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Romans 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.Christians everywhere study prayer for many different reasons. Some want to harness the power of the prayer in Matthew 16:20:
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."We want control. We want to be able and talk to God and for him to respond to our needs. We also see so many situations which we believe we know what is best.
I am sure you can think of many other reasons we pray. What struck me about the topic of prayer is how much we study prayer to be able to control it.
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If our friends all got together and compared their notes on how to communicate to us in order to get what they want—how would this make us feel?
Is the purpose of prayer to get what we want or is it really about the relationship with God?
This is why I really like what is said in Romans 8:26 (see above). It paints the picture to me of a relationship which is so good and intimate it may resemble a couple who have been married for years and are in retirement and their movements with each other resemble a dance. Words are not always said, but they know each other so well as to not step on each others toes.
Isaiah 56:7Christians in Photojournalism’s strength is in our prayer life. While individual prayer is our first priority, it is often when we are with those who are on a similar path in this life that we can learn from each other.
“these I will bring to my holy mountain
and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations."
Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”