Every religion has prayer; Jesus and disciples prayed; Preacher's job is to pray; Why do you pray?

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India

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The topic contains four phrases: 1, Every religion has prayer; 2, Jesus and disciples prayed; 3, Prayer is profitable business to preachers; and 4, What for do you pray? Let us look at them all.

1. Prayer is part of every religion; Job of Christian preachers is to pray.

Prayer is an integral part of every religion. Muslims come in first rank concerning prayer at the present time. Jews ranked first in the old testament times. Hindus have some kind of statue in almost every house, they have respect and fear towards their gods. Every day they offer food, flowers, incents, and such things to them. Christians may come next in line concerning prayer. However, Christian preachers pray for a show and for income, but not for godliness. Matthew 23:14, Mark 12:40, Luke 20:47, all these verses say that preachers pray "for a show or for a pretence, make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation." It says that God does not like their prayers and God will condemn them for their long prayers. They present themselves as brokers and agents between God and people. The pretense is that God will answer their prayers, since God has placed them to pray for people. But it is not true; and scripture says otherwise. "1 Timothy 2:5 ... there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, (that is) Christ Jesus; ... 8 I will therefore that men pray every where, (that is, we must pray, but not by brokers.) ..." It says that Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and people, there must be no other mediator between Jesus Christ and us; and so, we must pray. Preachers must teach people how to pray to Jesus Christ directly, rather than being brokers or agents themselves, between people and Jesus Christ. We do not have to speak in special style for prayer, but just talk as a child ask his father with respect. Your prayer must be in private; Matthew 6:6 says that. Group prayers are for a show, and it is for other people to hear, but God has nothing to do with them. A preacher or a pastor praying for you, is just a ritual. In the bible you cannot find that Jesus or an apostle, or a pastor or an elder pray for the congregation, and at the end the congregation say amen. This kind of litany prayers are the invention of the worldly church; they are manmade. But we think that preachers are friends with God; and so, they are brokers. So, people do not mind paying them money, salary, offerings, tithes, etc. Now, there are many big and small businesses, flourishing as prayer ministries. This is the present situation of Christians praying to God. God wants you to pray for yourself in private, but not by any broker preacher.

2. How Jesus Christ prayed: in submission, in distress, but not for the world?

Since prayer is also an important part of Christian life, let us see how Jesus prayed so that we may also follow him in our prayers. "Luke 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased." The water baptism was fulfilling the righteousness of God. When Jesus humbled to John the Baptist, obeyed a common simple ritual to fulfill all righteousness, he prayed; and God answered him immediately. God the Holy Ghost descended on him; and God the Father said in an audible voice, that Jesus was his beloved Son. But now a days, people do not obey God in anything, even in water baptism, finding many theological and social reasons not to obey God; but they pray, and nothing will happen, since God will not listen to their prayers.

John 17th chapter records a few important prayers of Jesus. It begins with "1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: ... 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do." Jesus made a prayer with commitment in both verses. The Son did glorify the Father by doing what the Father has send him to do even unto the cruel death of the cross. Jesus told the same statement on the cross also in "John 19:30 ... It is finished:" The grace gospel preachers twist them to preach nonsense. We see that the Father kept his manifest presence with the Son throughout his crucifixion, resurrection, and until his anointing as Omnipotent Spirit God again. This was how God the Father has glorified his beloved Son Jesus, and his prayer was answered gloriously. If we glorify God by obeying him until the end, God will glorify us by anointing us as his Sons to inherit his eternal kingdom in heaven. This is the doctrine of God; but false preachers, who are theologians and pastors, twist this doctrine and preach doctrines of Satan. The following verse of Jesus may surprise you. Jesus says in "9, ...: I pray not for the world, ..." Here Jesus says that he will not pray for the unconverted sinning worldly people. But our prayer warriors, pray only for worldly people, for them to have the blessings of this world and heaven, whereas, even they themselves will not go to heaven. And none of these prayers will save any sinning person from hell; and yet it is the prayer point for almost all Christians.

"Matthew 26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder." He came to Gethsemane to pray to the Father. Please notice, Jesus did not tell his disciples to pray together in his very critical time, but he told them to stay behind, and he will go alone to pray. "37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me." On the offset, it appears that Jesus asked his three intimate disciples to pray for him, but he told them to watch with him, that is to keep close company in his fearful weak moment, but it is not to pray for him. "39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." He prayed alone and poured his heart to his Father. So also, all our important prayers must be in the closet and in private, alone with God. "41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Jesus told them to pray for themselves so that they may not enter into temptation, but it was not to pray for Jesus. This is important for us to notice. It is our habit to ask anybody saying, "pray for me, pray for me." No! it is a bad habit, you must pray for yourself to God, and in private.

3. What things Jesus taught his disciples to pray: what things he teaches us to pray?

Jesus Christ taught his disciples how to pray and how not to pray. "Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward." Our preachers and pastors also pray the same way as the Pharisees and Scribes; because it is their job, which are just rituals; and they are getting their rewards from people; and Jesus says that they will get nothing from God. "6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." Please notice two things. First is, God is your Father; and so, you must be in the position of his child. Second is, your prayer must be in private. Then, God will answer you. "7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking." Our prayers may be with persistence, but it must not be nuisance repetition; if so, it will be in vain; and we become like heathens. "8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him." Remember that God knows everything, including the things that you need. So, prayer is conveying your intimacy and love toward God, more than merely asking a bunch of things that you are in need of.

"Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name." We must begin with hallowed be thy name. Hallowed means be sanctified or be holy; and so, we must pray to God the Father, let his name be sanctified, or be holy on earth. Then, "10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." As we pray, we must desire his kingdom to come on earth; righteousness and holiness will fill his kingdom; so, we must become righteous and strive to become holy. If his righteousness fills his people on earth, his kingdom has come, and his name be glorified and so, his name become hallowed. "11 Give us this day our daily bread." Secondly, we may ask our food for today, it is daily bread. This prayer may not be even relevant for us today, since we have our bread for a week in our fridge, and for a month in our freezer. So, asking todays bread to God is just a meaningless litany. The next point is, "12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." So, it is to forgive our debts, which is to forgive our sins. But there is a condition attached to it in 14&15. ["14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."] It says, if only we forgive those who harmed us, our sins may also be forgiven, or else it will not be. The next one is, "13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." Here temptation is tribulation, and his disciples were always under persecution, but we are not in such tribulation; and so, it may not even apply to us. So, in a nutshell, we must forgive others for our sins to be forgiven, and we must be righteous and be striving to be holy for the kingdom of God to come to us and in us. So, what is prayer? In short, God knows what we need; so, it is not asking things. But prayer is to commune with God and to be one with him.

Please notice this; Primarily, God accepts prayers if people are with repentance, but he will reject them if they are with self-boasting. An example is in Luke 18:10-14, you may read it from the transcript or from the bible. It is the prayers of a Pharisee and a publican. Publican asked God to have mercy on him a sinner, he was justified and the Pharisee was rejected. ["Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."] 

Jesus Christ and his disciples prayed to God all the time, but in private. I have a few verses below for you to read. Please read these references, they are not in the video to save time. ["Matthew 6:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. Mark 1:35 Jesus, And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Mark 6:46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. Acts 10:9 ... Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: Acts 10:30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."]

Disciples had to face many tribulations in the ministry, and they prayed for the power of the Spirit and boldness from God. They were group prayers for specific point of that need. They were not like our prayer meetings; we make lists to pray, including salvation for every criminal around the world. The prayers of our "prayer warriors ministries" are mockery and they are abomination to God. Please look at how do they pray, comparing them with scripture prayers, and know the difference. I have a few prayer references from scripture below. Please read them and compare them with the prayers of our preachers. Prayer of preachers are abomination to God. ["Acts 4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. 12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. Romans 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; 31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; 2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. 1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."]

Apostles and elders of the churches regularly prayed for believers so that God may keep them holy, protect them from evil, with spiritual wisdom, revelation of knowledge, and such. We must also pray this for our believers. Please read the reference scriptures in the transcript. ["2 Corinthians 13:7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. Ephesians 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 1 Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 25 Brethren, pray for us. 2 Thessalonians 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:"]

4. Is it prayer to tell God what to do; like we drive a bulldozer to do our job?

Prayer must be our interacting with God, through an intimate, individual, unorganized form of petitioning, praising, and thanksgiving. Prayer must be our devout relationship with God, in a form of worship, spiritual communion, supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, confession, or such things. Such must be the general purpose and principle of prayer. If they are not, God may not listen to our prayers; then prayers go to thin air, and they will be in vain. And then, prayers will be just rituals, and we go through them only for religious obligations. In such prayers, we seem to recite something for a show, for people to hear and admire; and at the end they say amen, assuming that the job is done. So, prayers became meaningless religious rituals.

Bulldozer is a powerful machine. We do a lot of works with a bulldozer that without it we cannot do. God is omnipotent, he can do all things, and nothing is impossible to him. Do we pray to God as we drive a bulldozer, to do the things that we cannot do otherwise? Bulldozer as a machine, has no choice but to do as we operate. Most preachers command Jesus Christ to do what they want him to do. Does God submit to the preachers as a bulldozer? Preachers are arrogant; they do not even believe that God exists; but they are all for a show and for money. They advertise prayers for people to gather, for an all-night prayer, fasting and prayer, pray for India, pray for the nations, pray for the earthquake disaster relief, for great revival, for a breakthrough prayer, and many other kinds of prayer. They make new points as the meeting is going along to keep them enthusiastic, interesting, and entertaining. All such prayer meetings are organized efforts to collect money for themselves. God will punish them for using his name for a show and for money. You better escape from such people and from the wrath of God. Another group that prays is ignorant people; they ask God what all they want; tell God what is going on in the world; remind God what is in the bible; gossip and chitter-chatter with God, and such things. They are just irrelevant, but they do not do harm to others. They are religious, but they are not godly.

5. Prayer ministries are done mostly by Con Artists; they are abomination to God.

Do you know who a con-artist is? He is the one who cheats or tricks others by persuading them to believe something that is not true. Con artists usually live by scamming a few rich women; but in our case they scam thousands of hard working common Christian fools and become millionaires. Here con artists are preachers, who use the name of Jesus Christ and God. They manipulate, cheat, and deceive those who trust them. Through deception, they fool people into believing that they can receive money, healing, prosperity, and such from God abundantly; but in fact, it is the con artist who ends up taking the victim's money for nothing. They appear before you as holy servants of God, but in reality they are crooks, hustlers, swindlers, cheaters, deceivers, frauds, and scammers. What they do is crime and sin. If you are not a total idiot and fool, but unfortunately most of us are, and if you believe the true God of righteousness and holiness, but not a bogus fake God, who is another Jesus; it is simple and easy to spot them right on; because they will be going after your money using the name of God, and will try to convince you that you are giving them money for your own good, because God will give you back multiplied many fold. It is just a hoax. They will make you addicted to give; even if you are suspicious, you cannot stop giving them money, thinking that what if they are of God. If you are righteous and not covetous, your Spirit will not accept them; and you will escape from their deception.

Let me give an example of a con artist preacher evangelist. He is from India, and I knew him personally. He was a son of a teacher; he also got a job as a teacher, and then he got a job in a bank. Life was not prosperous. Then he took bible study in a church. He taught about the love of Jesus and his cross, with a little compassion and tears. He did find that he has the skill to induce emotion to people with the message of the cross and love of Jesus. To make the long story short, he told people that God wanted to bless people and make them prosperous, and it is through him. It began with one plan, then it was multiplied to twelve plans, and many more plans came through him. Let me give the principle of his plans. God told him that if you give him money to pray for your children, for every child by name, and he will keep their name before God and pray, and then God will pour his blessings on your child that you paid money for and made a partner with his ministry. He called this as young partner's plan, and this as the plan of God. Then he began other such plans for house, job, prosperity, health, and what not; money was pouring to him, and God is liable to bless them, as he was becoming richer and richer. Then God told him to build prayer towers in many places. Then God told him to build a university to educate his people. This man became a multi-millionaire, and a few years ago he passed away. But his plans are still alive, and it is set up as perpetual income for his son and grandchildren. This is a typical example of a con artist job. Most Christians are fools and are sentimental. They are willingly and happily become victims for such con artists. They have nothing to do with God and their prayers are fake and abomination. If their victims have just lost money, it is okay; but they lost their souls also; since they give money as they play lottery, in greed for easy profit on earth, using the name of God.

6. God's people pray in group; thieves pray, one to escape cross or other for heaven.

Let me also give two examples for group prayers. In "Acts 1:4 Jesus Christ commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me." They assembled in the upper room to pray. "14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, ..." How did they pray in one accord? Every one of them prayed the same prayer; to be filled with the promise of the Father from heaven. "Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting." About 120 people prayed, but it was one prayer, that is to fill them with the power of God, and they were filled. The next example is this. The context was that king Herod apprehended apostle Peter, put him in prison and decided to kill him. "Acts 12:5 says, Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him." Everybody prayed for one request in one accord to God to deliver Peter out of the hand of Herod, and God delivered him. These are examples of group prayers in the bible. Prayers of our groups are entirely different.

Let me give an unusual example; however, please notice the different nature of these two prayers; it is the difference between praying for life on earth and praying for heavenly things. There were two thieves crucified by the cross of Jesus. "Luke 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us." So, the prayer was to save their lives. Let us look at the statement of the next thief. "40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss." He rebuked the other thief saying, "Dost not thou fear God," and saying that their punishment was just according to their law for their crime. It reveals the fear of God in him. It is unusual, yet he accepts his punishment; and it indicates that he has become a righteous man. At this point, he was converted; and he was a sinner being saved, while he was on the cross. "42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom." Now, as a righteous person and god-fearing man; he saw Jesus in the Spirit, as a king coming into the kingdom of God. He prayed to Jesus to remember him at the time when he will be the king. Look, he has met with the Spiritual reality of a superior faith. This thief looked at Jesus, not as a dying man, but as a coming king of the kingdom of God. His prayer was not to save him from the cross as the prayer of the other thief, but to accept him in the kingdom of God in heaven; and immediately his prayer was sanctioned and approved. "43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise." So, the prayer of faith by a repented converted man, to inherit the kingdom of God in heaven, was readily accepted by the Lord Jesus Christ, and the thief was admitted immediately to Paradise, which is new earth, and it is heaven. The other man's prayer was vain, and that was not even heard. Most of our prayers are for the world.

7. Pray to forgive sins: 1, for worldly benefits; 2, to inherit heaven by his blood.

Christians mostly pray to God for forgiveness of their sins. But most Christians do not know that there are two levels in forgiveness, and they are like a mountain and a molehill. The molehill forgiveness is for such as healing from sickness, finding a job, and such things in the world. Let us see this first. "James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:" If you worship God with true believers, this is possible. But if you are in a social or religious church, you will call who has prayer as business, and you will pay an offering to them for prayer. Such prayer will not even reach God. "15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." If you are among believers, some prayer will heal you, and if the sickness is caused by any sin, the sin may also be forgiven. "16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." So, such prayers will have value, and they may even lead you to spiritual and godly life. 

The second level of prayer also is for forgiveness, but it will be with an intention to inherit the kingdom of God in heaven. In this you will be washed by the blood of Jesus Christ, which will qualify you to inherit the kingdom in heaven. However, this has a pre-requisite that the resurrected Jesus Christ must have turned you away from your sins; it is by Acts 3:26. [Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.] Then he will wash you with his blood. If it is not by his blood, then he will forgive you and give worldly blessings, but you will have no inheritance in his kingdom in heaven. I have a lesson made for this very topic, and so, for want of time, let me give a link for you to study this very important topic: "Forgiven." May God provide all your needs in this world, but also the treasures in the kingdom of God in heaven. The glory of the world will perish, but the heavenly glory will be everlasting in the kingdom of heaven. "1 Corinthians 2:9 says, But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." Will you be satisfied with a molehill, or do you desire the mountain, even the Mount Zion? May God prosper your Soul.

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