Welcome! In this place I introduce you to The Lord Jesus Christ’s faith i.e. the fellowship of God through Prayer.
Many bore witness of great miracles, wonders, and signs that were done by Him, but He said something very remarkable.
“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” John 5.30
Be familiar with these words:
“… Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 4.6
“So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” Romans 9.16
This is simply to introduce us to doctrine of Jesus Christ; of repentance from dead works.
It states that we can not please God by our works, done in our own ability and own selves. It states that we must turn away from sinful and self-righteous acts.
This doctrine is typified in the following scriptures;
“And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 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. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 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. 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.” Luke 18.9-14
In the above, we see a man who dwelt in his own good acts, and was rejected of God. Why? For our best works are as filthy rags before God.
This introduces us to another doctrine; of faith towards God.
It states that we are only righteous by believing; having faith towards God. That we dwell on the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed unto us, and that we live our lives now no more from or as servants of the flesh, but from and as servant-sons of God.
Where did this self-righteous tendency come? It came from the attempt to meet God’s unattainable (by human strength) standards, known as The Law.
However, in this dispensation we live not as observing external laws etched on tablets of stone, or on scrolls, but God: The Holy Spirit who dwells in us, is our law.
We live by faith, standing on The Grace i.e. the empowerment which comes from God to fellowship with Him, and serve Him.
Prayer is the primary means, through which this grace is made available unto you and I. Both private and public prayer.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4.16
In this part, we talk about private prayer.
I encourage you in your place of private prayer, to make expectant requests of God in the name of Jesus Christ i.e. as one sent by Jesus Christ to the place of prayer, continuing until there are no more doubts, you are at peace, or the request has been visibly answered.
In so doing, you will know God in a way you may not have known Him before. For He is longsuffering, gentle, and good. As you continue in prayers, His attitude will be birthed in you in longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness.