live.

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(8)       May I properly obey authority

wherever I go.

 

[More of this prayer will appear in the next post. But check the note in red at the end.]

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NOTES…

   This form prayer (here, the first of four parts) considers several important areas in which Christians are encouraged by the Bible to pray about in order to please God, bring personal concerns to God, and to seek direction in ministering to others. If God is real, He hears you. A form prayer can “guide” and “accompany” praying, but it should never replace personal, spontaneous speaking to God. Here are some notes about these 8 parts:

   (1) through (3) focus on the overall importance of loving God first before considering anything else. (1) identifies two persons of the Trinity: “God the Father” and the “Holy Spirit.” (2) emphasizes loving God the right way. (3) identifies the importance of daily seeking and praying.

   (4) focuses upon regularly working to understand the Bible, and (5) acknowledges that absolute Truth exists, and that there are Christians from different churches who can help you understand the Truth as well as those who, ignorantly or deliberately, mislead you or distract you from finding the Truth. (Christian maturity involves your sorting out the differences. We have to grow and use our head here. And that’s something to regularly pray about.)

   (6) emphasizes that learning just for oneself can be selfish; God’s Word and Christian faith is meant to be shared. And according to (7), this implies being active in a local body of Christian believers. (8) involves being lawful and honest outside of the church building where we spend most of our time.

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 [For those desiring a paper copy of this prayer–all 34 parts–printed on a legal-sized sheet, enclose in an envelope $1 (U.S) as handling expense and  one SASE (self-addressed stamped [49¢] envelope) business envelope to John Knapp II, 46 Knappian Way, Montrose, PA 18801. That’s sending information the old snail-mail way ♥. On this sheet will appear both a “personal” and a “corporate” (for groups) version of the 34-part prayer + more than 100 Bible references supporting what the prayer says. The prayer may be freely copied for others–and may be suitable for group worship, Sunday school or Sabbath classes, or small group use.]