Prayer is like a telephone that calls God for help
-What is the definition of prayer?
-What is true prayer?
-Why so many churchgoers don’t get their prayers answered?
Authors: Johnson and Pearl
The Pure Gospel and Revival website,
(all scriptures are quoted from the KJV Bible, unless otherwise indicated)
- Luke 11:2 (KJV) “And He (Jesus) said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.”
- John 9:31 (KJV) “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth His will, him He heareth.”
- Psalm 66:18 (KJV) “If I (David, a righteous man) regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.
- Proverbs 28:9 King James Version “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”
“Prayer was designed by God to be like a telephone that calls God for help. We can ask God for His presence, help, intervention, solution, provision, wisdom, guidance, resources, protection, revival, and miracle power. Obviously, for those that exalt themselves as the “god” and “lord” of their own lives, they are too arrogant to ask God for help, so they rely on human wisdom, knowledge, and resources. That’s why very few people pray to God, and the few that do mostly pray out of a selfish and covetous motive.” –Johnson and Pearl
“Although some teach this, prayer is not casually talking to God, because Jesus said, a Pharisee once tried casually talking to God but was actually talking to himself. (Luke 18:11) Prayer has to be talking to God according to His truth and will, not according to your will, ambition, vanity, hypocrisy. ” －Johnson and Pearl
“Before you pray, make sure that the God and Jesus that you are praying to is the God and Jesus of the True Gospel, because a false gospel will talk about an imaginary false God and “another Jesus”(2 Corin 11:4). A false gospel will always produce false Christians that only pray out a selfish and covetous motive. Of course, such prayers will never be heard and that’s why so many false Christians are actually wasting their time by praying to the ceiling.” －Johnson and Pearl
“Prayer is humbly surrendering one’s selfish will to God, and praying that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Man’s will is full of selfishness and self-interest, but God’s will is perfect in every way and best benefits both the Creator and the creation.”(Luke 22:42, Luke 11:2, Matt6:9-10, 1 John 5:14-15, Luke 22:41-42) －Johnson and Pearl
Luke 11:2-4 (KJV) “And He said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.”
“Prayer is yielding, agreeing, and executing God’s will.” －Johnson and Pearl
“Prayer is asking God to do what He already wants to do.” －Johnson and Pearl
“Today, skin-deep pastors or preachers intentionally teach prayer to be very easy, as if any sinning churchgoers can pray to God and have their prayer answered. But the Bible say, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will NOT hear me. And, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the (moral) law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” (Ps 66:18, Prov 28:9) －Johnson and Pearl
“A praying man will stop sinning; a sinning man will stop praying.” －Leonard Ravenhill
“Without prayer we cannot live the Christian life. Prayer means power. More prayer means more power.” －Leonard Ravenhill
“By a strange paradox those who pray most feel they pray little." －Leonard Ravenhill
“Ministers who do not spend two hours a day in prayer are not worth a dime a dozen, degrees or no degrees.” －Leonard Ravenhill
“Prayerlessness is sin. In First Samuel 12:23, God calls prayerlessness sin.” －Leonard Ravenhill
1 Samuel 12:23 (KJV)“Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (KJV) “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
“Prayerlessness is sin, because its core attitude is: “I’m not really interested in God’s will being done on earth, because I still have somethings that I prefer doing according to my own will, methods, and plans. I still want to live life and do things my way. Therefore, to me, prayer is not first priority. Nevertheless, this attitude is sin. It is just the same as Satanism’s core thinking, which is: not God’s will, but my will be done.” －Johnson and Pearl
“Prayerlessness is saying: I am not willing to place prayer as first priority, because I am fine without God’s help. But don’t forget, the atheists and Satanists think the same way. If you are a churchgoer but think like this, then you are definitely a fake Christian or a backslider. That’s why few churchgoers pray everyday and attend prayer meetings, even fewer people have the drive to prayer for Pentecostal revival and the salvation of lost souls.” －Johnson and Pearl
“Prayerlessness is arrogantly telling God you don’t need His help or His grace to overcome sin and difficulties in life. Prayerlessness is arrogantly telling God you are not interested in doing His will and rather God leave you alone and let you rot in your own arrogance and sin." －Johnson and Pearl
“Prayerlessness is disobedience, for God’s command is that men ought always to pray and not to faint.” －Leonard Ravenhill
Luke 18:1 (NIV) *The Parable of the Persistent Widow
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”
“Prayer is a 2-way operation-man talking to God and God talking to man. To many prayer, is dry because they do all the talking.” －Leonard Ravenhill
“Continual prayer is the only cure against giving up! If you stop praying, that means you have given up asking.” －Johnson and Pearl
Romans 12:12 (KJV) “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.”
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” －Corrie ten Boom
Colossians 4:2 (KJV) “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.”
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