Obedient Steps of Faith – BT27
Our part is to draw close-beside in conversational-prayer, but this also takes faith
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From the previous BLOGS you can see that key to righteous-living for God’s “kingdom to come and His will to be done” (a) is simply routinely having trusting-relying-faith, but the key to having that comes done to routinely having a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of the Lord through routinely having a koinonia communal, sharing relationship of agape unconditional-love with Him, but the key to having that comes down to routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying! See Conversational-Prayer. <Notes> a) Matthew 6:10; cf. Luke 11:2.
But even that takes some level of trusting-relying-faith as Hebrews 11:6 states: “For whoever would routinely proserchomai draw near/close-beside to God (a) must definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith that He presently/ongoingly exists and that He presently/ongoingly becomes a rewarder to those who routinely earnestly seek Him out.” I know some people who haven’t prayed to God at all because they don’t even have this much trusting-relying-faith! <Notes> a) a Hebrew idiom closely associated to worshipful proseuche conversational-prayer.
Faith feeds faith just as Paul said: “For the righteousness of/belonging-to God is presently/ongoingly uncovered-to-be-revealed from [1 step of] trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of [the next step of] trusting-relying-faith, just as it has been written (a): ‘And The righteous [one] shall-actually zoa genuinely-live ek out-from trusting-relying-faith” (b). The Christian life is birthed and grows from routinely having trusting-relying-faith, from one step to the next until our end, and that’s the only way God’s righteousness is accomplished under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant. <Notes> a) from Habakkuk 2:4, b) Romans 1:17.
We have one part to play to get the ball rolling! It is to draw close-beside to God through Christ who intercedes for us (a) with a non-doubting single-mindedness of trusting-relying-faith that God will also eggizo draw extremely near/close-beside us in response (b) with confidence to the throne of unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace for help in the time of need (c) with a full assurance of trusting-relying-faith (d) or with hope dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of which we presently/ongoingly eggizo draw extremely near/close-beside to God (e) for without trusting-relying-faith it is absolutely-in-fact impossible to please/gratify God (f). <Notes> a) Hebrews 7:25, b) James 4:8, c) Hebrews 4:16, d) Hebrews 10:22, e) Hebrews 7:19, f) Hebrews 11:6.
Proseuche conversational-prayer is “alert or watchful” (a) similar to the OT “watchmen over the house of the LORD” (b) that Jesus said was “God’s house of prayer” (c), where you “wait for Yahweh” (d). It most often talked about in the New Testament (e) and commanded “ought to” or “routinely be earnest” and “constantly” or “continue steadfastly” or “without ceasing” or “at all times” or “always” (f). That’s not even counting all the times “ask, seek, or knock” (g) are spoken of regarding prayer that are always in the present participle form to stress a routine, habitual lifestyle. It’s the most-often-spoken devotion of the early Christians (h) that we must create as a habitual lifestyle. How else are we going to discern the will of God – see below? With all that said, it’s amazing that it’s practically the last priority of many modern churches and Christians. No wonder we are so powerless! <Notes> a) Matthew 26:38, 41; Mark 14:38; Colossians 4:2; Ephesians 6:18; cf. Matthew 24:42; Romans 12:12, b) 2 Kings 11:18; 2 Chronicles 23:18, c) Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46, d) 2 Kings 6:33; Psalms 27:14, 31:24, 33:20, 37:9, 34, 130:5-6; Proverbs 20:22; Isaiah 8:17, 40:31, e) 37 times as the noun proseuche and 86 times as the verb proseuchomai, f) Luke 18:1, 21:36; Romans 12:12; Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17, g) together in Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-10, h) Acts 1:14, 2:42, 6:4; cf. 1 Corinthians 7:5.
Speaking in tongues is likely a form of proseuche conversational-prayer by the Spirit as a grace-gift (a) instead of your mind – see Conversational-Prayer – BT22. Jude 1:20-21 says: “routinely be building-up yourselves in the most holy trusting-relying-faith of yours, routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying by-the-means-of [singular] Holy Spirit. [I strongly urge you to] keep yourself by-the-means-of [singular] unconditional-love of God.” There is the common coupling of “faith and love!” This sounds much like Ephesians 6:17-18 that admonishes us to “put on the whole armor of God” that includes “taking-up the sword of the Spirit, which is the directly-spoken-rhema-word of God, dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of proseuche conversation-prayer and/coupled deesis supplication-prayer, routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying in every season by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit and eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of watching this-very-thing.” <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28.
But we also know from Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:14-15 that “if I proseuchomai conversationally-pray in a glossa tongue, The Spirit (a) of/belonging-to me proseuchomai conversationally-prays o de but-now-to-the-opposite-party [singular] mind of/belonging-to me (b) is unfruitful-unproductive. What am I to do? I will proseuchomai conversationally-pray by-the-means-of The Spirit of/belonging-to me, de kai however also by-the-means-of the [singular] mind . . . [same for singing].” This prayer in tongues (c) shouldn’t be confused with addressing the congregation to deliver a logos message in tongues that should be interpreted in order to build everybody up (d) because it’s actually a sign for unbelievers (e) (f), as with “all Spirit-kind-of grace-gifts should be earnestly-desired” (g). <Notes> a) singular pneuma with the definite article is always a reference to the Holy Spirit, b) no article, also indicates a different party, c) 1 Corinthians 13:8, 14:16, d) 1 Corinthians 12:30, 14:6, 23, e) as missionaries can attest, f) to1 Corinthians 14:22, g) 1 Corinthians 14:1.
Therefore Paul brags: “I thank God that I presently/ongoingly speak in tongues more than all of you” (a), so he encourages then: “now I presently/ongoingly desire-what-is-best-for you ALL to presently/ongoingly speak in tongues” (b) and “to in-possibility-NOT to presently/ongoingly forbid presently/ongoingly speaking in tongues” (c). It’s absolutely insane so many churches have blatantly disobeyed Paul’s clear teaching and warnings on praying and publicly giving messages by tongues! Nevertheless the key signs of the Holy Spirit coming upon Christians was tongues and prophesy (d) that are often related (e). <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 14:18, b) 1 Corinthians 14:5, c) 1 Corinthians 14:39, d) Acts 2:4, 10:44-46, 19:6, e) 1 Corinthians 14:6.
Proseuche conversational-prayer, NOT bible-study is how the apostles discerned what, when, where, and how they were going to preach the gospel to fulfill the Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations” (a) and “going into all the world to proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (b) – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT7. A key to “being metamorphically transformed by the renewal of your mind in order that by practice-testing you may dokimazo scrutinize-to-discern what is the will of God is routinely being proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted in proseuche conversational-prayer” (c). Paul also said: “Ongoingly peirazo test/try-to-prove yourselves to see whether you are in The-Trusting-Relying-Faith. Now, you can see why I created an entire BLOG on proseuche Conversation-Prayer and several on prayerful discernment – see Bible Info – BT2, Least Among You – BT8, and New Covenant Ways – BT16. Through this devotion everything else grows, especially your trusting-relying-faith! <Notes> a) Matthew 28:19, b) Mark 16:15-16, c) Romans 12:2, 12.
In Colossians 4:2 Paul says, “Ongoingly be earnest towards (a) proseuche conversational-prayer, habitually watching (b) in it with thanksgiving.” Why? Because he understands that if we pray like he did, we can also be filled with the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God’s will, as Paul said earlier in Colossians 1:9-12, “We have not ceased to proseuchomai conversationally-pray for you and/coupled asking [God] in order that you might be filled-to-completion with the genuine, experiential, relational, epignosis knowledge of God’s will by all [kinds of] Spirit-kind-of sophia wisdom and/coupled sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding/knowledge.” Clearly this is how we “learn, discern, or understand” God’s will – through revelation by the means of the Spirit! But the whole process starts with proseuche conversational-prayer! <Notes> a) persevere, diligent, attend assiduously, b) staying awake, alert, attentive, vigilant.
That’s why Paul realizes in 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, that although the road to the final judgment of God is very long and there is much affliction and suffering expected from persecution meanwhile, the only way these Christians were going to get through it is by God’s enabling-power and this requires proseuche conversational-prayer: “To this end we always proseuchomai conversationally-pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every one [of your] delights of/belonging-to goodness and/coupled [singular] work of/belonging-to [singular] trusting-relying-faith by-the-means-of His dunamis enabling-power, [in a manner so] that the name/reputation of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in/among you, and you in Him, kata down-from/according-to the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” In Romans 15:13, Paul knows how Christians are going to get the things they need: “May the God of hope pleroo fill-to-completion you with all joy and peace in/by/with having The-Trusting-Relying-Faith, so that by-the-means-of the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”