OUR ONLY HOPE
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by [Greek “through”] me.” John 14:6. Salvation is in Christ. One can only be saved through Jesus Christ. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12. The gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s power to save anyone today. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. Eternal life and salvation are in Christ. “Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” 2 Timothy 2:10. The Word of God says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3.
LORD TEACH US TO PRAY
This was the request of Jesus’ disciples in Luke 11:1; Cf. Matthew 6:8. God knows what we need even before we pray, however, we are told to pray. God only accepts prayers that have the right purpose and motive behind them. Matthew 6:6-8; James 4:3.
LORD LOOK AT MY HEART
Those who are proud of themselves are not approved and accepted by God. James 4:6-10; 1 Peter 5:5-6. God extends His grace to those who are humble. Christians are to be clothed with humility toward one another.
LORD, TO WHOM, DO I PRAY?
In Matthew 6:9, Jesus taught His disciples to address their prayers to God the Father. In Ephesians 5:20, Paul taught Christians to pray to God the Father, in the name [by the authority] of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the one and only mediator between you and God. 1 Timothy 2:5; John 14:6; Acts 4:12. Prayers are not to be addressed to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Since Jews and Muslims do not pray in the name [by the authority] of Jesus, their prayers are not answered. Christians should be committed, devoted, and dedicated to prayer. Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
LORD, WHAT SHOULD I PRAY FOR?
Jesus taught that one should pray for their daily food, drink, clothing, forgiveness of sins, and to overcome sin. Matthew 6:11-15, 25-32. The forgiveness of our sins depends upon our willingness to forgive others. We are to pray for those who are sick and suffering. James 5:13, 16; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. We are to pray for ALL men. 1 Timothy 2:1-4. God wants all men to be saved therefore we should pray for open doors to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are to pray for more workers. Matthew 9:37-38. We are to pray for our family. Ephesians 5:25, 28. The prayers of a husband and wife who are fighting are hindered. 1 Peter 3:7. We are to pray to overcome worry and anxiety. Philippians 4:6.
Only the saved will be in heaven. Examples of those who were saved in the New Testament: Acts 2:14-42; 8:5-13; 8:30-39; 9:17-18, 22:6-16, 26:12-18; 10:34-48; 16:13-15; 16:25-34; 18:8; 19:1-7. One must hear, believe, repent, confess and be immersed according to these examples! John 12:48.