Saturday, January 31, 2015

What are the elements of prayer?

Matthew 8:2 reads: A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, You can make me clean."  Verse 3: Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man.  "I am willing," He said.  "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.

Reading in the "Christian Year of Grace," Johann Spangenberg writes: (To the elements of prayer there are) Four things: first, we should pray in the name of the Lord (John 16:23); second, submit our will to God's will; third, ask in faith (James 1:6); fourth, present our problem in the briefest way possible.

The leper's prayer contains these four elements.  Can you identify them?

First - "Lord"

Second - "If you are willing"

Third - "You can"

Fourth - "Make me clean"

Also, Spangenberg says "Prayer (is) the best work we can do on earth."