6 Elements of Prayer
6 Elements Below
1. Worship —- is an act of religious devotion usually directed towards a deity. An act of worship may be performed individually, in an informal or formal group, or by a designated leader. Holding and Praising The Lord with your hands and voice.
2. Intercession —- In Christianity, intercession or intercessory prayer is the act of praying to God on behalf of others. In Islam it is called Shafa’ah which is a form of prayer to request God by the sake of those who are near to Him in order that as a member of the believing community one could hope for the intercession of the intercessors and hence deliverance from eternal damnation though not necessarily from temporary one.
3. Repentance —- is acknowledging that you have done something wrong, and you are remorseful about it. Accepting that you have committed a sin and you are willing to confess and hope for forgiveness from God. According to Christianity to be able to obtain salvation you must first repent from your sin. “Jesus began to preach saying, repent for the kingdom of God is at hand” Mathew 4:17.
Jesus is believed to be the son of God according to Christianity. Jesus preached repentance to the people of Israel, encouraging them to turn away from sin that the Kingdom of God is near. The kingdom of God refers to heaven. According to Christianity whoever believes in Jesus and accepts him as their eternal lord and savior will make it to heaven. “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them” John 3:36.
This was Jesus preaching to the Israelite. When we repent and commit our lives to God, he brings out of imprisonment and cleanses our soul. He cleanses us by showing us love and acceptance. Repentance is a very important stage in every Christian’s life. Everybody is predestined to fall short of God’s glory; only by repenting can you attain his love and mercy back. Most of the well known prophets in the bible preached about repentances.
Apostle Paul who was one of Jesus disciples preaches a lot about repentance according to the bible. Acts 2:38 says “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of our sin” Apostle Paul was basically preaching about repentance to the people of Israel emphasizing the fact that they have to commit their lives to Christ. After the death of Jesus, Paul and the other disciples set the platform for the word of God to be speared.
Before Jesus there was a prophet called “John the baptize”. His purpose was essentially to prepare for the coming of Jesus. He also preached about repentance, “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance” Luke 3:8. John was preparing for the coming Jesus Christ. He was telling the people to repent of their sin and commit their lives to God to prevent punishment.
God must punish all sinners or he is not just 2 Thessalonian 1:6. The story of the prodigal son is a Great example of repentance from the bible. In brief it’s about a boy who left his father’s house with all his personal belongings to live a life on his own. For a while he was fine, but over time slandered all his property and could not cope. He realized what he did was wrong, went back to his father to repent and confess his sins and his father welcomed him in with open arms. Jesus used this example to illustrate the power of repentance to people Israel. Luke 15:1-32. Sin is very difficult to escape so we should always learn to seek repentance from God.
4. Surrendering —- This is when we finally decide to give up our old life and give our hearts and life to Jesus Christ. When we humble ourselves before Him and accept Him as our Lord and Saviour.
5. Praise —- is the act of expressing approval or thanks. We are to Thank the Lord for everything, from us waking up in the morning to the tests and trials we go through and all the blessings He graciously gives to us.
6. Petition —- is a request to do something, most commonly addressed to The Lord. Petitions is a form of prayer called supplication.